Don Fraser has been recognised for more than a decade of dedicated service to Vision Australia at this year’s Vision Australia Awards.
The awards were created in 2006 to honour those who help to make a difference through their commitment to Vision Australia’s mission to ensure people who are blind or have low vision can live the life they choose.
He received an Individual Award for his work in the blind and low vision community at the Vision Australia annual general meeting this week.
Don joined the Board of Seeing Eye Dogs Australia in 2007. In July 2008, Seeing Eye Dogs merged with Vision Australia and with the merger came Don’s intellect and governance expertise to the Vision Australia Board.
He has been associated with the information technology industry for more than 40 years and has held commercial board positions since 1995. He completed a doctorate in business administration, researching various governance issues with a focus on board decision-making.
He retired from the Vision Australia Board at the annual general meeting, held in Melbourne today.
Vision Australia Board Chair Andrew Moffat said Don’s PHD in governance had been a major asset.
“It’s been an enormous pleasure working with Don. His passion is huge. His expertise in working in governance and commercial issues, and his expertise in the IT industry, has been a great contribution,” Mr Moffat said.
In response, Don said he derived great satisfaction from his work for Vision Australia.
“Working with this community, the Board, the staff and the volunteers as well, you’d share with me the knowledge that working with the clients is reward in itself. It’s quite special.”