Paul Baulch, Reactivate Group

My passion in guiding children and young people to reach their full potential saw me serve on Hope Street's Corporate Committee for many years, with a view to assisting Hope Street increase its profile amongst corporates, philanthropy and various state and local government operations.

Historically Hope Street had not ventured down this path and to meet the ever increasing need to assist those less fortunate, who do or have experienced homelessness, further financial and material support was necessary. In my own circumstances I had witnessed homelessness and both of my children in their professional careers have also been exposed to what is one of society’s major failures.

With extensive experience in implementing and managing health and wellness programs at some of Australia’s largest corporates, I aspire to make a difference to the health and wellness of the next generation. I have been involved in the corporate world for many years and with other not for profit organisations and because of this I had experience in how they operate, where they are successful and where they need to improve.

My initial views of Hope Street were of an organisation with the right foundations and commitment capable of making a greater difference across the community. When I was invited on the Committee it was an easy decision. The Committee has assisted Hope Street with strategic direction, raising funds and increasing its profile in a number of ways with various events and other activities in line with its mandate.

In a personal sense my time on the Corporate Committee gave me a greater understanding of the solutions available, their effectiveness and the incredible support on offer from the communities in which Hope Street operate.

Hope Street continually "punches above its weight" in the sector in which it operates, it runs a lean administration and its focus continues to be on those who need its help.

Paul Baulch

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