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clara harris

Chairperson

Clara is a Disability Advocate, a Mum and alongside her husband, a Director of their family’s farming business.  Her adult son is autistic and non-verbal, and for more than a decade she has publicly shared her family’s story to promote awareness, acceptance and opportunity for people with disability. She tells their story from fighting to be heard to get a diagnosis for their 18 month old babe, through to today as they guide him through to a fun and purpose-filled future.  Clara has been a member of the School Council of Holland St School in Geraldton for seven years and has been on our Board for four years, taking over the role of Board Chair in late 2020. She has undertaken not for profit Board training and is determined to assist people like her son to be seen and heard, and to make change.

Tania Clifton

Secretary

Tania is an Early Childhood Educator, Disability Advocate and Mum to three beautiful boys, one of whom has Down Syndrome.  She is the founder and administrator of Smile Like Me, which aims to provide education, create awareness and promote acceptance of people with a disability. Tania is passionate about inclusion and helping children realise their full potential. Her life’s mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to create a world where every human being is valued. Tania has served on our Board for over three years and hopes there are many more to come.

Sandra Watt

Treasurer

Sandra is a CPA Accountant with nearly 30 years experience in tax and business accounting.  She is married with two adult daughters who have left home to attend university. When asked to join our Board as the Treasurer, she jumped at the opportunity to give back to her community.

Katie Sluka

Board Member

Katie is an accountant, a member of CPA Australia and a sole practitioner in her own public practice in Geraldton.  Wanting to use her professional knowledge of non-for-profits to benefit the local community, Katie is honoured to be on our Board.

Ian Dempsey

Board Member

Ian is a part-time shipping agent and full-time carer for his partner Tammy.  He is currently a member of Marine Rescue Geraldton as well as the Batavia Local Emergency Management Committee. Throughout his life Ian has been passionate about making contributions to the local communities in which he lived. While in Port Hedland he was an active member of the Hedland State Emergency Service and in Victoria was a Trustee for the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation and founded the Children’s Mobility Picnic which won the City of Melton Community Project of the Year.  He also founded the Melton Adventure Playground Association which built an inclusive adventure playground suitable for children with disabilities over one weekend with the help of 400 volunteers.

Alicia Roche

Board Member

Alicia has lived in the Midwest for over 25 years and would love to see the local community lead the way for connection and inclusion. She is a mother of two young boys and loves nothing more than spending time along our beautiful coastline. Alicia is the Team Leader at Forrest Personnel in Geraldton and co-ordinates psychosocial support in Bunbury and Northam. Working with Forrest Personnel and guiding participants with disability, injury and mental health issues has broadened Alicia’s scope to focus on breaking down stigma in the community. Having completed the LEAD program, Alicia is keen to further develop leadership skills and encourage others to build on life experiences and create opportunities.  Being a member of our Board is a new venture and she is looking forward to what that may bring.

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