WWDWA Inc Management Committee and Volunteer Staff

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

Upton removing Melanie’s hat

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 that she has her Certificate IV in & Bookkeeping, she is currently working in the Private Sector as an Accounts Clerk. After raising her Son, Jackie is 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 with two German Shepherd dogs

Leone has lived all over Australia. She is a mother of 5, grandmother of 15 & great-grandmother of 1. Leone has a number of disabilities which makes life interesting:- MS, TBI, Anteriorgrade Amnesia, Spinal Cord & Disc Compression, Chronic Sciatica.

Leone careers were:- a Nurse, a Social Worker (part time 1980s) and a Business Owner. Even though Leone has now retired from the workforce she continues to be a philanthropist, a volunteer Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Counsellor as well as General Counselling (40+ years), a Committee Member at WWDWA Inc for 12 years, as well as active with other numerous charitable works.

She teaches meditation, relaxation & life skills. For fun (when retired) Leone obtained 3 tertiary degrees in Women’s Studies, Horticulture & Landscape design and Australian Studies & Australian History.

Her hobbies include gardening & landscape design, fashion design, reading romance, historical & paranormal fiction and genealogy. Leone’s current Disability Assistance Dog is a rescue dog named Guido Nicholas Lawrence and you can find him on Facebook.

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.