Lee spent more than three decades in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support as a Social Worker throughout metropolitan and country Western Australia. She originally joined the Department of Native Welfare in the late 1960s and spent time in the Murchison area, including Mount Magnet, Mullewa, Geraldton and Meekatharra. Lee was and still is especially interested in working with and alongside Aboriginal families and communities. She has also spent time with the Plains Cree Indian people in Saskatchewan in Canada
In 2002 Lee was seconded to the Department of Indigenous Affairs at the request of their Director General and spent eight months in Kalgoorlie developing and improving service delivery to Aboriginal people in the Goldfields.
Lee serves on a number of boards and committees, including FACT [Forgotten Australians Coming Together – for former child migrants and young people leaving care], Communities for Children Plus in the Midland area, and is the Chairperson for the Madjitil Moorna Choir which is an all-ages community choir, which sings Indigenous songs of reconciliation and healing.
After leaving the CPFS Lee spent 18 months working with Ngala in Midland and Belmont, firstly as a Community Worker in Midland and subsequently as Community Services Co-ordinator in the Belmont Office.
Additionally, Lee is a Justice of the Peace and Civil Marriage Celebrant
PhD, Grad Cert (Journalism), BA (Hons)]
Coordinator, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Faculty of Health Sciences
I’m a wadjela who has lived on Noongar Wadjuk country for most of my life and I have a strong interest in social justice. I am very grateful for the life and advantages I have as a consequence of living on this country.
I work at Curtin University in the Faculty of Health Sciences and have the privilege of being involved in the common first year unit Indigenous Cultures and Health. This unit aims to provide future health graduates with an understanding of the history, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to better prepare them to work in partnership and provide culturally appropriate health and social services.
Currently, I’m teaching in the unit but have been involved in several related projects at Curtin. My own education in Aboriginal history came late; like most non-Aboriginal people I was ignorant of the history of this country and the impact of colonisation as I wasn’t taught any of this at school. I’m still learning!
I am the Chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan Committee at my daughter’s school, Beehive Montessori. My hope is that if we educate non-Aboriginal children so they have an understanding of Aboriginal culture and history they can actively contribute to a better future by becoming agents of change.
I came to meet Ann through my friend and colleague Professor Marion Kickett (who I work with at Curtin) and when I heard about the great work Ann was doing I was more than happy to assist through writing grant applications. Through its culturally secure programmes Kinship Connections WA addresses a significant gap in social services. I feel humbled and lucky to be involved with Ann’s important work.
Caryl is a “mostly” retired Management Consultant , holding a range of Teaching, Training and Coaching qualifications.
She has extensive experience in personal development and transgenerational trauma work with both individuals and groups.
Her knowledge and involvement with the Aboriginal community begins with her father’s mother who, as an Aboriginal child, was sent to Swan Homes from Leonora in 1912. Caryl herself trained Aboriginal Child Care workers at Community Services Training Centre in the early 1980’s, before spending seven years working in the mining sector in Port Hedland and then Kununurra.
After returning to Perth, she worked in a range of consultancy practices servicing both government and private clients. Her volunteer activities with Kinship Connections began with an advertisement seeking assistance with researching genealogies, expanding to include social events, strategic planning, documentation and anything else that is required!
She thoroughly recommends volunteering here to anyone seeking a challenging and rewarding experience with a dedicated and passionate team of people who are seeking to address transgenerational trauma in our society.
Helen Lynes has experience in senior management, community development, organisational capacity building, policy and systemic advocacy. She worked as a university lecturer for over 10 years, and as the Coordinator Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre, the Executive Officer WA Association for Mental Health, Coordinator Community Engagement and Partnerships, City of Swan, Manager, Ruah Community Services, and as Executive Manager, Richmond Wellbeing. She has a passion for healing the wrongs of the past, and for speaking up for the rights of communities and nature. She has a Masters Degree in International Community Development. Helen has supported the Wadjuk Boodja Aboriginal Corporation, and also Koya Aboriginal Corporation. She also assisted the Derbarl Yerrigan Committee for the Reburial of Yagan’s Kaat to obtain the funds for the establishment of the Yagan Memorial Park in the Upper Swan.
Jocelyn Indich (Jose) is a strong Noongar woman born in Armadale WA and grew up in the Kwinana district. Joce’s Father, William Indich, comes from the Yued Tribe. Joce’s Mother, Edith Woods, comes from the Wagyl Kaip Tribe on her Father’s side, and Gnaalar Kaarla Boodjah on her Mother’s side. Joce’s love of basketball and netball took her all over WA competing in the State Aboriginal Women’s side for netball and basketball. After this Joce spent several years of coaching Aboriginal children in basketball and still plays herself in carnivals. Joce has 4 grown children and 5 Grandchildren and has been a Carer for her nieces, nephews and her Grandchildren.
Joce has worked for 10 years in a Woman’s Refuge run and managed by her family and also in a Noongar Shelter as a Caretaker. After this Joce worked for several years for the Department of Education at Yangebup Primary School as a Coordinator for homework classes and then later as an AIEO to support the Aboriginal children with their education. Joce went on to work at the Attadale Hospital working as a Patient Care Assistant and has also worked with Aboriginal Elders with the Aboriginal Independence and Environmental Group as a Consultant for liaison with community in regard to Aboriginal Sites.
Joce feels strongly in the work that Kinship Connections is doing to bring about change for Aboriginal children and Aboriginal people in the community.