Linda joined the GCWA originally on the Management Committee in 2017 bringing with her a wealth of experience in community development across the arts, women’s health, disability, and multicultural sectors. Her unique knowledge of the NGO sector comes through her time on numerous Boards and Committees, her role assessing grants for Lotterywest and the Office of Multicultural Interests, and as the Executive Manager of Community Midwifery WA Inc. – a resource centre for pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
Central to Linda’s diverse work is her commitment to empowering people to make informed choices and embrace change as an opportunity for growth. Her support of Indigenous self-determination led Linda to live and work in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in the early ‘90s and to becoming an independent filmmaker with a number of her documentaries produced for SBSTV.
Linda’s current work focuses on minimizing the intensity of grief through the demystification of death and dying, and the promotion of early, well-informed end-of-life decisions.
Community Services, Corporate Training and Professional Development
For 15 years Christine coordinated one of the longest running Personal Development Programs in the Education Department in Western Australia. Within both her public and private practices the diversity of Christine’s client group, ranges from professors and surgeons, medical professionals, domestic violence perpetrators and victims to armed forces personnel, hairdressers, factory workers and clerical staff. This diverse work has given her the opportunity to design programs and work on projects that change lives by introducing and developing emotional competency and self-management skills. Christine has also worked extensively within the prison system with outstanding results.
In 2018 Christine became a founding Board Member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Consumer Community Coalition (AODCCC), a newly incorporated, independent coalition created to provide stronger representation, advocacy and engagement, not only for consumers of alcohol and other drugs but for their families and supporters.
Business Development Manager
Vicki started her career at PwC, London where she gained her Chartered Accountant’s qualification whilst working in Middle Markets Tax. Since then she has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on start-up environments, which have not only given her a robust financial skill, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong commercial and operational acumen. More recently, her ethical values and passion for people and equality, have seen her seek out more purposeful work and apply her skillset to the fields of environment and conservation, the disability sector and now mental health services. Vicki hopes to add value to the Board on matters of finance, corporate governance, risk management and strategy.
Volunteering, Policy & Human Resources
Mort is people person in the truest sense, with a very mixed background that includes Irish, Native American Indian, African American and Creole heritage.
Mort has lived and worked in many parts of the world and is conversant in a number of languages. This multi-cultural, international perspective gives Mort a great advantage when it comes to developing the vital relationships necessary to understand the dynamics of diverse groups and situations. He is passionate about grief work and works as a transformational management consultant and coach in large organisations and with individuals.
Head of Counselling & Support Services
Kath has been involved at the Grief Centre of WA since December 2015 initially as a specialist grief counsellor and support group facilitator, and more recently as a member of the Management Committee, and now the GCWA Advisory Board.
Kath has 4 decades of experience as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse specialising in midwifery. As a result, Kath has worked across the birth, life, and death spectrum. In addition to continuing with her nursing career, Kath completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in order to offer grief support for the parents of baby-death. Kath regularly runs Professional Development seminars for health professionals so they have opportunities to acknowledge and attend to their grief outside of the workplace.
Business Development Associate
Danielle is an experienced strategic business development professional, with lived experience in grief.
Her passion grew to bridge the gaps for individuals and families trying to navigate this journey. She believes these gaps appear in the information and resources provided within communities, work life, education, health and support work. However, through educating and guiding society Danielle believes we can reduce some of the pain by creating a holistic resource centre for grief.
Caring and supporting her Mum after the loss of her Dad, then later in life with a terminal illness, prompted her to seek more information around what support services and information is available to individuals and families experiencing end of life circumstances. Trying to navigate through the legalities, advanced health systems, documentation and simply trying to find support was incredibly overwhelming and the information provided was inconsistent from so many sources. This frustration led her to change industries and work with the Grief Centre, so she can utilise her knowledge to help reduce the stress and confusion for others.