More about Annette & Graham
- Both Annette and Graham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland. They went to the same school and the same church. They fell in love and were married in December, 1965. By this time Graham was a probationary minister with the Methodist Church and they went to Biloela in Central Queensland. Whilst they were there Graham was ordained and his ministry subsequently took them to Tully, Atherton, Greenvale Nickel Mine (where Graham worked as a Worker Pastor), Mount Isa and Aitkenvale (Townsville) in North Queensland. Northern New South Wales then became their home as Graham was appointed the Superintendent of the Lismore Mission. This appointment lasted for almost 10 years and was followed by over 5 years as the Presbytery Pastor for the Kur-ring-ai Presbytery of the Uniting Church. (In 1977, whilst Graham and Annette were in Atherton, the Methodist Church became part of the newly formed Uniting Church in Australia.)
By the time of his retirement in December, 2006 Graham had had extensive experience in all aspects of church relations, community affairs, conflict resolution, mentoring and chaplaincy. He had been able to assist people from all walks of life and from differing ethnic and religious groups. He believes that, deep down, all people have a need to love and be loved. Relationships, therefore, are our most important assets and they need continual nurturing.
During their time in Queensland Annette's time was mainly taken up by being a mother to their two children. She did, however, find time to do a lot of voluntary work for the church and the community. In Atherton she took the opportunity to return to her pre-marriage career in hospital administration. The move to Greenvale gave the opportunity to do some clerical work at the mine. Mount Isa saw a change in work opportunity when her love of sewing led her to become a highly successful sales consultant with the Janome Sewing Machine Company and this continued during her time in Townsville.
Janome did not have sales consultants in New South Wales so this meant that the move to Lismore left Annette's career open to other possibilities. It was here that she discovered the Modere legacy company and she was entirely captivated by the concept of completely safe products that work, coupled with a compensation plan that gave generous bonuses to those who were willing to work. So began an association with what is now Modere which continues to this day. Graham says that Modere is the most ethical company he has ever dealt with. Annette also likes the friendly personal service she gets from a very proficient staff who always have the welfare of both the Social Marketer and Customer at heart together with the support of the whole Modere family.