about summerland support

Meet the team

Summerland Support Services are a registered NDIS provider and community disability support service servicing Casino, Lismore, Kyogle, Evans Head, and nearby villages and surrounding areas. Our highly trained, empathetic, and compassionate team are here to assist people with physical, intellectual and psychosocial disabilities people in our community to live lives of respect, dignity, and independence.

Summerland Support provides round the clock care for people of all ages – children, adolescents, and adults, catering to a diverse range of health needs, support requirements, and balance between independent living and assistance with domestic or everyday tasks.

We also provide Support Coordination, helping participants and carers navigate the system, make informed choices, and get the right level of support they need from the NDIS.

Summerland Support Service is a professional NDIS registered provider, that is family owned and operated by Gail and Patrick Deegan. The Deegans and their close-knit team ensure each participant, carer, or family member are treated like their own family. We get to know and encourage all our participants to understand their individual requirements and what they seek to achieve. 

Our team has decades of combined experience in aged care, disability support, independent living support, and allied health. We work to exceed expectations through gaining trust, providing quality outcomes, and maintaining excellence in NDIS, community, and disability support.

our team

Gail Deegan
Gail is one of the founders of Summerland Support and has over twenty years’ experience working within community and aged care services. Gail holds a range of qualifications in Community Services, Personal Care Support and Business Administration. Gail has extensive experience in Aged Care, Disability and Youth Work. Gail sets the example for the level of care each participant can expect at Summerland – she gives everyone the same quality of care as if it was a family member.
Patrick Deegan
Co-founder Patrick Deegan holds a Social Science degree and has worked in management positions for the NSW State Government and other Community Service organisations. He has also undertaken a number of front-facing positions assisting participants to best achieve their goals. Along with the rest of the Summerland team, Patrick is committed to providing high-level service that builds the capacity of participants, working alongside them to achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations.
Sheryl Graham

One of our Senior Support Coordinators, Sheryl holds a Diploma in Community Services, support coordination, and is a Psychosocial Recovery Coach. Specialising in NDIS Support Coordination, she says “when your employer turns around at the end of the working week and thanks you, you know you are in the right place and feel valued.”

Sheryl understands the NDIS inside and out, having worked in a rage of roles in the industry. Sheryl has decades of experience providing frontline support to families and assisting them to navigate the service sector.

Sheryl and our team of Support Coordinators understand that navigating the NDIS can be confronting and are experts at assisting participants and their families negotiate the NDIS to find the services best able to meet their individual needs.

Janice Henery

Janice has a certificate 3 in Aged Care, with over 15 years experience is highly skilled at supporting people to achieve their daily goals. Janice has worked with hundreds of people with a wide range of abilities and ailments each requiring individualised support.

Janice has lived on her property for over 20 years, caring for her much loved cattle, ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, peacocks and yes 5 dogs. She to go fishing, camping in our converted wheelchair van when we can.

I am loving my role as a support worker, working one on one with our participants and assisting them with their individual needs.

Janel Richards

Janel is a support worker at Summerland and holds a Certificates III & IV in Disability and Aged Care. She finds working at Summerland personally rewarding because she is able to try different things and make a positive impact in participants’ lives. I go home at the end of each day knowing I have made a difference. I pride myself on making a real connection with the participants I work with, ensuring they are listened to and supported in meeting their needs and building their independence.

Debbi Jeffery

Debbi has a NDIS Support role at Summerland and has over 40 years of nursing experience ranging from aged care, acute hospital settings, and community, private, & NSW Health. She also has dementia specific training and holds a qualification in phlebotomy. She wears many hats at Summerland, saying that our clients are complex and beautiful people. She enjoys working at Summerland because she feels engaged and supported by a positive team that consistently rises to meet every challenge.

Jo Handcock

Jo is a Disability Support Carer and holds a Certificate III in Disability and Aged Care. Jo works in personal care, social interaction, and transporting our participants as they need it. She loves working with a team of dedicated support workers and says that Summerland is very flexible and accommodates personal needs. She also adds that our clients are lovely people to work with and appreciate you being there!

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Contact Us Today for a free consultation

Do you or someone you know need NDIS or disability support services? We invite you to a free, no-obligation consultation session with the team at Summerland to discuss your requirements and our capabilities. Arrange a chat with Gail, Patrick, or another senior team member below.