ASCCA Board Members
Nan Bosler - President
Nan Bosler is committed to the growth and development of ASCCA as it seeks to empower Seniors Computer Clubs to help older people use modern technology. She was the foundation president of ASCCA.
Nan feels strongly that learning is a lifelong experience. She was over 50 when she first went to University, has five tertiary qualifications covering Adult Education, Community Organisation, Local and Applied History and she completed her last qualification, Masters in Local Government Management in 1996. In this last year she had added Cert. IV Business (Governance) & an adapted Cert. IV Training to her qualifications.
She has been involved with community organisations for more than 60 years, holding positions ranging from member to National President. She has community awards including Anzac of the Year, the inaugural Apia Adult Learning Ambassador Award and an OAM. Nan has represented seniors at conferences and events both in Australia and internationally.
She is a published author and has written books on Local History, War History, Craft, Creative Development of Pre-schoolers, Creative activities for disabled children and Community Management. She has also written many articles and made presentations about the value of computer technology for seniors. Before retiring she worked in Local Government and was an Adviser and Lecturer in the Faculty of Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney.
While serving as the President of ASCCA she has successfully sought funding that has enabled ASCCA to employ three part time staff; and has organised partnerships and sponsorships between ASCCA and a number of philanthropic trusts, organisations and businesses.
Nan represents ASCCA on many committees and is a member of the Tech Savvy Seniors Committee, the Older Australians Working Group and the Cyber Security Awareness Week Committee. She is a member of the consortium that is rolling out the Federal Government funded Broadband for Seniors Kiosks across Australia. She is also a Carers NSW Representative and has been a Seniors Week Ambassador each year since 2013. Nan is a Champion for 2016 Year of Digital Inclusion.
Joan Craymer - Vice President
Joan Craymer became a director of The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) in 2006, and in 2007 became ASCCA's newsletter editor. In November 2009 she became ASCCA's Vice President.
Joan actively promotes the work and ideals of ASCCA and believes it provides the structure that gives the opportunity for senior people to help their peers gain knowledge that minimises isolation in a rapidly changing technical environment; as well as giving them a strong voice in government and business.
Joan is a foundation member of Computer Pals for Seniors - Epping Inc. which began in March 2000 and has a membership of 450 seniors. She has served as Secretary, Vice-President and is currently President. Joan hosts and enjoys the Creative Writing Group and is also an active member of the Digital Photography Group. She has been a trainer in Genealogy, Managing Your Computer, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works, Scanning & Image Enhancement, Introduction to Computing, Microsoft Publisher, Travel Planning and Newsletter Creation.
The original motive for joining a computer club was a desire to learn new skills to apply to her many personal interests; including genealogy, history, writing and painting. However, she soon became so inspired by the eagerness and generosity of spirit, of both the volunteers and learners she encountered, she could not resist helping and joined the Committee as Secretary.
Of course, she acknowledges that she has learned a great deal about computers; but tells anyone who will listen; about the blessings of friendship the computer club has brought to herself and most others involved. As a result of skills learned, she has also made many interesting connections and friendships with previously unknown distant overseas relatives and been involved in co-operative genealogy research of great mutual benefit.
David Bennett has been a director of ASCCA since 2005. David worked in the computer industry from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He was involved in the design and manufacture of computer systems hardware, later specialising in software systems for manufacturing industries.
His career took a different direction when he began as a consultant and president of the UK “Just in Time” group, who worked to improve the manufacturing processes in large companies, such as Hoover, Sony UK, Nissan UK and Sunrise Medical.
In January 1998 he came to Australia, in the firm belief that he had left the world of computers behind! Later that year he joined Northern Beaches Computer Pals as a trainer and soon became involved in the organisation and development of the club.
When Avalon Computer Pals was formed he became a founder member and spent three years as a trainer and member of the committee.
Supporting ASCCA as a presenter, on a wide variety of subjects, has taken him to many member clubs. When Microsoft launched their Unlimited Potential Program in Sydney he was pleased to demonstrate the use of a webcam link to John Howard and Bill Gates.
David wants to continue working on widening communication between member clubs, using webcam links and voice over Internet protocols. This will hopefully encourage more interactive participation between member clubs and will allow them to get maximum benefit from their ASCCA membership.
Annette was elected to the ASCCA Board in November 2006.
After leaving school started work in 1955 at the MLC Assurance Company in Sydney. In 1959 she went to Papua New Guinea where she spent 18 years working for the Commonwealth Government in Port Moresby. It was there she was introduced to computers, commencing with mainframes and moving on to PCs. She also served as Secretary to a Football Club and a Social Club
Back in Australia she gained her Victorian Certificate of Education through TAFE Outreach Learning in Bairnsdale, Victoria and received an Associate Diploma in Social Science - Community Development. Whilst in Victoria Annette was the Secretary of the Deddick Valley Isolated Women's Group.
She joined the Westlake’s Seniors Computer Club, Lake Macquarie in 2000 at its inauguration. She was elected Secretary in May 2000 and still holds that position. She also tutors in various course and workshop conducted by the club.
Annette is also a current Justice of the Peace for the State of New South Wales.
Allan Mikkelsen is a retired IT professional, having spent all of his working life in the employ of the Federal Government, as a programmer, analyst, and manager when IT was still known as ADP. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Statistics from the Canberra College of Advanced Education (now the University of Canberra).
He has been a member of the PC Users Group (ACT) Incorporated since 1986 and is currently on the committee as Immediate Past President, having spent all but two years since 1996 on the committee in a range of positions including President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President. He has also previously served on the Canberra Branch Executive Committee of the Australian Computer Society but is no longer a member of that group.
Outside computing, his current major interests are bushwalking and travel. He has spent many years on bushwalking club committees including terms as President of two different bushwalking clubs in the Canberra area. He has also served on other community group committees outside the computing and bushwalking field including a term as Treasurer of the Canberra Philatelic Society.
He is currently also a volunteer systems administrator on the ISP that the PCUG runs for its members and a member of the Internet Services Sub Committee which manages the ISP.
Allan joined the ASCCA board in early 2012 and his interest in ASCCA relates primarily to a wish to see how services can be better delivered to Clubs and members outside the Sydney region. If re-elected he will attempt to find further ways that ASCCA can serve clubs outside Sydney.
David was introduced to computing in 1968, undertook a year’s formal training in 1971 and used it throughout his working life. He eventually became a senior executive in computing at a large Commonwealth organisation where he was responsible for technical aspects, contract negotiations and purchasing. David was fortunate in being invited to speak at many Australian and international conferences on a range of computing issues. He has also held senior executive positions in finance, corporate planning, research and training.
Family holidays at Moruya led to David moving to live in the area once he retired. He now enjoys being part of the EuroSCUG (the Eurobodalla Seniors Computer User Group) team helping and teaching other seniors about computers throughout the Eurobodalla shire. He is now a committee member of EuroSCUG and a member of their technical subgroup. He has presented at several ASCCA conferences and is a regular presenter, small group organiser and newsletter contributor at EuroSCUG.
David has had a long active interest in personal computing and new technologies. Using computing as a scientific tool in his early career has given him a pragmatic approach to its use for himself and others. These days he enjoys helping others learn to use computing in ways that meet their needs.
Alwyn Stuckey - Secretary / Public Officer
Alwyn commenced work in 1955 as a Junior Forester with the Queensland Forestry Department. He remained in this capacity until March 1959 when he resigned to join the Queensland Police Service.
On completion of the initial training period was Posted to the Metropolitan Brisbane area, there after was posted to Western Queensland later to District Inspectors Offices and later as the Officer in Charge of a Country Police Station. Some of the associated duties at Country Police Stations was to also act as Clerk of the Court and Registrar of the Magistrates Court.
During August 1967 He was approached by the Commonwealth Department of External Territories (Now Foreign Affairs) with an Offer to serve in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as a Commissioned Officer.
On the 6th December 1967 Alwyn entered the service of the RPNGC and was immediately posted as the Staff Officer to the Divisional Superintendent “A” Division, which covered the whole of Papua. Later He was posted to the Criminal Investigation Division where he served in all Departments as the Officer In Charge. His last posting was the Officer in Charge of the Fraud Investigation Division which included the position of Chief Training Officer.
He returned to Australia in April 1976, to a property in Queensland. In 1984 he sold the property and he moved to Victoria where he Managed two Large Sheep and Cattle Properties. While in Victoria He served on various Community Committees. One in particular was as President of the Country Education Project for the Snowy River Region.
Since returning to NSW he took up a position as a Commercial Agent to conduct financial examinations within the Court system.
He joined the Westlakes Seniors Computer Club 2000 and has been a member since that date. He has been responsible for the technical support for the Club. Since 2010 Alwyn has been appointed the Treasurer of the Westlakes Club, which position he still holds.
Penny enjoyed a wide ranging career in the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Queensland Governments in areas from procurement to finance and strategic policy and planning. She retired in 2012 to provide more support for her elderly parents and spend time with her grandchildren. She has served on a number of committees and was Treasurer for the Brisbane State High School Parent’s and Citizen’s Association for a number of years.
Penny’s first exposure to computers was in the 1980s as a data entry operator for the production of season rail tickets in the New South Wales Department of Transport. It was the only computer in the office and sat in its own specially air-conditioned room. A late-comer to university study, Penny completed her Commerce Degree at Griffith University as a mature aged student.
After joining Brisbane Seniors OnLine in 2013 as a mentor, Penny became President in 2014 and is passionate about helping seniors gain the knowledge and confidence to access and benefit from the internet. Penny still finds time to do a bit of mentoring and enjoys sharing her knowledge of computers and software applications.
In her spare time she enjoys travelling, caravanning, sewing and the occasional foray into the garden.
Dorothy Soper - Treasurer
Dorothy was elected as ASCCA Treasurer in 2015. Dorothy is a Chartered Accountant, who trained in England. She was born near Oxford and trained in Torquay. She became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1980.
Dorothy and her husband worked with Price Waterhouse in Papua New Guinea for two years and she continued with them in Adelaide for 18 months. After a few years in Sydney, Dorothy took on part-time accountancy work and also became involved in volunteering at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in their Learning and Development Department.
Dorothy joined ASCCA as an employee with Club Development Officer and then Office Manager from 2007 to 2012. Dorothy’s education included one year in Stoughton High School, USA, where she graduated as an Exchange Student in 1974.
She is currently the Vice President of Computer Pals for Seniors Turramurra, where she has been a trainer and committee member.