Message from our National Chair

March 2021

Statement from Cameron Brownjohn, National Chair, Special Olympics Australia

On behalf of the National Board of Special Olympics Australia, it is with both sadness and gratitude that I announce the resignation of our dedicated Chief Executive Officer, Corene Strauss.

Corene has significantly contributed to the financial stability and growth of this organisation and we are extremely grateful for her effort over the past 5 years.

During her time with Special Olympics, she has delivered new and significant corporate partnerships, secured critical Federal Government funding and many more athletes to the organisation.

We have a unique Schools Program, and we are aligning to the NDIS. Our 2018 National Games in Adelaide was one of our best Games and the quality of our State competitions has improved significantly under Corene’s stewardship. We are also in the best financial position we have been in for many years.

Corene has decided that now is a good time to hand over the reins to a new Chief Executive Officer so that she can take on a new challenge elsewhere.

Corene will be serving out her notice period and expects to finish at the start of June. While we will miss her passion and commitment, we wish her all the best in her new role and thank her for her outstanding contribution to the organisation.

We will immediately commence our search to find a new Chief Executive Officer for our movement. We expect to consider a range of candidates from existing employees and volunteers through to those from outside of the organisation. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organisation.