Carmel is currently teaching Pre Primary. Previously she was an Education Support Unit teacher. Carmel finds the job both rewarding and challenging at times. Carmel is also an advocate, she does voluntary work with Coastal Country Music Club, South West Solitaires, and Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Carmel holds qualifications in Diploma of Teaching (ECE), and Bachelor of Education in Special Needs. Carmel is currently the Chairperson of Advocacy South West Inc. Carmel spends spare time reading, playing cards and catching up with friends for coffee or dinner.
Grace joined Advocacy South West as a volunteer in November 2004. Having a strong background in office, administration and customer service she has many skills to put to good use. In her volunteer role she has learnt so much, especially in the computing field thanks to Inge and the ‘First Click’ programme; through Swie Lan, the Power Point training and has now completed Disability Certificate III. Grace also attended “Shared Vision” Volunteer Training Project funded by the Department of Community Development – Office for Senior Interests and Volunteering. As one of her grandchildren has autism a lot of this knowledge is of direct benefit to her family as well as improving the skills she has to offer as a volunteer.
Veronica has been with Advocacy South West for the past eight years. She first came to this Agency as an advocate. Veronica was hired to join Wendy and Graham in DAIP film project which was completed in December 2008. Veronica also volunteers herself in a primary school to listen children read. Veronica likes travelling, doing craft, and patch work. She rejoined the board in AGM 2014
Michael is currently undertaking a project for Enable Southwest which focusses on improving the how Enable supports in the community people with mental illness and other psychosocial disabilities. This project is designed to build on Enable’s existing model of community support and incorporate a “recovery” ethos, which is the Commonwealth Government endorsed construct for mental health services. Recovery in this context does not mean the absence of clinical illness but rather a personal recovery – helping people with mental illness to regain a meaningful lives, despite serious mental illness
Robert has lived and worked in Bunbury for the past 12 years and has been involved with Advocacy South West since 2005 both as a client and as a valued Board member. Robert likes camping, walking, fishing, keeping fit and reading.
I am a solicitor who lives and works in the South West. I have a keen interest in social justice, particularly disability advocacy. I enjoy netball, running, and spending time with my family in this beautiful region. I joined Advocacy South West in August 2016 and look forward to lending my support to this organisation.
Paul is a private practitioner in a Counselling and Consulting practice in both Bunbury and Collie. His past experience was as a Snr Health Worker with the Dept of Health and he has also worked in remote communities in the Kimberleys. Paul has a Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Certificate Mental Health Practice and a Masters in Mental Health Practice.
Andries’ involvement within Community Services started more than 2 decades ago when, as a student at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, he went door to door to collect money to provide primary health services to those in need. Since then Andries has worked in key roles in Government, Corporates and NFP’s. He has been involved in Disability Services in Australia for more than seven years, and has been involved in driving Mental Health systems reform in South West WA. Andries shares ASW’s passion for creating change that will enhance services to people with disabilities.
Leanne Moir joined ASW Board as the Treasurer in 2016. She is a highly experienced professional in financial services sector. In addition she has many years practical experience in advocating on behalf of people with disabilities.