I got to a point in my career where I realised there had to be more to business than just making money. There was so much more I wanted to do and so much more I had to give. I joined the Therapy Focus Board of Directors in 2009 and I’m currently the longest serving board member. I have more than 20 years’ experience in commercial printing and my strengths lie in business and numbers. I’m a ‘fixer of problems’ and I enjoy finding solutions, so it was an easy decision to join the Board.

My fellow Therapy Focus Directors, past and present, are a great group of people. We have a similar mindset and an overriding drive to be kind and caring but everyone is pretty humble about it all. I find the work really meaningful too. Listening to parents talk about the difference that has been made in their child’s life, when they can start walking, talking and getting by, is an amazing thing. It really stays with you. I went to a meeting a few months ago with the mother of a girl who was unable to walk. After working hard with the support of her therapy team for a number of years, she now goes to university and lives independently on campus. This is just one story and one voice, and there’s probably a million more like it.

I have a profound respect for the therapists at Therapy Focus. The work they do with families every day is tough and it must be so hard to switch off from work. We on the Board, plus all the parents and carers out there, have such a huge appreciation for them. Even the little things they do make a huge difference in lives. My experience with Therapy Focus has not only helped shape me as a person, it’s also changed the way I approach business, where I strive to be more inclusive. Disability is everywhere and it’s not hard to make little changes to make our community more accessible and inclusive.

Michael Banton
Board Director at Therapy Focus

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