September 2018 This week, after 10 years leading the organisation in support of children and young people living in families impacted by mental illness, we’re fare welling Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation’s much-loved CEO, Pam Brown.

Pam’s visionary leadership over 10 years and her work as an employee and volunteer has helped position Kookaburra Kids into the trusted national charity it is today. Her passion, energy, hard work and determination have inspired the Kookaburra Kids team, along with Australia’s corporate leaders and generous donors who have united with her to ensure Kookaburra Kids can be there for families facing the challenges of living with mental illness. She has directly impacted the lives of thousands of children, young people and families, expanding the support Kookaburra Kids has been able to provide to support them.

“It has been an honour to lead Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, build my team and support children and young people who live in families affected by mental illness. Knowing these kids and what many of them face every day has been very humbling. Over the years, they have motivated me daily to build a stronger and more wide-spread program so we can help more kids better cope with the difficulties they face.

“I have been particularly proud of the Defence Kids programs we have rolled out recently extending the Kookaburra Kids program to both serving and ex serving Defence families, in particular those who have been affected by PTSD due to military service,” Ms Brown said.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, (previously known as Camp Kookaburra) was founded in 2002 by Dianne Madden who through personal experience identified the lack of support for children living in a family affected by mental illness. The first camp was held with 16 kids. Today over 2000 kids are registered to the Kookaburra Kids program.

Alexandra Zammit, Chair of Kookaburra Kids Foundation, praised Pam’s commitment to the charity since joining as an employee in 2008, and her achievements throughout her time as Chief Executive since 2012.

“Pam’s passion, expertise and determination has been instrumental in transforming Kookaburra Kids. Her warmth, courage and tireless energy have driven the charity forward and ensured significant growth during her tenure. She has been inspirational to the staff and volunteers. She will be missed but I believe it is also a great opportunity for Kookaburra Kids to expand upon the foundations established by Pam and her team over recent years,” said Ms Zammit.

While the organisation conducts a comprehensive executive search to identify an outstanding individual to lead Kookaburra Kids, we’re also delighted to announce Danielle McGloin as our Acting CEO. Members of Kookaburra Kids community of supporters will know Danielle as Kookaburra Kids’ General Manager. Danielle has been a key executive with Kookaburra Kids for 12 months and has been instrumental in the organisation’s recent rapid growth and development.

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