Documents

WWDACT Constitution [pdf]

WWDACT Director’s Report 2018 [pdf] [docx]

 

Our Board

Sue Salthouse

WWDACT Chair

Sue is an educator and disability rights advocate, and has worked in both education and disability in Central Australia, Nepal, and Italy. She is a member of the University of Canberra Council, and the Independent Advisory Council of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Disability Reference Group advising the ACT Government on the implementation of the National Disability Strategy. She has been an inaugural board member, and Chair of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, and a former president of Women With Disabilities Australia. She has advocated for improved access to services, education and employment for women with disabilities. Sue has the lived experience of disability after an accident in 1995. She was the 2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year, 2014 ACT Senior Woman of the Year, and a nominee for the 2014 Senior Australian of the Year.

 

 

Dianne McGowan

WWDACT Treasurer

Di is a qualified bookkeeper and has worked extensively in both the disability sector and the private sector. She has been a member of WWDACT since it was first formed in 1995 and has supported the organisation with financial advice since its inception. She worked as the bookkeeper for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) for a number of years when the national office was located in Canberra. She retired from her employment as the Accounts Manager for Eric Martin & Associates, a specialist in access architecture at the end of October 2017. Di has lived with disability all her life, and from a young age she has known that keeping active is an important part of maintaining mobility. In her youth she was a keen netballer and tennis player. She continues to uphold this philosophy with two exercise classes per week and in retirement will do more exercise. In her down time she is an avid reader of mystery novels and loves to spend time with her three grandchildren. She will continue to support WWDACT in her retirement.

 

Belinda O’Connor

WWDACT Director

Born with vision impairment, Belinda has forged a life of ongoing growth in personal self-advocacy as a person with disability and for people with disability. For the past 15 years Belinda has worked in various portfolios across the Australian Government, currently in public policy. She is passionate about improving disability workforce participation and inclusive practices, including through universal design and assistive technology. During this time, Belinda has been actively involved in disability networks and is currently working with other people with disability to establish with the Digital Transformation Agency a disability network for innovation and technology inclusion. In 2017 Belinda founded Bioptic Drivers Australia and is working with a multi-disciplinary team to advocate to formalise bioptic driving in Australia. As a recent member to WWDACT, Belinda has a growing interest in the intersectional challenges facing women with disability. She is keen to work with other strong women to advance human rights and inclusion for women with disability in the ACT.

 

Maree Pavloudis

WWDACT Director

Maree is interested and involved with different things like Public Housing, Accessible Housing, Health, Age Care, Disabilities and helping the community. She returned to Australia six years ago and for the past five she has been living in Public Housing. She became involved in advocacy with the Relocation of tenants from Owen Flats on Northbourne Avenue (I was also one of the Tenants) as part of the Housing ACT Renewal program. This led her to become a member of the Tenants Consultative Group at HACT and then to creating a FB page exclusively for Housing ACT Tenants to be able to voice their concerns about their tenancy but also helping each other with problems and solutions around everyday life. She is also a recent board member of the Belconnen Community Council and hope to be able to bring some more light to issues concerning disabilities and accessibility.

 

Louise Bannister

WWDACT Director

Louise has been involved with WWDACT since 1998 and works to promote health and wellbeing for women with disabilities including improving access to women’s health screening services. She is passionate about right for individual choice and control and about creating a fully inclusive community through mentoring, education, advocacy, and leadership. Louise represents WWDACT on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women; and on the ACT Disability Reference Group. She is the former Deputy Chair of the Disability Advisory Council, and continues to work with ACT Health and the government to improve women with disabilities’ access to services and education. Louise has been recognized for her work in the community.  She was awarded the 2012 Chief Minister’s Award for Inclusion by an Individual, and was a 2009 Finalist in the Women of Spirit Awards, and a National Finalist in the 2006 Australian Centre for Leadership of Women Leadership Achievement Award.

 

Karen Hedley

WWDACT Director

Karen is new to WWDACT and new to considering herself a woman with disabilities. She’s been working with people with disabilities for 30 years, including her own children. During 4 years working at Advocacy for Inclusion she established a focus on human rights and self-advocacy, and developed a growing interest in the specific issues facing women. She was awarded the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Lifetime Achievement in Support Work in 2015. Karen has always aimed to empower and inform others and to this end she has established a number of successful blogs, Facebook groups and pages to support people with disabilities in Canberra, and their parents, carers, teachers, etc.

 

 

Kerry Marshall

WWDACT Director

Kerry has been a Canberra resident for more than 30 years.  After a long career in the Commonwealth public service where she worked in many areas of social policy including unemployment, child protection, disability, and reducing violence against women, Kerry began a Master of Social Work in 2016. Kerry has lived with disability all her life and has been a member of WWDACT for several years.  She is a qualified counsellor and is passionate about improving the profile, status and lives of women with disabilities in the ACT and Region.  A Victorian by birth, Kerry is a passionate Essendon Bombers supporter and an avid reader.  She has a keen interest in mental health, mentoring, inclusion, human rights and social justice and is delighted to join the WWDACT Board.

 

 

Christina Ryan

WWDACT Public Officer

Christina is a leadership and executive coach who embeds inclusion and ethical frameworks across organisational structures & culture. She has held CEO, senior management & team leading positions across both government & non-government sectors for 20 years, is a high level strategic thinker & noted innovator, using design thinking & collaboration to build new approaches. Christina founded the Disability Leadership Institute in 2017 to create a professional hub for leaders with disabilities, so that Australia builds & supports its disability leaders. She has been a leader in the Australian disability community, working at an international, national & local level to change the diversity agenda, while coaching numerous people with disabilities to their own leadership success.

 

 

Our Staff

C Moore

Chief Executive OfficerApicture of a smiling person with short brown hair. They are wearing an orange blazer with a grey shirt.

C joined WWDACT as CEO in 2018, bringing their skills in community engagement, online media and systemic advocacy. They have a particular interest in access to health care, equity in housing, and intersectionality in advocacy. C is part of the Disability Leadership Institute Future Shapers program, where they are developing transformational leadership skills. For their work in the disability sector, C was awarded the 2018 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Emerging Young Leader.

C can be contacted at ceo@wwdact.org.au.

 

 

A photograph of Aji SanaAjar Sana

Community Engagement Officer

Ajar is taking on the position of community engagement from her experience with advocacy of disability for students at the Australian National University. She will be conducting the WWDACT Representatives program and hosting all our engagement activities, so let her know if you’re interested in attending any specific events or workshops!! Her role is to make our voices heard so definitely get in touch if you have any comments. She is especially interested in access to education, restorative practices, and recognition of intersectional power dynamics.

Ajar can be contacted at engagement@wwdact.org.au.

 

Eleanor Armstrong

Organisational Development OfficerA woman with brown hair wearing a floral shirt

Eleanor hails from New South Wales, but she calls Canberra home while she completes her studies. Her background is in social research and policy communication and she excited about being able to apply and add to her skills in the disability advocacy sector. She has a particular interest in mental health inclusion and how we can make our education systems more accessible. She is keen to further her knowledge across all areas of inclusion and to share it through useful resources for our members and board. She looks forward to taking on board member suggestions for developing our capacity in both the short and long term.

 

Natalee Thomas

Peer Leader

“Hi everyone, my name is Natalee but everyone calls me Nat (she her), and I am a Peer Leader and Representative for WWDACT. I have lived in Canberra my whole life, working with different non-profit organisations since I was a child, from The Cancer Council to Meals on Wheels.

Before becoming a Representative for WWDACT I spent a lot of my time advocating and sharing the stories of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, mainly focusing on women* and the LGBT+ community using social media. During this time, I have had the privilege of talking to hundreds of people with all types of disabilities, chronic illnesses and conditions across the world. I have helped them with advocacy, finding help in regard to doctors and support networks, patient rights, research, and their rights regarding body autonomy.

I’m excited to use my knowledge and lived experience to help others within our community, as well as to work towards meaningful change. In my spare time I love drawing, painting – basically anything art related, spending time with my three dogs, and nature. Looking forward to getting to know you all!  ”

 

Al Azmi

Peer Leader

“Heya everyone, name is Al! I use they/them/theirs pronouns, and I’m a new Peer Leader at WWDACT.

I arrived in Canberra in 2015 as a student, and grew to love the city and its people as my adopted home. My experiences as an asylum seeker here has  cemented my appreciation for the community of support that exists here, and I hope I can pay that forward in my role with WWDACT!

I do work as an educator with Tranz Australia, have produced a documentary project about domestic violence for Companion House and was a recent Pride intern for UnionsACT. I am also a perpetual student, currently studying Bachelor of Arts at the ANU, focusing on Sociology and Gender Studies.

I am a queer, disability, refugee and workers rights activist, and I want to address the importance of the intersections of identities in social justice movements. I try to be loud and visible in embodying my identities, which I hope will serve as a visible representation of unseen and unheard communities.

In solidarity,

Al Azmi (they/them)”

 

Kathy Ehmann

Communications and Administration Officer

Kathy is a new face at WWDACT, starting in August 2018. Kathy comes to us with a diverse experience of customer service, administration and communications. She has a passion for making our community kinder and fairer for all people.