Chris Buckman is a full-time business development manager for Essential Employment and Training and his role is to develop the Essential Disability Group Partnership Model.
He is not only highly qualified for the role technically, but lives with a disability, so understands the intricacies and importance of this model and the affect it could have on the daily life for people with disabilities.
“As a child I grew up in the Northern NSW town of Jennings going to primary school at Jennings Public School a School of just 30 children,” Mr Buckman said. “I was born with Cerebral Palsy and for many of my younger years had to manage school around treatment. “My progression to High School saw my family move to Tenterfield where I completed my school years to Year 11.
“Following my schooling I completed a traineeship with Roberts and Morrow Accountants in Tenterfield and when I completed this, I embarked on what has become a lifetime of work in the community sector,” he said. “I began working in employment services, training and placing people with a disability into employment settings and later worked my way through the management of a range of disability service sites for Challenge Community Services ultimately culminating in a senior management role that would see me managing their state wide programs.”
In 2008 he was elected to Narrabri Shire Council and this experience igniting a passion for politics and the ability to serve my community and make a difference. It was also during this time he spent two years working in the aged care sector gaining valuable insights into the health and aging space.
Mr Buckman and his wife Neisha married in Bundarra in 2004 and have 2 children; Jack 10, and Lucy 6. They live in Tamworth and their children love to ride their horses.
“I have a passion for Social Justice, the community service sector and particularly the disability sector,” Mr Buckman said.
“As a person who has lived and worked always in Rural and Regional Australia I am focused on delivering a better outcome for my family and particularly our children through standing up for fairer political representation and a strong voice across all rural and regional communities.
“As part of the CountryMinded team I am the lead senate candidate for NSW. I am contesting the NSW senate to ensure all rural and regional voters have real representation and a choice that is independent of the current two party system.”
Methuen Morgan is a PhD candidate at the University of New England in Armidale in NSW.
He also operates a small beef enterprise and is a cattle buyer for his family's feedlot in the Condamine district of Qld.
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