“After four years as a volunteer on the Opening Doors Programme and holding strong views on the treatment of refugees in Australia I decided it was time to “step up” and offer to contribute to CARAD on the Management Committee. I believe I bring to the table my extensive business experience and previous involvement with community organisations.”
“I am a law student working towards a career in human rights law and am very excited to be part of the management committee. During my time on the committee I hope to promote to the wider community, mainly the younger generations, the importance of cultural inclusivity and compassion. I hope to develop a wider involvement and awareness within Perth of the programs that CARAD facilitates and their importance.”
“I have worked for over 30 year in the domestic and family violence sector and was the CEO of the Pat Giles Centre for 24 years. I am currently the Policy Officer of the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (Peak Body), am the Western Australian representative on WESNET (the National peak body for domestic and family violence services) and the Western Australian representative of the Australian “Women against Violence Alliance”. I was a Justice of the Peace for 15 years, and Independent Prison Visitor for the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services 10 years and have also been a primary school teacher.
Recently I have initiated a project to support women on temporary visas who have experienced domestic and family violence in refuges and am the Chair of a charity called “Standing Shoulder to Shoulder,” which supports women without an income.
I would like to offer support to improve the wellbeing and opportunities for people seeking asylum and refugees to settle in Australia as valued citizens. I am particularly interested in supporting women and children who are experience domestic and family violence in addition to the other issues facing new arrivals.”
“Issihaka currently works in government conducting performance audits that look into the effective and efficient management of programs and activities of agencies. He has previously worked in the area of community development, supporting people of refugee or Asylum seeker background. Specifically in developing and implementing community initiatives, advocacy and social research.
He remains passionate about issues that impact on refugees and asylum seekers and seeks to contribute to the sector as an active management committee member of CARAD.”
“I am an Associate Professor and currently Academic Chair of the English and Creative Arts Program at Murdoch University, where I have worked since 2000. I teach undergraduate students in literary studies and professional writing and editing, and I supervise several doctoral students. As a researcher, I have published journal articles and book chapters examining public and government rhetoric concerning asylum seekers, investigating how this powerful language shapes community attitudes and how it might be challenged. During my time at Murdoch I have been an active member of various committees and working groups. Most recently I was elected academic staff member of the university’s board – the Senate (2015-2017).
I’m new to CARAD, having completed the Building Bridges training earlier in the year. As I work full time, I am keen to become active in a role that would mostly allow out-of-office-hours involvement. My last ongoing professional association with refugees was many years ago, when I worked as an ESL teacher with students from the former Eastern Europe and South America on academic English Programs. In my role as an academic at Murdoch University I come into regular contact with students with a refugee background. On a more personal note, it is also worth mentioning here that my own parents arrived in Wales as refugees following the second world war, so I grew up in a home where questions of belonging, safety and opportunity were very real.
From all I have learnt about CARAD, I see the organisation’s activities and services in supporting the welfare and rights of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees as ever more important. I would love to be able to support, in some practical way, such an endeavour. Given my long experience in and deep knowledge of the higher education sector, my aim as a Management Committee member would be to forge closer ties between the university sector and CARAD. My view is that the universities could be doing much more to make accessible education pathways for refugees, and I would like to be active in developing initiatives that would realise this possibility.”
“With a life-long commitment to justice and advocacy alongside marginalised and oppressed people, Rosemary’s skills in working with people were developed through her professional backgrounds in nursing and youth work. Rosemary’s Christian faith is formative in her ethics and approach to the intrinsic value of each human being. Her long-standing involvement and commitment to social justice also reflects her deep sense of vocation in the church and in the wider community. This commitment has lead Rosemary to pursue advocacy, action and policy development work in areas of Indigenous issues, refugees, asylum seekers and detainees, mental health, work rights, and international justice matters. She continues to engage community and government to bring about change for a more just society.”
“I would like to use the skills and knowledge I have to contribute to the governance of CARAD as it continues to meet the challenges posed by the Commonwealth Government’s refugee policies. It’s a privilege to be part of CARAD as it continues to welcome and support asylum seekers, refugees and detainees and their families to live with decency and dignity in our community.”