About Us

About Us

Connect2Group is an Incorporated Association not for profit organisation with members (not shareholders). Operational matters are managed by our CEO and Senior Managers and guided by our Management Committee and our constitution. Our annual report(s) provide more information on achievements throughout the year.

Connect2Group commenced its operations in July 1993 and has over 20 years involvement in the community. Over the years Connect2Group has fostered change in disability services and provides Employment Services at Cleveland, Buranda, Mount Gravatt and Wacol; In Home Support; Accommodation Services; Lifestyle Options and provides support at the behavioural support units at The Park in Wacol. Looking to the future, Connect2Group will continue to thrive in the disability sector with our clients as our inspiration advocating with, and for, people with disability while encouraging community integration, providing information on disabilities and promoting acceptance. Connect2Group currently has Federal and State Government contracts to provide services to people with a disability across Brisbane, Redlands and Wacol areas to name a few.

Our Values 

  • Respect and Integrity
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Participation and Involvement
  • Uniqueness and Diversity

 

Our Mission Statement

To uniquely enhance all aspects of whole of life for individuals with disability.

 

Our Vision Statement

People with disability are inspired and empowered.


 

Community Involvement

Connect2Community General Manager Jamie Wynn presenting Councillor Wendy Boglary with an Appreciation Certificate from Connect2Group. Councillor Boglary was instrumental in assisting to finance the commissioning of a sealed car park at The Community Arts Precinct at Wellington Point. The new car park is now wheel chair friendly allowing significant client mobility to and from this community space. Connect2Group appreciate Wendy’s on going support and contribution to this space.

 

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Thank You To Our Current Sponsors

 

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Support People With A Disability

As a not for profit organisation we rely on donations to assist us to directly increase the level of practical support we can provide to our clients on a day to day basis.

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How Can You Help

  • Become A Corporate Sponsor
  • Volunteer
  • Become A Member
  • Make A Bequest
  • Donate To Make A Difference


Management Team 

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CEO
Leanne Jackson

Leanne Jackson has worked at Connect2Group since 10 October 2011 and was appointed Executive General Manager of Connect2Group on 2 April 2013 and CEO on 30 November 2015. Leanne is responsible for Connect2Group's operations and reports directly to the members of the Management Committee.

 

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General Manager
Connect2Community
Jamie Wynn

Jamie has worked at Connect2Group since 12 August 2009 and was appointed to the role of General Manager Connect2Community on 23 July 2014 having previously held the role of General Manager Lifestyle Options. Jamie is responsible for Connect2Group's Lifestyle Options Program, Community Living Program, Community Arts Precinct and Community Gardens and is responsible for Connect2Group's contract with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and directly reports to the CEO.

Management Committee

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President
Adrian Caneris

Adrian Caneris is a Principal Wildlife Expert and Managing Director of BAAM Pty Ltd. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner EIANZ) with expertise in vertebrate fauna assessment and identification; assessment of terrestrial habitats; ecological monitoring; wildlife management; biodiversity planning; feral species management and community liaison and facilitation.

Adrian has been involved in research, management, consulting, tertiary teaching and community-based studies of terrestrial ecology, particularly vertebrate fauna, throughout South-East Queensland for over 20 years.

After five years as a Wildlife Ranger with the Department of Environment and Heritage NatureSearch program, Adrian was employed as a Senior Conservation Officer Wildlife for Redland Shire Council from 1996 to 2002.  Since 2002, Adrian has undertaken specialist consultancy work for local and state governments and private organisations.

Adrian’s experience and expertise is regularly sought for matters before Queensland’s Planning and Environment Court and an independent advisor for local governments to provide peer review and/or advice on significant development applications.  Adrian joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in August 2009.



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Vice President
Ian Weatherley

Ian Weatherley has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary education in Qld, the UK and Canada. During the last 30 years he has fulfilled senior roles including both Deputy Principal and Principal. He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. He served a one-year secondment teaching and mentoring teacher trainees at the Simon Fraser University in Canada.

He has coached boys’ soccer, girls’ hockey and mixed tennis teams of ten winning premiership.

He has played a significant role in organising and chaperoning school music tours to Europe and America, as well as sporting tours to New Zealand. He has been involved in a number of community organisations including the Canadian Kinsmen, Toastmasters, an Advisory Planning Commission, a Family Counselling Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

Over many years he has served as an office bearer on committees including Chairman. He has also been recognised for having served as a Justice of the Peace for over 46 years.

Ian joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in September 2012.

 

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Treasurer
Ron Ford

Ron graduated in Melbourne with a Bachelor in Hospitality and Hotel Management. Ron’s First career position was Manager of Catering Services, Royal Melbourne Hospital. He later went on to be Sales Manager Food Services Nestle and Sales Manager Red Tulip Chocolates before he moved to Queensland to build and run a licenced reception lounge.

Ron sold the business after ten successful years and moved to Brisbane, where he took up the position of General Manager of Tandeema Foods and State Manager Murray Goulburn Dairy Co (Devondale brand).

Ron retired from the grocery industry and moved into the building supply industry where he remained until full retirement in 2010.

Ron joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in July 2012.



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Secretary
Paul Williams

Paul has undertaken Senior Management, Governance and Legal roles over 20 years with one of Queensland's largest service focused organisations, RACQ and is currently a director of the RACQ Foundation.  The Foundation's focus is to assist community groups impacted by severe weather events across the State.  Paul has also been a Director of a number of RACQ Group entities.

Paul is involved with organisations, like ConnectGroup, that make a substantial long-term contribution to the community.

Paul is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Taxation Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Laws, Associate Diploma in Business and Master of Business (Management).

Paul joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in November 2015.

 

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Member
Jo Willoughby

Commercially astute and values led, Jo is a leading executive with more than 20 years experience as a business builder known for challenging the status quo to deliver growth through innovation and change.

Jo has lead sizeable business transformations, performance turnarounds, created new revenue streams and built business capability across people, process and systems for some of Australia’s most recognised brand names. Having held senior executive roles across the spectrum of enterprise, Jo’s experience includes both private and public sector organisations in highly regulated and fast paced environments.  

In her role as a Member of the Connect2Group Management Committee, Jo adds value by leveraging the diversity of her strategic and operational experience, to bring an alternate perspective to the table.

Jo holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland, is a graduate of Harvard University’s Global Change Agent program and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is a member of The Brisbane Club, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Community Directors Australia, the Australian Marketing Institute and an alumni of the Committee for Melbourne. Jo joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in June 2017.

 

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Member
Mark Hoogsteyns

 

Mark brings a vast wealth of safety experience gained from senior roles across multiple industries such as Mining and Energy, Construction, Civil Construction, Equipment Hire, Transport and Logistics and Public-Sector Management.

Mark established his own broad-based Safety, Human Resources and Management Consulting organisation in 2003.  His clients include Origin Energy, Queensland Police, Fujitsu Limited, Ergon Energy, News Limited, Suncorp and Queensland Health. 

Mark uses this broad base of experience to bring client’s specialist people, change and systems solutions. Mark also specialises in start-ups, turnarounds and improving operational effectiveness.

Mark also has a passion for economic development, having worked at the Qld Chamber of Commerce & Industry, served on economic development boards and boards of chambers of commerce.

He has worked in many different types of roles, across different industries. A senior management generalist with a “systems brain”, who is great with people, and loves solving problems!

Mark has an Associate Diploma in Business, a Graduate Management Certificate and a Master’s in Business Administration.