Michael Voumard’s involvement with the Tasmanian ATOD sector is extensive both as a practitioner and as a Board Director with the ATDC.
Known for his ‘calming and astute approach’, Michael’s dedication to the Tasmanian ATOD sector is evident and his contribution has been significant spanning over 20+ years.
Michael is a passionate advocate for the ATOD sector and records indicate that his involvement with the ATDC Board ‘officially’ commenced in 2001 – as an inaugural member of the organisation’s original working committee. However, Michael’s contribution to the sector extends beyond that time, to the 1990’s when Michael was a member of a small and persuasive group of individuals who successfully advocated for the establishment of an independent peak body for the Tasmanian community-managed ATOD sector.
Over the years, Michael has worked in a variety of front-line and management roles across the Tasmanian community sector including the Drug Education Network, Relationships Australia Tasmania, and Anglicare Tasmania.
During this time, Michael has also continued to actively contribute to the work of the ATDC. Most recently as Chairperson, under Michael’s leadership the ATDC radically transformed into a highly respected and well-governed ATOD peak body organisation. In particular, his considered and respectful approach has been invaluable in navigating delicate negotiations and maintaining productive engagement with multiple stakeholders.
Stephen Brown CEO of Launceston City Mission, and former ATDC Board Director, has described Michael as always keeping people first and foremost as his priority.
“With a warm personality and genuine concern for people, Michael is a calming and passionate advocate for the needs of those with lived experience of alcohol and drug use. He always brings the client perspective and would contribute and later lead the Board with wisdom and humility for many years during a time when ATDC grew in complexity and influence. During the years of his Board tenure, he truly served the interests of the organisation and the people comprising our sector”
Michael’s commitment over many years has helped to raise the profile of the Tasmanian ATOD sector and to improve the care of many who have chosen to seek support.
The status of life membership is only be awarded to individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the ATDC and /or the ATOD sector over a long period of time. Life membership is granted only by a General Meeting on the express recommendation of the Board. The Board agreed that Michael’s contribution to the ATDC, and the Tasmanian ATOD sector has been outstanding, and recommended that he be awarded the status of Life Membership of the ATDC at the 2022 ATDC Annual General Meeting.