William Hayward (Chair)
Di Ryder (Vice Chair)
Di Ryder is a proud Noongar from Yued (around New Norcia), and Balladong (Avon/wheatbelt) Countries. She was in the Australian Army for 21 years, and is currently the President of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veteran’s Association. She is the Master of Ceremony for the Indigenous Veteran’s Commemorative service for events held each year at the State War Memorial in Kings Park during Reconciliation Week. Di also coordinates the Swan Aboriginal Community Christmas Party, which has grown to 900 people attending with over 200 hampers distributed last year. She sits on the Swan Alliance Leadership Group and Community Committee, the Nagla Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group, the Moort Boodjari Mia Reference Group, as a community representative, and the Midland NAIDOC committee. She was awarded the1990 Australia Day Medallion Award for Service as a Discharge Sargent, the 2009 NAIDOC Perth outstanding achievement award, the 2009 City of Swan Australia Day Active Citizenship Award, and the the 2012 Midland Women’s Health Care Place Community Award. In 2014 Di was awarded the Highly Commended Achievement – Community Member of the Year, Midland NAIDOC Award, and in 2015 as the Midland NAIDOC Community Member of the Year. In 2015 she was also nominated for the Australian of the Year Award. Prior to retirement she worked for the Street Doctor, the Telethon Speech and Hearing Ear Bus program, and the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service as an outreach worker. Di has volunteered for, and been involved with, many community programs in the Midland area.
Bonnie Hayward (Secretary)
Bonnie Hayward is a Noongar woman who has grown up in the Perth metropolitan area. She has worked for nearly 25 years in the area of human services in WA, in particular youth justice and policy roles such as the Aboriginal Justice Agreement in WA. Since 2006 she has worked for the department for child protection assisting with the state-wide implementation of the Gordon Inquiry Recommendations and more recently fostering services coordinating programs for Aboriginal children in foster care. She has an academic background in Indigenous Community Management and Development and Social Work.
Suzanne Fielding (Treasurer)
Suzanne Fielding is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Perth. Since then she has worked in several accountancy firms in Perth, Sydney, Queensland and UK. She is a devoted mother and grandmother. Suzanne currently works 3 days a week as the Finance Officer of Country Arts WA. This organization provides arts funding to country areas including supporting many Aboriginal community projects such as the annual “Sand Tracks” music tour to many isolated communities. Suzanne has been keeping Kinship Connections’ books in order over the past 2 years.
Fay Alford has been Director of the Foster Care Association of WA for 12 years, providing support and advocacy to foster carers throughout the state. She is also an advisor to the Minister from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS) on behalf of carers. Fay is a frequent guest speaker for community organisations and a key player in the training and recruitment of new foster carers. She has been a foster parent with the CPFS for over 25 years.
Professor Mike Clare received his Chair in Social Work and Social Policy before leaving the University of Western Australia in 2009. He has a long-standing research, policy and practice interest in statutory practice with children and families, especially in the areas of foster care and adoption. He has worked with various government and non-government agencies, and helped introduce the UK’s Looking After Children system of assessment and review tools for planning for children in out-of-home care.
Josey Hansen is a Noongar, wife, mother, grandmother and an active member of her community. Her current employment is as an Aboriginal Consultant with Anglicare WA. In 2007 she was acknowledged at the National Anglicare Australia Awards and received the Service Excellence award for the cultural work. Josey is the founder of Blak Diamond Consulting. She has a strong belief that ‘yarning-sharing stories’ and effective use of networks has reached out to the broader community to work towards an inclusive society and serves to challenge stereotypical beliefs that are problematic in preventing people living in harmony.
Lesley Radloff is the eldest of nine children and born in Townsville, Queensland to a Kairi mother and Kamilaroi father. Lesley moved to Perth in 1995 during her consultancy work with the University of Western Australia. Her dreaming is the Yuthaburra meaning bush honey bee and her Aboriginal name is Bangama, meaning native sandalwood tree. Lesley is among the many survivor of the Stolen Generation and whilst she managed to reconnect with her birth mother over 40 years ago, it is in recent years since her search for her father’s identity came to fruition, a few months before her 58th birthday, sadly he passed away soon after. Lesley has had an extensive working history with the Department of Education which took her into her current role as the Regional Consultant of Aboriginal Education.
Throughout her extensive career in education and the arts, Lesley has been involved in Indigenous affairs on a national basis and lectured at various universities and TAFE colleges in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. In addition to her national work, Lesley has lectured and worked extensively with Indigenous nations in the Pacific region and Canada, focusing on Indigenous arts, copyright, royalty issues and general involvement in community arts. Lesley is a member and volunteer of various Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal boards and groups and knows first hand of the challenges that many young people face when growing up away from family and the journey of self identity of reconnecting back with their birth families.
Bruce Loo is a Noongar man, with connections to the Wudjari, Ballardong, Yued, and Wilman clans. Bruce is an active member the Aboriginal community and has worked in several state and commonwealth government departments for over 20 years. Including the Department of Education Armadale Office, Department for Child Protection, WA Health Aboriginal Health, State Protection of Children Co-ordination Unit (WA Health) This also included a six month secondment to the Drug and Alcohol Office, with a short time in the private sector. Bruce is currently self-employed. He has been a board member on several Aboriginal Community Controlled and mainstream Organisations, and is the currently on several strategic Aboriginal focused committees. Bruce completed his Graduate Certificate Child Protection Practice at the University of Western Australia 2009, Graduate Certificate Management Curtin School of Business 2008, Bachelor Applied Science Indigenous Community Management Development Curtin University of Technology 2005, and Associate Degree Indigenous Community Management Curtin University of Technology 2004 Bentley Campus.
Rhonda Camilleri was raised in a family of 6 children in a coal to power industry, working class country town in Victoria. She is a non-Aboriginal woman with a strong sense of justice with a strong social justice conscious. She is a proud mother and grandmother.
Rhonda has worked in the field of human service delivery for 30 years. First working with Justice, with adults and then 11 years with youth, specifically koori youth who found themselves in front of the Childrens Courts in Victoria. She worked closely with Central Gippsland Aboriginal Health and Housing Cooperative in order to secure young people accommodation, health checks and improving school attendance. During this time she had seen firsthand the impact of Aboriginal youth suicide, and the grief and loss and trauma it brought to their families. After moving to Perth in 2003 she worked for Anglicare and Outcare in the non-government sector until she secured employment with the Department for Child Protection in 2007. In this current roll Rhonda has seen first-hand the impact of the previous policies around the removal of aboriginal children from their families and believes if children need to be placed outside of their parents care then the best place for them is with their own, safe families, kin and communities. Children grow and develop to their best potential when living with those that are connected to them and those whose family history embraces them and teaches them to feel connected to family, country and culture.