Lynne is an international training and development consultant with a research background in sociology and cultural anthropology. She has spent many years working in Indigenous education and training in WA and has worked for over ten years with government departments, local NGOs, and international agencies in Timor-Leste and Indonesia in the training and development area. Most recently Lynne worked for the International labour Organisation (ILO) in Timor-Leste, managing the Youth Employment Program followed by the Training and Employment Support Program. She has also carried out ethnographic research in Timor and Aceh into the barriers impacting the effective participation of local NGOs in countries recovering from conflict and upheaval. Lynne took on the role of OWC coordinator in September 2015 after rejoining the management committee in April 2015.
Andrea has taken on the role of coordinating the library after working closely with Jenni (former librarian) for many months learning the collection. Andrea’s professionalism and enthusiasm is a driving force in the library. She has worked in school libraries across all areas of service delivery and has collaborated in producing teaching resources. Andrea also coordinates the library up-dates and promotions.
Kara Salter is a cultural and environmental anthropologist who has worked and engaged with small communities for the last 9 years. Born and raised in the Northern Territory, Kara has since lived and worked in diverse places like Melbourne, China, Italy, India, the Western Australian wheat belt (Toodyay and Northam) and here in Perth. Her interest in community was peaked when she worked as a community engagement officer for a small development company seeking to build an ecovillage in the Perth Hills. She has since dedicated herself to understanding community and community building among groups intentionally designing and co-creating their own alternative lifestyles, recently completing a PhD in this area. Based on this background she sees the community engagement processes facilitated by Sandra Krempl and the OWC pilot project as a valuable tool that allows organisations, groups and communities to achieve sustainability.
Caroline is a passionate educator with more than a decade’s experience working as a University lecturer in the Humanities. Caroline completed her PhD in historiography and cultural history in 2011, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) in 2015. Her areas of research interest and specialisation include teachers’ working knowledge and experiential knowing, ethical and values education, and global competencies.
Rob is a Biologist and Environmental Scientist with over fifteen years of experience working and conducting research in the field of environmental protection and enhancement. Over the past five years Rob has worked predominantly in the areas of carbon mitigation, environmental restoration and soil amendment in the low rainfall areas of South-Western Australia. This mainly project-based work included close contact with the agricultural sector, working closely with various research organisations, government agencies, and Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations to bring about practical solutions to local environmental challenges.
Cath is a long standing volunteer at OWC and has worked in many areas of the Centre’s work including finance and the library. Cath plays an important in role in making sure the library runs smoothly and has an in-depth knowledge of the collection including the discovery boxes which are very popular with schools.
Simon is passionate about young people understanding the importance of social justice and human rights in this changing world. He also believes in the importance of action and in not losing hope for a sustainable world. He is our youngest volunteer and a vital member of the team.
Charles is an urban landscape architect and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our environmental sustainability program, particularly the verge transformation community project.
Diggory is also another young team member passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice.
Everyone working at the OWC dedicates their time in some voluntary capacity to ensure a high level of professional service delivery across all areas of the Centre’s work. Volunteers, in particular, play an invaluable role in the daily running of the Centre. They carry out tasks such as developing resources for the library as well as routine library management, preparing for and helping with OWC events, researching and developing new materials and resources, coordination and administrative tasks, and serving on the Management Committee and various sub-committees.
If you think you would like to volunteer at the OWC please contact the coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 9371 9133.