Connections Inc. | Our Mission & Vision

Connections is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides individual disability support, training, programs and advocacy in mental health and wellbeing. Connections vision is to Improve Mental Health and support people with Disability in the Community and achieves this by providing relevant evidence-based learning and life skill development programs that assist in the facilitation of recovery.

​Connections is committed to supporting people to be well resourced and make choices regarding all aspects of their individual support. We encourage the people we work with to make informed decisions about every day and long-term lifestyle issues, and to direct their own journey towards well being and recovery. Each person’s individual needs are identified, and the planning offered will be responsive to these needs. Connections acknowledges its responsibility to respond to the individual need of each client, and ensures that the persons plan is guided by an individual’s goals and aspirations.

Connections also recognises each person’s right to the social justice principle of self-determination. It is committed to service provision in a manner that is consistent with the principles of dignity of risk and duty of care. Connections promotes the rights of people who experience mental illness and / or psychiatric disability to be active and valued members of their community. Participants are encouraged and supported to develop strategies which enable them to manage their mental illness and recovery.

We see ourselves as an agent for change rather than just a service provider, where we acknowledge people who use our services strengths and abilities, and work on expanding on people’s capabilities.

Connections also understands and values the need for activities, information, training and workshops to be delivered within the community, which assists people to understand and manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

Provide leading support and services to people living with disability and mental ill health.

Community leadership in disability and mental health awareness, support and advocacy.

Be the preferred and trusted disability and mental health services partner in our community

Our people want to make a difference. To one person. To their community. To the world. To each other. 

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Our Guiding Principles

We live these principles every day

Cause

An unyielding commitment to helping make people’s lives better by connecting them with their communities.

Participants

Provide leading support and services to people living with disability and mental ill health.

Community

Community leadership in disability and mental health awareness, support and advocacy.

Collaboration

Be the preferred and trusted disability and mental health services partner in our community.

Colleagues

Our people want to make a difference. To one person. To their community. To the world. To each other.

Meet the Leadership Team of Connections Inc.

Bernie O’Regan

Bernie O’Regan

A progressive and proactive executive, with a proven aptitude and extensive working knowledge of both community and corporate governance, Bernie is a highly attuned and successful business leader and coach in the not-for-profit sector, who is committed to achieving and exceeding organisational benchmarks.

Lisa Denham

Lisa Denham

Lisa is a longer term employee of the organisation, who oversees the day to day operations of the organisation including Human Resources

Meet the board of Connections Inc.

Mark Balmanno

Mark Balmanno

Mark Balmanno was a small business owner for many years where he learnt the importance of staff engagement and financial sustainability. He cares about social inclusion and empowering people to enjoy their life. Mark has been a member of the board for 10 years.

Jacinda McCosker

Jacinda McCosker

I began working in the human services industry in 2005. I have worked across many parts of the sector including homelessness, youth work, community development, mental health, domestic and family violence and supervision.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Arts
  • Bachelor Social Science (Human Services)
  • Master Social Work

I volunteer for Connections board as I feel passionate about all people having access and opportunities to live a safe, happy life. I believe that Connections works alongside people who live with mental health issues and disabilities to achieve this on their own terms. That’s something I want to support.

Peter Mann

Peter Mann

Currently retired, serving as a volunteer Board member with:
  • Connections Inc.
  • Queensland Meals on Wheels
  • STAR Community Services Ltd,
  • Management Committee of Toastmasters Bribie Island.
Joined Connections in the hope of contributing to the well being of mental health and NDIS participants in my local Community.
Anna Morris

Anna Morris

I am passionate about working in the community services sector and I am extremely proud to be part of the organisation that provides community with a much-needed service.

The service industry is not just my passion, it’s my way of life.  It is great to be able to contribute and give back to community using my financial skills. I am CPA with extensive experience providing commercial and financial advice to assist with key decision making. In my position as a Board Treasurer I can combine my skills and expertise in finance area to assist in a not-for-profit sector that is close to my heart. 

I am proud to be a team member in an organisation that has a positive impact in the lives of others

Martine

Martine

Martine is a human services professional with 20+ years’ experience in the sector, spanning child protection, disabilities, youth and drug rehabilitation work.  She has a variety of tertiary qualifications that further back up her knowledge and experience in this industry, including: a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.  She currently manages a supported accommodation program for homeless families, based on the north side of Brisbane.  In her spare time you can find her at the dog park with Buster, or out and about with her two nephews.

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