The iDareU name may be new, but the passion and drive to create it goes back a long way. iDareU is the brainchild of international author, public speaker, carer and dedicated mum of a child with Down syndrome, Sue Dymond. She has been passionate about creating an online and offline resource system that empowers and educates those with a disability, and the people that love them.
With the advent of NDIS, the timing was perfect, and so with the help of some strongly dedicated supporters, she formed a committee, undertook the due diligence and formed the not for profit organisation – iDareU. Today that vision and passion remains, with the creation of the online directory 'Village' and empowering workshops and events being planned and rolled out to bring about a life changing difference to people with a disability.
"I am commited to making a difference and enhancing lives"
We are a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing people with a disability, and their families, the best possible resources, supports, and information to enhance their lives and and help them live better ones. Our aim is to be the best place that you can go to and find what you need, with recommendations from other users just like you. The difference between us and other sites is, we know disability, and what you are looking for. We are not for profit, but we are about providing you the best there is to enjoy a great quality of life. Welcome to our website.
iDareU's Mission is to Empower People through Social Change and achieve:
iDareU's Vision: Natural inclusion in the greater community for people with disabilities and their carers by 2021.
iDareU's Objectives are to: deliver workshops, festivals and events, to achieve:
iDareU's Goal: Create effective connections between Service Providers, Businesses and Families with Disabilities
Sue Dymond - Managing Director
Sue is the mother of an adult daughter who has Down syndrome. She has been involved in volunteer work for over 30years. She is a very experienced Board member, serving on the AGSO Board as the Aust Chairperson for Alateen, the Committee of Management of the Down Syndrome Victoria, as well as various other subcommittees. Sue is passionate about justice and fairness for all and believes everyone has the ability to make a difference - no matter how seemingly small. She is the founder of iDareU and her dream is for iDareU to help as many people as possible ‘become the best they can be’.
Lorriane Smith - Acting Treasurer
Lorraine has been involved in community work for over 40 years and was one of a team of three who opened an op shop in Lilydale where she worked for over 10 years. Lorraine is an experienced Board member having been a member of the board for AGSO for nearly 10 years, a member of the board for her local historical society for 8 years and on her local church council for 10 years. As well as working at the op shop Lorraine worked as a family support worker with Anglicare and enjoys meeting carers when she attends workshops, expos and fundraising events.
Chrissy Paterson - Secretary
Chrissy has been in the Marketing and Corporate Communications sector for over 10 years. Primarily she has worked for not for profits and emergency service providers but has now moved into the private sector. Chrissy is passionate about creating a more equitable society and has a history of being involved in the disability sector. She studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Intellectual Disability) and worked in the industry before changing careers to Marketing. Since moving to the private sector she is keen to give back to her community and joined the Board in 2017 to champion what she sees as a very worthy cause.
Chris Hill - Director
Chris is a passionate Board Member with a background in the customer service and hospitality industries. Chris has always been involved in her local communities and through her children and grandchildren is active within the local sports community, holding a range of roles from fundraising and team management of the girl’s league to running the canteen. Chris estimates that in the 15 years she has been involved with the local basketball club she has raised over $75,000. Since retiring from her customer service career Chris enjoys organising outings and excursions for the Lilydale branch of the National Seniors, is the President of Weekend Living for Women and a committee member of the Yarra Ranges Council’s Positive Ageing Reference Group. When she isn’t volunteering in her various roles around her community, Chris enjoys travelling both around Australia and overseas.
Duncan Steward - Social Media Chairperson
Ben Lee – Treasurer
Benjamin is currently a final year Accounting & Finance student at The University of Melbourne. He holds a strong interest in the accounting sector and has plans to complete his CA after graduating from university. With vast experience in hosting fundraising events for various charities such as Hong Kong Dog Rescue and Children’s Cancer Foundation (Hong Kong), Benjamin is highly passionate about giving back to the community. He believes in the balance between the world in which you gain and eventually give back to the universe. Outside of his volunteering, Benjamin enjoys going to the gym, walking his beloved dog, exploring Victoria’s beautiful countryside hikes and having a nice cappuccino from the local café.
Janitha Balakrishnan - Secretary
Priya Soundararajan - Governance & Policies
Molly Matthews - Board Member
Molly is a young, vibrant 26 year old working in hospitality within aged care. She is currently undertaking a certificate IV in Ageing Support with hopes of being a Personal Care Assistant. Molly has been volunteering within the community since the age of 13, she started with hosting community music events for youth in the City of Whittlesea. She has a passion for improving the lives of others, photography and art based activities and loves organising social events. Molly came to iDareU with the hope she can make a difference by enriching the lives of people with a disability in her own community.