Women With Disabilities WA Inc’s Management Committee is made up entirely of women with disabilities.
Our Current Management Committee – 2018
Wendy Wright – Chairperson
Melanie Hawkes – Secretary
Melanie acquired her disability when she was only 23 months old, but being in a wheelchair hasn’t stopped her. She studied Japanese at Murdoch University and spent 10 months in Himeji, Japan on exchange in 1999. Since returning to Perth she has done a variety of paid and volunteer jobs. Her first job was to assist in putting the first ever Women On Wellness conference on in 2002, from which WWDWA Inc was born. She has also been a Japanese interpreter. She currently works two days a week for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services as a video editor’s assistant. She is also the Vice President of the Lions Club of Forrestfield High Wycombe and has a retired assistance dog called Upton. She loves doing anything Japanese including bonsai, reading (usually about dogs or Japan), doing art and craft and travelling.
Jackie Greene – Treasurer
Jackie has lived with Cerebral Palsy since birth. Living with C.P. has taught her that life can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. It is important to Jackie to put a whole-hearted effort into everything that she does.
She worked in the Public Sector for eight years. Then, decided to go back to Tafe. Now she is studying a dual Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping, and is looking forward to obtaining work in this area.
After raising her Son, Jackie is now interested in giving back to the community. Her interests include, Social Justice, and all matters regarding disability. She loves reading, gardening, cooking and socialising.
Mrs Leone Lawrence – Committee Member
Leone has lived all over Australia. She is the mother of 5, Grandmother of 12 & Great-Grandmother of 1. Leone is also a former Nurse, Social Worker (part time 1980s) and Business Owner. Now Retired. She is now volunteer Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Counsellor as well as General Counselling (30+ years), Committee Member at WWDWA Inc for 10 years, as well as active with other numerous charitable works. Teaches Meditation & Relaxation. Genealogist. Leone has a number of disabilities:- MS, TBI, Anteriorgrade Amnesia, Spinal Cord & Disc Compression, Chronic Sciatica.
Petrina Lawrence – Committee Member
Annabelle Waller – Committee Member
Maggie Heynemann – Committee Member
Georgina Hook – Committee Member
Volunteer Coordinator – Rayna Lamb – last day 31/12/17
Rayna Lamb was born with CP and has other acquired disabilities. In 2003, Rayna established a network of women with disabilities in Perth, which evolved into the community based organisation Women With Disabilities WA Inc. She was a past President of the national organisation for women with disabilities, Women With Disabilities Australia. She has also worked with mainstream women’s groups and organisations to educate them around issues that face women with disabilities. As a result of her own experiences she is particularly passionate about raising awareness about women with disabilities who are victims of family and domestic violence, and finding ways to reduce the isolation of women with disabilities.