Glynis’ training has a degree in Primary Teaching/Special Education and then in later years she trained as a counsellor. She taught in Early Intervention, in the Public school in special education classes and in the Private school system in mainstream classes. She also taught in TAFE in adult special education classes in literacy and numeracy.
She is married to Mark and has six children, her eldest child has Downs Syndrome.The family moved from Sydney to Parkes in Central NSW, and then to Nowra, with Mark’s teaching appointments. Their home has been here in Nowra for the last 25 years.
She was a founding member of the Down Syndrome Association of NSW back in the early 80’s. She has continued in her community involvement on local boards, has been involved in many Church, community and craft groups at different times over the years.
Glynis enjoys spending time with her family, Grandchildren, reading, photography, sewing and travelling, both in Australia and overseas.
Glynis firmly believes in all people being given the opportunity to reach their potential and to live a rich and fulfilled life.
Vice President: Leith Hamilton
Leith has been connected to FOCAS Shoalhaven for 12 years. Leith has previously held the position of Vice President and is keen to return to the board. Leith has Spina Bifida and continues to be a very powerful advocate for others
Secretary: Kathryn Hopkins
Teacher | Community Services | Human Services, Tourism & Hospitality
TAFE Illawarra Nowra
Kath works full time as a Teacher in the Community Services Section of Nowra TAFE Campus. She is responsible for developing and delivering Certificate to Diploma level training for people working in, or wishing to work in, the community services sector, particularly those with an interest in disability services.
Kath was born locally but left Nowra after high school to study at the University of Sydney, firstly gaining a Social Sciences degree and then later a Masters in Rehabilitation Counselling. After university Kath commenced working in disability services primarily in the areas of open employment and case management. After some years, Kath combined her work in disability services with part time teaching at TAFE and worked in several campuses across the Sydney area. This lead to her securing a full time teaching position. In 2010 she returned to Nowra with her young family and leads an active life, supporting her three boys’ academic, sporting and community pursuits, while also finding some time to participate in a number of sporting and community activities herself.
Kath is a strong advocate for strength-based practices leading to valued roles and inclusion for all members of our community.
Treasurer: Margaret Perkins
Public Officer: Gai Richardson
Gai is a parent of a son with Cerebral Palsy and an Intellectual Disability. Since 2012 Focas has been the provider for her son’s self managed Supported Living Fund.
Gai retired in August 2014 from a Customer Service/Data entry role with Shoalhaven Water, part of Shoalhaven City Council where she was employed for 17 years.
Sport has been a big part of her life and currently enjoys playing golf, tennis and Yoga.
She enjoys outdoor activities such as walking, fishing, going to the beach.
Gai also enjoys going to the movies, concerts, live shows, etc.
Frances Morris - Clarke
FOCAS is governed by a management committee which is responsible for corporate governance of the organisation. The Committee meets monthly to discuss and consider present and future considerations concerning services offered. Individuals, families and supporters with industry experience make up the majority of the management committee. The committee stresses the importance of the provision for a service that authentically addresses the needs and aspirations of individuals and continuously strives for improvement and value.