COMMSSA is managed by a Management Committee of volunteers,
elected each year at the AGM (Annual General Meeting).
No Committee member receives any remuneration or benefit.
Administrative costs are kept to the bare minimum,
enabling us to use the largest possible percentage of our funds
towards improving the quality of life of a child from Mautitius.
The Management Committee Members for 2021-2022
DR MARIAM BAHEMIA
One day, in 1994, during my surgical term at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco, Serge introduced me to COMMSSA over a cup of tea. He told me how it had all started, and about the work he, Monique and successive Committees had done since 1991 to improve the health of poor Mauritian children. My late father was a GP from Mauritius; I was eager to become involved in something that would rekindle the Mauritian in me. I joined the Management Committee in 1995. After some time overseas, I was re-elected to the Committee in 2016.
My involvement with COMMSSA is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling aspects of my life. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, I travelled to Mauritius and Rodrigues in connection with the Stoma/Wound care project. The memories of those short, busy but rewarding self-funded trips with Serge, Monique - and the team of nurses from Australia - will stay with me forever.
Monique, one of the founding members of the Association, has served on the Management Committee since 1991. She has been Secretary for several years and President for nearly half the lifetime of COMMSSA. Above all, she has been the steering force behind organising Events and Functions as well as seeing to the fostering and ‘pastoral care’ of Mauritian children sent to Perth for treatment. To many of them, she and Jack, her husband, have become Mémé and Pépé. Without her drive and unfailing commitment to the children of COMMSSA and their families, the Association would not have survived to this day.
Serge, like Monique, has served on the Management Committee since he initiated the foundation of COMMSSA in1991. He was the first President of the Association and occupied that position for several years; in 2000 he took over the role of Medical Director from Dr Harry Dumbell, a role he has fulfilled to this day and in which he has been ably assisted by Dr Mariam Bahemia since 2016.
Together, in 2017, they identified the need for training specialist Enterostomal therapy nurses in Mauritius to improve the care of the many children living with a stoma. With the expert help of two nurse educators from Australia, COMMSSA's "Stoma/Wound care project" was launched in Mauritius in 2018.
DR SERGE TOUSSAINT
In 2020, with some persuasion from Monique, Patricia kindly agreed to come back on the Committee to hold the purse strings of the Association, where she had served as Treasurer between 2016 and 2017. Her financial expertise and her vibrant personality make her a most valued member of the Management Committee.
MS PATRICIA NICOLE
Thierry, a member of COMMSSA since 2006, held the reins of the Association as President between 2008 and 2013. During those years, thanks to him, the Committee meetings took place at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. He remains a most valuable and reliable member of the Committee, always willing to help with Quiz Nights and to provide his audio system and music for our AGMs and various other fundraising functions.
DR THIERRY VENAILLE
Céline first joined the Committee in 1999 and served for a few years before returning to Rodrigues with her family for a while. She came back to us in 2010 and held the position of Secretary between 2014 and 2016. She, like Monique, has played a significant role in fostering children, primarily from Rodrigues, sent by SACIM for treatment in Perth. Her close links with her native island of Rodrigues ensure ongoing feedback and follow up of those children and their families.
MRS CELINE TEMPLIN
“Jacques and I have four healthy grandchildren; we often think of the heartache of so many poor parents in Mauritius who cannot afford the best treatment for their sick children. I joined the Management Committee nearly ten years ago because I know that COMMSSA does make a difference in the life of many children. Jacques and I help, as much as we can, at COMMSSA’s fundraising functions. Please support us by attending our functions with your families and friends".
MRS MIRELLA AUGUSTIN
“After helping at fundraising functions with my wife, Lisbie, for several years, and witnessing the dedication of the COMMSSA team towards improving the quality of life of poor Mauritian children, I joined the Committee in 2012. I have not regretted my decision for one moment. As Treasurer in 2018, I became even more acutely aware of how difficult it can be to raise funds, something I continue to do through my connection with The Lions Club of Girrawheen”.
MR LINDSAY THEOPHILE
“When I came to Perth in 2008, I met a group of people who were members of the Management Committee of COMMSSA; for many years they had given freely of themselves to help sick Mauritian children. Through COMMSSA, the Universe was offering me an opportunity to be kind and to give to children who were less fortunate than my own: that is why I joined the Management Committee in 2016, filled the position of Secretary in 2017-2018, and hope to contribute even more in the future".
MRS PAMELA LILETTE
The youngest member of the team, Anaïs joined the Committee in July 2019 and has already shown a keen willingness to get involved: after orchestrating the children’s Xmas party in December 2020, she took the initiative of organising a Tropical Dance at the Bayswater Pétanque Club on 6 March 2021. The function was highly successful and helped raise much needed funds for COMMSSA.
MS ANAIS DUCRAY
Although Subhrendu has no direct connections with Mauritius,, Subhrendu has been a member of COMMSSA for over a decade. He is keen to help COMMSSA continue on its mission for many more years. A former Professor of Economics and Finance at Curtin University, he was elected to the Management Committee at the 2021 AGM and brings his knowledge as well as his expertise to the Committee