On 9 November 2016, AMPARO Advocacy held its Annual General Meeting at our new location in Gaythorne.
We were delighted to see so many members and guests in attendance, celebrating AMPARO’s achievements over the past year. Many thanks to you all for your continued support of our organisation.
On this day AMPARO Advocacy presented Gustav Gebels, who stepped down from the Management Committee after more than a decade of service, the first ever Honorary Life Membership. This recognised Gustav’s outstanding loyalty and dedication to the organisation, and the commitment Gustav demonstrated towards defending, protecting and promoting the rights and interests of vulnerable people from non-English speaking backgrounds with disability.
In 1980 Gustav attended an international congress in Winnipeg, Canada, where he and others with disability supported the need to form a World Organisation of Disabled People. Gustav became one of the 14 International Co-Directors of an International Steering Committee working with Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and other Oceanic countries.
Gus supported 15 people with disability to represent Australia at the first World Congress of Disabled People in Singapore in early December 1981. The Disabled Peoples’ International Organisation was officially founded on the 3 December 1981, which has since become International Year of Disabled Persons.
In 1997 Gus joined and co-founded the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) of NSW, and was a Management Committee Member until 2001, when he moved to the Gold Coast in QLD.
In 2002 Gus became a member of the newly formed steering committee which was to grow into an independent advocacy agency for people from a non-English speaking background with disability. And later came to be called AMPARO Advocacy.
Gus has been a valued member of the AMPARO Advocacy’s Management Committee since its incorporation in 2004, travelling to Brisbane from the Gold Coast to attend meetings over the past 14 years.
AMPARO Advocacy sincerely appreciates your time and commitment Gus, thank you!