§ Degree in Social Science Majors Counselling, Gerontology
§ Diploma of Community Welfare
§ Counseling course with the Institute of Pastoral Care.
Mike was the inaugural President / Chairperson of QAI, holding that role for five consecutive years. He stood down to apply for a paid position with QAI, which he subsequently held for two years until its funding was cut. After having another year’s break, he was elected back on to the Management Committee, the last two years in the role of Secretary.
Mike was actively and passionately immersed in the disability movement and had a significant involvement in a number of community-based, not-for-profit organizations. For instance, along with with QAI, he was a past Chairperson of Community Resource Unit (CRU), Chairperson of Queensland Disability Housing Coalition (QDHC), Treasurer of Lifestyle Options (LOI), and Member of a number of Reference Groups.
With the Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) Mike played a vital role in the establishment of a nation-wide Speech-to-Speech Relay Service for people with speech and communication difficulties. He was one of the inaugural Directors (and the first with a speech impairment) of ACE, serving in that role for three years, before stepping down to apply for a paid position as National Consultant [Communication Difficulties]. Mike was a member of ACE’s Advisory and Policy Team.
Mike received the Queensland Social Justice Award in 2004 from the Uniting Care Centre for Social Justice, for “outstanding and pioneering contribution to social justice through his role, over many years, in initiating and providing leadership in advocacy for services and human rights for people with disabilities in Queensland”.
Mike was committed to promoting positive values for people with disabilities and to reversing societal prejudices and structures that are counter-productive to such people achieving their rightful place in society. He was a constant campaigner for a just and fully inclusive society, and believed that advocacy is a powerful tool to bring about positive change for those who are marginalized, including of course people with disabilities.
Mike enjoyed reading, spending time with friends, eating out and sport, but mainly cricket and rugby league. He liked all music; in particular, Pop and Jazz.