The Executive Committee
Ms. Dawn Wallam, Chairperson
Dawn Wallam was elected Chairperson in 2016. Dawn is a Wadandi woman of the Noongar Nation who has developed a work history of over 40 years. Dawn is a founding member of Nyoongar Outreach and brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to the organisation in her role as Chairperson.
Dawn is highly committed to ensuring excellence in governance and service provision and has a passion for improving the well-being of Aboriginal children. Through both paid and voluntary community work and self education, Dawn has undertaken tertiary studies to develop knowledge, skills and abilities and to gain a broader perspective and enhanced understanding of community needs, maximising her potential to foster best practice in herself and others.
Dawn has been associated with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children’s service agencies for many years, and is the Chief Executive Officer of Yorganop Association Incorporated. Dawn has been proactive in representing Aboriginal children’s issues at all levels including local, state, national and international forums in her role as CEO of Yorganop and as National Chairperson of the Secretariat National Aboriginal Islander Child Care [SNAICC]. In 2005 she was one of the founding signatories of the Sub Group on Indigenous Children to the United Nations Working Group on the Rights of the Child.
Mr. Neville Collard, Vice Chairperson
In 1998 Neville Collard was one of the co-founders of the Nyoongar Patrol System Inc. A longstanding Committee member and Chairman (2001 to 2003), Neville has many years of experience in the justice system and various government agency sectors. Neville has contributed his extensive justice knowledge to the development of Nyoongar Outreach Services Inc. and assisted the organisation in the implementation of its operational plans. Neville currently attends to Cultural Training Programs at schools within the Perth metropolitan area and at the Perth Royal Show. Neville was elected Vice Chairperson in 2016.
Ms. Barbara Stack, Treasurer
Ms. Stack served as the Outreach Co-ordinator with Nyoongar Outreach Services for 7 years before becoming a Committee member in 2010. Currently, Barbara is also an Aboriginal Health Practitioner with the Derbal Yerrigan Health Service in the area of chronic health.
Mr. Jeremy Garlett, Secretary
Aboriginal radio founder (6NR) and currently Aboriginal radio presenter with Nyoongar Radio 100.9FM, Mr. Garlett's past experiences include the position of Manager of Bloodwood Youth Accommodation. He also worked with the WA Police Service within Perth metropolitan stations between 1995 and 2014. He studied at Curtin University in broadcasting and community services.
Mr. Farley Garlett, Commitee Member
Mr. Farley Garlett has many years of high level experience in local and national Indigenous governance committees and was Chairperson of Nyoongar Outreach Services between 2010 and 2016. A strong advocate for Aboriginal people, Mr. Garlett was elected as the Chairperson Perth Noongar Regional Council, ATSIC from 1999 to 2002 and then was elected as the WA ATSIC Commissioner. He has vast experience in working with youth at risk, the education system, Aboriginal Communities and with Aboriginal families. He has also had many years experience working in a lead role in Aboriginal Relations on mining sites throughout Western Australia.
Ms. Maria McAtackney, CEO
Master in Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and BA Behavioural Studies. Ms McAtackney has some twenty years of experience, working in health and community safety and security. She has worked in two Aboriginal controlled organizations.