Sunnyfield has two Patrons who act as figureheads for our organisation. The role of a Patron is to advocate on behalf of the organisation and Sunnyfield is grateful for their support and professionalism.
Bryan Whiddon OAM
Is the son of Sunnyfield founder, Hazel Whiddon, and the brother of one of Sunnyfield’s original residents, Trevor Whiddon. Bryan later became the Chairman of the Sunnyfield Board, started and employment service for people with an intellectual disability and was the Director of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability. In 2006 Bryan was awarded the Order of Australia for services to people with intellectual disability. He retired from the Sunnyfield Board in 2008 and was made an official Patron of Sunnyfield.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK, AFC (Ret’d)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.
In July 2011 Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force after 41 years of service in the military. Sir Angus was the Chief of the Defence Force from 4 July 2005 until 4 July 2011. Prior to his role as Chief of the Defence Force he was Chief of Air Force for four years.
Sir Angus is Chair of Air services Australia, Chair of Defence South Australia Advisory Board, Chair of the Order of Australia Council and Chair of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He is a Board Member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board and Greater Good Canberra. In addition, he is patron of numerous charitable organisations. In June 2015 Sir Angus was appointed as the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment.
Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The Board provided strategic advice to the Government on the national program for the Anzac Centenary 2014 – 2018.
In July 2014 Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014. In 2012 Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.
Sir Angus is married to Liz and they have three sons and two grandchildren. In 2011, he was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.
Sunnyfield is proud to have the following ambassadors as official representatives and advocates of our organisation and for people with disability.
Damien lives in one of our group homes and works for Sunnyfield Enterprises in Allambie Heights. He likes being an ambassador so that he can represent Sunnyfield and help to look after the interests of his friends.
Peter works at Chatswood Enterprises, and was proud to receive an award for 15 years of service during Sunnyfield’s 60th Diamond Anniversary year. Peter is always polite and courteous and willing to act as a tour guide for visitors at his workplace. Peter says he enjoys working at Sunnyfield Enterprises because he likes to have variety. In his spare time, Peter loves to attend the theatre and travel, and relax at home watching movies and musicals.
Seven-time Association of Surfing Professionals Women’s World Champion, Layne Beachley is the most successful female surfer of all time. Holding the greatest number of consecutive world titles – male or female – Layne Beachley is one of Australia’s greatest icons.
Other achievements include Layne’s induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the NSW Hall Of Champions in 2011 and the Surfing Hall of Fame in 2006. Layne is also a three-time winner of the NSW Sportsperson of the Year award (2000, 2002, 2003) and she was named as the ESPN Surfer of the Year in 2001, to name a few.
Mike Munro is the host of the Channel 7 program, Sunday Night and is now one of the most respected investigative journalists in Australia.
Mike began his career in journalism at just 17 years old, working in both print and television media and hosting television shows that include; Sunday Night, 60 Minutes, This Is Your Life and A Current Affair.
Mike was awarded the Thorn Award for Best Current Affairs Report in 1983 and a Thorn Journalist Award the following year. In 1985, Mike received the Logie for Reporter of the Year and the Penguin Award for Best Current Affairs Journalist.
Rachel Ward AM
As an actress, Rachel Ward starred in a number of international films over 20 years and was the recipient of several International drama awards and nominations, which includes two Golden Globe nods.
Today, Rachel channels her knowledge and experience of the film industry into writing and directing. Rachel is perhaps best known for her adaptation and directing of Beautiful Kate, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Griffith and Bryan Brown. Beautiful Kate was nominated for 10 AFI Awards and invited for screening at both the Sydney and Toronto Film Festivals.
Rachel was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2005 for raising awareness of social justice through lobbying, mentoring and advocacy for the rights of disadvantaged and at-risk young people.
Tim Bailey started his career as a journalist in his hometown of Hobart, following in the footsteps of two generations of his family. In 1990 Tim joined Network TEN’s Good Morning Australia as a reporter before joining 2Day FM’s Morning Crew with Wendy Harmer for 12 months as the Sports Reader and colour reporter and humorist. But the lure of television was never far away.
On returning to TEN, Tim revived his role on GMA, joined the team on Totally Wild as a presenter and hosted his own early morning program, The Big Breakfast. Tim has also commentated for the Uncle Toby’s Super Series and was a feature reporter at the Commonwealth Games in Canada.
One of Australia’s most recognisable faces, Tim currently presents the weather on location around NSW for the First at Five News. Tim is also a cover reporter for the Network and is a regular on TEN’s week long annual Melbourne Cup coverage, summertime surf reporter on Sports Tonight and the Telstra Sydney to Hobart – an event he has completed as a participant four times.
NSW’s first full-time Origin coach, Ricky Stuart was one of rugby league’s finest on field performers during a star-studded career that saw him scale the dizzy heights of the game.
Since transferring his talents to coaching in 2001, the former Test halfback, rated by Rugby League Week in the game’s top 30 players between 1978 and 2008, has established an equally commanding reputation.
On the representative front, Stuart played nine rugby league Tests for his country, 14 State of Origin matches for the NSWBlues, made two Kangaroo tours and one World Cup tour to Great Britain and starred in four NSW State of Origin series victories.
Founding and Life Members
Mr F.C. Whiddon
Mrs M. Astley
Mr H. Astley
Mrs P. Donoughue
Mr J. Donoughue
Mrs B. Govan
Mr G. Govan
Mrs E.M. Hill
Mr G. Hill
Mrs M. Kroopin (Baston)
Mrs N. Martin
Mr R. Martin
Mrs J. Piggott
Mr J. Piggott
Mrs A. Sproston
Mrs N. Stovold
Mrs M. Walker
Sunnyfield has had strong support over the last 60 years and it is with gratitude that we acknowledge the following Honorary Life Members:
1957 – Mrs H.A. Whiddon MBE
1959 – Mr J.H. Brown
1967 – Mr F.C. Whiddon
1974 – Miss S. O’Hanlon
1974 – Mrs E.B. Rundle
1984 – Mr W.A. Brackenridge
1984 – Mr N.H. Henderson MBE, OAM, VRD, RFB, JP
1984 – Mrs M.R. Griffiths
1989 – Mrs B.A. Frost
1989 – Mr P.A. Grace
1992 – Mr T.B. Griffiths
1992 – Mr R.S. Ruthven
1994 – Mr R.S. Joice
1997 – Mr J.A. Coye
1997 – Mr M.G. Eve
2000 – Mrs M. Baston
2000 – Mrs J. Piggott
2000 – Miss B. Symonds
2004 – Mr M. B. Whiddon OAM
2007 – Mrs J. Hay AM
2007 – Mr N. Shepherd 2014 – Mr J Casson 2014 – Mr L Draney 2014 – Mr B Mendham