Our Board

Our board is our governing body, responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation The Board is made up of members of the community who are passionate about our Mission, Vision and Values.

Chair Patricia Anderson
Vice Chair Vacant
Secretary Tania Clifton
Treasurer Sandra Watt
Board Member Julie Chidlow
Board Member Clara Harris

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Expressions of interest – Chair of the Board and Board Member


“Enriching the lives of People with Disability and their families by supporting choices and creating opportunities to live as part of the community.”

Values:  People | Respect | Commitment | Integrity

We currently seek new board members who have a passion to make a difference and can actively contribute their time, skills and expertise with us.  In particular, we have vacancies for a Board Chair and Board Member.

About us

Established in 1999, Midwest Community Living Association is a Geraldton based not for profit organisation led by a board of local people who are passionate about the community and the people who we support. Midwest Community Living provide a range of supports for people with disability so they can live in their own homes with back up and support of a local organisation. We currently manage 19 houses through the Community Disability Housing Program (CDHP) and support many people with disability in the Midwest to live a lifestyle of choice and opportunity.


About the Roles

As a Board Member you will be required to provide key contributions such as:

  • Identifying strategic implications and opportunities for the Association.
  • Development of policies, procedures and actions necessary to achieve and maintain high quality programs and services which correspond with the operations of the Association.
  • Ensure the financial affairs of the Association are conducted on a responsible basis in accordance with establish policies.
  • Ensure the property of the Association is well maintained.
  • Foster harmonious relationships and results in a skilled, highly motivated and productive workforce.
  • Encourage effective communication and messaging to all our key stakeholders.


These voluntary / honorary positions would require the following contributions:

  • Regular attendance to Board meetings.
  • Being well informed on agenda items.
  • Participating fully and openly in meetings.
  • Contributing knowledge and expressing opinions to assist the Board to make sound decisions.
  • Representing the Association at specific events.


About You

You are passionate about MWCLA’s role in supporting the community and may be from the disabilities sector or from the wider community.  You have a desire to give back to your community, align closely with the values of MWCLA and wish to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives by governing and steering a highly valued organisation.


Highly desirable candidates would have skills and experience in one or more of the fields listed below:

  • Strategic human resource management and industrial relations
  • Governance and strategic planning
  • Marketing, digital media, communications, media relations
  • Fundraising and coordinating events
  • Running a small business


Candidates for the position of Chair should also have previous experience of Chairing a not-for-profit Board, or at a minimum, demonstrated evidence of previous membership of a Board.  A strong history of experience with business operations would also be highly regarded.


All candidates should be able to provide a satisfactory National Police check and Working with Children check.


Expressions of Interest

Please email your CV as well as a cover letter of no more than two pages, outlining your relevant experience and what you could bring to the Board, (including highlighting your preferred position), to Carrie Puzzar, Principal Consultant, Carrie & Co via hello@carrieco.com.au, by 5.00pm on 13 September 2019.  For further information or to discuss the roles in more detail, please contact Trish Anderson, MWCLA Board Chair, on 0439 300 088.