The family business

01 Jun 2020

Michael Shepherd was just a teenager when his brother’s children were born with hearing loss. He watched in awe at the way his brother Bruce and his wife Annette dealt with it. ‘From the beginning,’ he recalls, ‘they were focused on integration. They were determined that Penny and Daniel wouldn’t be isolated from society.’

Michael joined the “family business” when his mother, Mary Shepherd, decided to retire. ‘Bruce said to me one afternoon, “Mum’s stepping down from the Board, why don’t you take her place?” So I did. That was over thirty years ago.’

Michael has seen many changes in that time. The Shepherd Centre grew from one location helping less than 10 children to having five locations and a distance learning program which help nearly 500 children and their families. The changes he’s particularly proud of is making the organisation more efficiency focused.

You can read more of our success stories in our beautiful hard-cover book, Changing the Story, produced to commemorate our 50th anniversary.

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