Welcome to the NECANA Association Incorporated

The NECANA Association Incorporated is a not for profit volunteer group whose sole objective is
to support ADF families in the Albury Wodonga Military Area (AWMA). The association is
comprised of an executive committee, program coordinators, general members and associate
members.

The association meets monthly (except January) and new members are always welcome.·         

The ‘NECANA’ Magazine – printed monthly
o  A valuable resource including both ADF and local community events, activities, services and local businesses
o  This magazine has been in print since 1988

Pac-a-Picnic Program
o  This welcome initiative is the first point of contact for new ADF families arriving in the area. The pack contains valuable resources including current local community information, a copy of the ‘NECANA’ magazine, age appropriate children’s activities along with food and beverages
o  This program has been running for over 16 years

Teens in Action Program – co funded by the association and FSFP
o   An association initiative developed in partnership with the Defence Transition Mentors (DTM’s)
o  The program involves three (3) age specific activities designed to assist ADF students with peer integration, establishing resilience and strengthening relationships
o  This program has been running for over 4 years

NECANA Annual ADF Community Information & Family Fun Day – fully funded by the association
o  An association initiative
o  Free annual event comprising community information stalls and fun interactive activities
o  Fully catered event
o  Family event for ADF families residing in the AWMA
o  Traditionally attracts in excess of 300 ADF participants
o  This event is in its 12th year

Informal Friday, ‘Do Drop In’ – fully funded by the association
o  An association initiative to provide an informal avenue for ADF families to drop in for a social coffee and a chat to connect with other ADF families
o  This gives the association the opportunity to assist ADF families with self-reliance through guidance by supplying community resources and self-help solutions which assists in quicker and successful integration into the local community
o  This aids and improves ADF families quality of life
o  Activities and events the association facilitates are information seminars, working bees and planned future activities such as cooking classes and IT literacy classes. These classes/activities are being specifically designed to empower the ADF veteran community (serving and ex-serving) to build resilience, self-help solutions and aid in their successful integration into the wider community

NECANA Coffee Club (Thursday’s) – partially funded by the association
o  Each Thursday parents and children attend the Scrambles Play Centre for a fun and safe morning of play. This allows parents and their children to network and support each other in a fun, safe, and contained environment. This is a local venue that is open to the whole community which enables ADF families to form and strengthen relationships within their local area

Uniform Exchange Program – fully funded by the association
o  This is a new program developed by the association to facilitate the collection of donated new/used school uniforms which are then made available to ADF families at no cost

Maxine Duroux – Perpetual Community Spirit Award – fully funded by the association
o  This annual award is presented to two recipients from the middle years campuses’ for outstanding community service and spirit. The association provides a trophy and a $50.00 gift voucher for each recipient