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Karingal and St Laurence merge to form a stronger local voice

Monday, 8 August, 2016

Karingal will merge with another leading Geelong-based community service organisation St Laurence following an announcement last Friday August 5.

The announcement came after a vote by members of both organisations late last week, with the new entity known as Karingal St Laurence.  The two organisations will now spend time working towards transitioning their businesses into a single entity.  Until this process is completed, Karingal and St Laurence will continue to operate as separate organisations.

Karingal CEO Mike McKinstry has been appointed CEO of Karingal St Laurence while current St Laurence CEO, Toby oConnor, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

"This is a time of significant change that will pave the way for Karingal and St Laurence to grow stronger into the future," Mike said.  "This merger will mean Karingal St Laurence can move forward with more certainty for our clients and families to provide disability, aged care, employment, and housing services to all customers for many years to come."

Board directors from both organisations will fill the nine board positions for Karingal St Laurence with Rod Payne Karingal's current chair, appointed chair of the new merged entity.  Dr Patrick Lockie, the current St Laurence chair, has been appointed deputy chair.

In announcing the merger Karingal chair Mr Rod Payne and St Laurence chair Dr Patrick Lockie noted that the merged entity will be a stronger local voice for disability and aged care and a further dimension to Geelong being regarded as a centre of excellence in these sectors, alongside other key organisations such as NDIA, TAC, Worksafe and Deakin University in Geelong.

 

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