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Gary Parsisson: My Favourite Things


Gary had a long and successful career in the banking and consulting industries working in Australia and overseas.

A burning desire to help those who were ‘doing it tough’ saw Gary take a complete career change in 2010 when he accepted a role with the Salvation Army in Sydney.

After around six years with the ‘Salvos’ in a variety of roles, a ‘sea change’ was on the cards.

The year 2018 saw Gary relocate to Newcastle to support his daughter Lily’s wishes to attend Hunter School of Performing Arts after she successfully auditioned for a place in their drama program.

The board of Reach Newcastle Ltd were searching for an experienced and compassionate leader to elevate their community profile and provide direction in fundraising and operational excellence, a role which Gary accepted, and he has played a major role in Reach’s success since joining.


Having a daughter later in life has given me a renewed purpose. Lily is 14 years old and has already developed her own ‘style’.

Fashion, performing arts or some other strand of the creativity spectrum will undoubtedly be her future. Her plans are to work and live in either London or New York.


Harry is a (almost) three-year-old miniature Cavoodle with the most amazing personality.

Harry is very intuitive and seems to know just how I am feeling at any point of the day. If my mood is down and I am taking time out, Harry comes over and just rests his head on me.

Both Lily and I are very grateful for Harry’s love and affection.


Whilst I have absolutely zero talent when it comes the arts in any form, I can appreciate what I see and as such I have a very eclectic collection of paintings and pieces.

My collection of hand painted cows shows off my love of artwork and each piece purchased results in a charity donation.


When I was much younger, I had a huge record collection and, as vinyl was replaced by tapes, then CDs, I sold off my collection.

I am just now starting to re-establish my collection and it ranges from the rock classics era of Led Zeppelin to Light Opera.


I have always been fascinated by watches and although I rarely wear a traditional watch these days I still have my collection which I really love and get great pleasure when I am going somewhere where it’s more appropriate to wear a nice timepiece rather than my daily digital Fitbit.

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