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Lance Duncan becomes NIPPA’s first lifetime member

Thursday, 27 April 2006
By Print 21 Online Article

David Harrison, current president of NIPPA, made the announcement at the recent members and sponsors function in Melbourne on March 31.

Harrison confirms the announcement was an extremely popular one, recognising Duncan’s outstanding contribution both to the association and to the wider in-house printing and publishing industry.

Duncan was nominated by NIPPA members from Victoria, who had the following to say in the letter supporting his nomination:

“Lance Duncan is literally father of what we now celebrate as NIPPA. He initiated the first local, Victorian group of Tertiary print managers at Footscray TAFE in 1981. He got a list of the names and details of print room managers like himself and contacted them with a view to sharing their experiences.

“During his time at Ballarat University, where he worked since 1977, he managed to always keep a very close and personal interest in the association through its many name and personnel changes. It was Lance that provided the necessary leadership and direction when the association found itself biting off a bit more than it could chew financially in the late nineties. It was Lance who started the ball rolling with many of the sponsors we have today.

“His hallmark is his genuine interest in each and every one of us as a member and importantly as a person. He is always generous with his time and advice to those of us who needed it. He is seldom judgemental but always supportive.

“He always maintained that we had to be professional and a have commercial attitude if we want to be taken seriously by your organisation.

Lance retired from the industry two years ago, and spends his time with his wife Cherie and their many grandchildren, as well as travelling and getting involved with his local community in Ballarat.

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