ATDC welcomes new President

Michael Voumard has been voted the new President of the Board of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania.

He takes over from Stuart Smith, who was farewelled and thanked at the ATDC AGM on October 25, 2017.

Michael is the State Manager Professional Support and Service Improvement at Anglicare Tasmania, and has worked in community services since 1985.

He has worked in various positions, ranging from a direct service worker to management.

Michael started his career in Launceston at what has now become UnitingCare, and has also spent time with organisations including Relationships Australia, The Smith Family, and the Drug Education Network.

He has been with Anglicare for about eight years altogether.

“I think, primarily what drew me to the sector, was a belief if working for social justice …. and doing the right thing by our neighbours,” Michael said.

Michael was a member of the original Board of the ATDC, before departing and then returning to the Board at the 2016 AGM.

“I think the ATDC is in good shape now. I’d hope that during the time I’m President, the Board and staff will work together to leave it in even better shape,” Michael said.

“I think it would be neat if we could get a greater recognition that AOD issues are mainstream, rather than off to the side of the community sector for a start, but also in our society.”

Michael loves football and pretty much any sort of sport, and is keen to find sporting analogies relevant to the sector.

The ATDC welcomes Michael as President, and looks forward to working together.