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Annual General Meeting

Technology Educators Association


Annual General Meeting

Technology Educators Association

Date:              Thursday 27 May 2021

Time:             5:00 to 6:00pm

Location:       Online via Zoom

Important information:

  • Agenda – Annual General Meeting – as outlined below.
  • 2020 Association Annual Report of the President, Toni Robinson – this report can be found below.
  • 2019 AGM Minutes – Click here
  • Audited Financial Statements for the years ended 30 June 2019 and 30 June 2020 – Click here
  • Link to Online Nomination Form for TEA Executive & Committee Positions. – Click here

Due to the impact of COVID, we have made several changes to the processes and form of the AGM.

The Annual General Meeting will be held ONLINE via Zoom at 5:00pm on Thursday 27 May 2021.

  1. Please register to attend using the following link. Click here
  2. If you are able unable to attend, please complete the registration form to have your apology recorded on the meeting minutes. Click here
  3. The Zoom Meeting link will be sent out prior to the AGM meeting.
  4. Nominations for TEA Executive & Committee positions will be submitted using an online form.- Click here
  5. Nominations must be submitted by: 3:00pm, Tuesday 25 May 2021
  6. For positions where more than one nomination is received, a poll will be used to for members in attendance to place their vote.


  1. Welcome, Apologies
  2. Business arising from previous minutes (2019 AGM)
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. President’s Report
  5. Thank you to outgoing committee
  6. Election of 2021 Executive Committee
  7. General Business

2019/2021 Executive Committee

Technology Educators Association

President Toni Robinson
Vice President Melinda Buxton
Vice President Kelly Evans
Treasurer Fiona Abdul Ahad
Secretary Mary Walker
Editor Pamela Hicks
Professional Teachers Council Representative Jennifer Edwards
Membership Secretary Jennifer Edwards
Trades Coordinator Annette Halley-Barberis


2019/2021 Committee

Lisa Beacher

Allison Beattie

Candace Craig

Ha Doan

Mary Hill

Nivanthi Ratnayake

Tania Ruggerio

Wendy Sheppard

2019/2021 President’s Report

It has been a long time since we have been able to meet face to face. Covid-19 has presented us all with many challenges and as true teachers of Technology, the Association has embraced the challenge to source and provide solutions.

I would like to start by acknowledging and thanking the Executive and Committee for continuing in their positions until May 2021. Teacher workload, expectations and responsibilities are increasing exponentially, yet everyone still found the time to show up and work towards the delivery of the 2020 Texstyle Exhibition and Seminars, (just scraping through before Covid affected events); the 2020 Virtual Conference – Materialise and the innovative 2021 Virtual Texstyle Exhibition site and Seminars. The Virtual Exhibition provides a lasting acknowledgement of the 2020 HSC students, and their efforts in these unprecedented times.

Our educational partnerships continue with NESA, TAFE NSW (Fashion Design Studio) and ACU. Our 2019 Texstyle Exhibition and Seminars were held onsite at Ultimo TAFE, with FDS staff providing content both in 2019 and 2020. The Consistently Outstanding Results in Textiles Award has been presented to most deserving students and future Technology teachers at ACU over the last two years, and we are looking forward to continuing and extending this relationship.

I need to acknowledge the continued support of our long-time sponsors Blessington Group and S&S Creativity Unlimited. They too have embraced the challenge, sharing their expertise by providing digital content for our 2020 Virtual Conference and the 2021 Virtual Texstyle Seminars. Covid played a significant impact on the Textiles industry, which makes us ever so grateful to welcome E&M Greenfield, the Embroiders Guild NSW, Cotton Australia, Shutterworks and Rampe Realistic Imaging to our support team. I thank them all for believing in our vision and supporting our association to make these events a reality.

The current Curriculum Reviews being undertaken by NESA and ACARA and NESAs internal review of professional learning highlight the importance of associations to inform members and provide a collective voice at stakeholder meetings and other forums. This year it is all the more important to keep up to date and make time to participate in every opportunity and provide feedback. It is crucial we work to sustain the association, our curriculum areas and ensure TEA can continue to provide professional learning opportunities to develop curriculum knowledge and professional practice.