Our State Council

The Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Inc. (WACSSO) State Council is made up of a 22 elected Councillors and a President, all of whom are volunteers.

WACSSO State Councillors are elected volunteers who represent P&C Associations within their electorate at the state level. The President of WACSSO is also a volunteer who is elected by, and from, the Council members to represent them as the organisation's leader. The State Council meets several times a year to discuss educational issues of interest to Parents and Citizens' Associations (P&Cs), determine the direction of WACSSO and to influence the broad direction of education for the benefit of students.

Being a State Councillor is a rewarding experience as you are able to make an active contribution to the government school system in WA as well as assist P&C Associations in undertaking their important work in schools.

 

Kylie Catto

Kylie Catto

President

My name is Kylie Catto and I am honoured to be in my fourth term as the 27th President of the Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Inc. (WACSSO).

I first came to WACSSO in 2001 as the Councillor for the Pilbara West electorate. After a full three-year term, I moved south with my family where I was elected as the State Councillor for the Bunbury Electorate in May 2004, a position I held until September 2011 when I was elected President.

I have been involved with P&Cs since 1997 when my eldest daughter started school. Over the years I have held a variety of committee positions on both P&Cs and School Councils. I credit my enthusiasm for volunteer involvement to my parents who were always active members of our local community.

In addition to my extensive voluntary involvement with education, I have previously worked at a Senior High School in a number of roles. This variety of exposure to the education system has given me valuable knowledge and experience to draw from.

As WACSSO President I aim to provide a strong voice on behalf of parent organisations in Western Australia, building on the excellent work done at local levels by our affiliates. I will work collaboratively with your elected State Council to influence the direction of education for the benefit of students. Together we will strive to ensure that the diverse needs of students in WA schools are recognised, and adequately met and responded to by Government.

If you would like to discuss any matters to do with WACSSO, parent organisations or education in general in Western Australia you can contact me by e-mail or mobile.

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Jenny Blair

Jenny Blair 

Senior Vice President - Perth North

My name is Jenny Blair and I am a member of Carine Senior High School Parents and Citizens’ Association.  I have two children studying at Carine Senior High School.

I am passionate advocate of public schooling and I have worked in all education sectors from pre-school to adult learning.  I was educated at a Victorian regional high school.  I trained in Melbourne as a secondary school teacher before teaching in the Western Australian Goldfields and in regional South Australia.  While my children were young, we lived in New Zealand where I was very involved in the local pre-school and served as the chair of the local primary school board.  More recently I have been working in adult education.

From 2008 -2014 was very involved with Karrinyup Primary School P&C; at various times I was secretary, canteen committee convenor, executive committee member and WACSSO rep.  At Carine Senior High School I am a member of the P&C’s executive committee.

As the WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the opinions of affiliates within the Perth North electorate. As such, I will be in regular contact to ask your opinion on issues that are being dealt with by the State Council of WACSSO. I am also the local contact person for WACSSO, therefore if you have any questions about WACSSO or its activities then please feel free to contact me.

If invited, I would be more than happy to attend a meeting of your P&C Association to introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO.  Please contact me if you would like me to attend one of your meetings or if I can help you with any other matters.

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Scott Mosey

Scott Mosey

Vice President - Canning East

My name is Scott Mosey and I am fortunate enough to be the State Councillor for Canning East. I am the P&C President of Roleystone Community College where my 2 gorgeous kids attend. My son Riley is 9 and my daughter Georgia is 8. My wife's name is Mel and we have been married for 18 years. Everyone says that we each got a Mini Me in relation to our kids which of course means poor Mel has to effectively put up with two of me!!! I absolutely love everything about being a Dad and I saw the P&C as an ability to give something back to not only my own children but also other children in my area.

Whilst I am relatively new to P&C and even newer to WACSSO, what I lack in experience I hope I more than make up for in enthusiasm, passion and hard work. If I don't know the answer to a question I get then I will make it my mission to quickly and 

efficiently get the answer and I will respond promptly and professionally to any and all calls for my assistance.

I have already witnessed just what a tremendous and positive impact the P&C can have on not only the quality of education our children receive but also on the entire schooling experience. By extension, WACSSO can have any even bigger impact as the voice for P&C's by being strong and unequivocal advocates for Public Education, championing the causes and concerns of our member P&C's and helping you to support your school's Parents, Principals, Teachers, Administrators and Support Staff.

My aim as Canning South’s Councillor is to facilitate strong and effective working relationships between all of the affiliated schools in my district. I want to help us share the incredible amount of knowledge and experience held within the various P&C's of Canning South and provide any support and assistance I can.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent the P&C's of the Canning South district and welcome invitations to attend your meetings and learn more about your P&C and the issues affecting you.

Scott Mosey can be contacted via email: canningeast@wacsso.wa.edu.au.

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Canning North

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Jen Clune

Jen Clune

Canning West

My name is Jen Clune, I am the WACSSO State Councillor for Canning West and a member of Southern River College P&C Association.

I am married to Brett, my very supportive husband, and I have two girls: Katie who is 13 and Kristy who is 12, both attending high school and are aptly involved in the Music and Netball focus programs there.

I was born in England and my parents decided to immigrate to Australia when I was 4 years old (and my brother just 11 months old) to make Australia our home. I was educated at Thornlie Primary School for my primary years and then attended Thornlie Senior High School. Both schools are part of the Canning West electorate; a coming home feeling for me as the new WACSSO State Councillor.

In 2009, I joined my very first P&C at Huntingdale Primary School because I wanted to be involved in my child’s education and schooling. I also wanted to give back as a parent. At the school my girls attended, we were so fortunate they were educated and cared for by an amazing group of people, I wanted to do my part too. On the evening of my very first meeting, I became Vice President and, only one month later, President. For the last 8 years, I have had the pleasure of being President of the Huntingdale Primary School P&C Association. Last year, as my daughters transitioned to high school, I left the Huntingdale team and joined Southern River College’s P&C as a 

member of the Executive Committee. I am also involved with the Music Committee at SRC and Fundraising Coordinator of Huntingdale Netball Club and have spent many hours by the netball court as a team manager, timer and cheer squad.

Giving back to my community is important to me; setting a good example for not only my children but their friends and family also. The amazing volunteers I have met along the way inspire me every day. Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

Having witnessed firsthand how much of a difference parental engagement and P&C’s can make towards enhancing education is why I am now a State Councillor.

As a WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the opinions of affiliates within the Canning West Electorate.  For me to do this I will be in regular contact to ask your opinions on issues that are being dealt with by the WACSSO State Council. I am here also as the local contact person of WACSSO, so please do not hesitate in contacting me with any questions you have.

I can be contacted on 0430 596 077 or email canningwest@wacsso.wa.edu.au.

A list of schools within this electorate can be found here.

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Pania Turner

Pania Turner

Esperance

My name is Pania Turner and I am a member of Norseman District High School Parents and Citizens’ Association.

A little bit of background information from me. My family is a large one with 7 children all having been or currently being educated in the public school system. As a parent I have had experience with large primary schools, small primary schools, district high schools and larger senior high schools, TAFE, SIDE and have had to consider the options of boarding and residential colleges. Each school system has presented itself with unique challenges and there have been challenges that are common across all schools. I work at the local district high school as a school officer and can say with confidence I have a lot to do with schools!

Parents and Carers are an essential element in a child’s education, the P&C can be a powerful forum where parents can have a voice, effect change and provide community input and resources to a school. Schools should be places where community and education are not separate entities but a cohesive movement for the growth and development for our children.

As the WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the opinions of affiliates within the electorate. As such, I will be in regular contact to ask your opinion on issues that are being dealt with by the State Council of WACSSO. I am also the local 

contact person for WACSSO, therefore if you have any questions about WACSSO or its activities then please feel free to contact me.

If invited or where possible, I would be more than happy to attend a meeting of your P&C Association to introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO.

I look forward to meeting you and your committee soon.

I can be contacted on 0400721060 or by email at esperance@wacsso.wa.edu.au.

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Fremantle

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Esmond Delaney

Esmond 'Esso' Delaney

Goldfields

Hi my name is Esmond Delaney, but I prefer to be called "Esso". I have been the Goldfields District Councillor since early 2012 after moving from the Albany district. I was the WACSSO Albany councillor for many years and now look forward to continuing to represent the Goldfields electorate.

I am a retired police officer and moved to the Goldfields District with my wife and our children and am currently a P&C member of the Hannan's Primary School and Eastern Goldfields Senior High School.

My WACSSO involvement came about after I attended a WACSSO P&C training session. I really enjoy assisting P&Cs to know as much as they can, so they are able to provide benefits to students in public education.

If you have never been to a WACSSO Annual Conference before, there is no time like this year to get there. Feel free to contact myself or our office for more information.

As a WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the opinions of affiliates within the electorate. As such, I will be in regular contact to ask your opinion on issues that are being dealt with by the State Council of WACSSO.

If you have any questions about WACSSO or its activities, then please feel free to contact me.

If invited, I would be more than happy to attend a meeting of your P&C Association to introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO.

I look forward to meeting you and your committee soon.

goldfields@wacsso.wa.edu.au

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Great Southern

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Marianne Thoroughgood

Marianne Thoroughgood

Joondalup East

My name is Marianne, I am a member of Tapping Primary School Parents & Citizens Association.

Joining the P&C is the best commitment I have made to my child’s school, endorsing how much I value his education and how interested I am in what happens at the school. I have met new people and become part of a great school community.

I have been Secretary for the last three years and a member of the School Board for 18 months.

I enjoy being part of the P&C team and helping the parents and teachers obtain important resources and infrastructure for the school. I have been intrigued by WACSSO since the start of my involvement with the school community and have attended some of the training sessions offered. Once I discovered the immense help and support WACSSO offer to our P&C, I was disappointed to discover there was no State Council representative for our area.

My aim is to strengthen relations between P&Cs and WACSSO in the Joondalup East electorate and introduce you to the resources and information available. I look forward to assisting you with any questions or issues that may arise within your P&C. If I cannot answer your questions I will endeavour to research the correct answer and support you and your P&C in any way I can.

As a WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the opinions of affiliates within the electorate.  I will be in regular contact to ask your opinion or to help with any questions that you may have on issues that are being dealt with by the State Council of WACSSO.

If I am invited, I will welcome the opportunity to attend your P&C meeting to introduce myself, explain my role, the role of WACSSO and to meet the members of your Association.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on either my mobile: 0405 741505 or via email: joondalupeast@wacsso.wa.edu.au

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Joondalup West

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Tony Osborne

Tony Osborne

Midlands Central

My name is Tony Osborne and I am lucky enough to be the State Councillor for Midlands Central. I am the P&C President of Northam Senior High school and on the School Council also. I have been working in regional WA for nearly 10 years and have been involved in many regional schools.

As a regional councillor, I am passionate about equality for all students, regional or metro. I believe school size should not be a factor in determining the success of a school.

Whilst I am relatively new to WACSSO, I have been involved in P & Cs for the last 12 years, starting with my time at Belmont Primary.

My aim as the Midlands Central Councillor is to support and assist in developing effective working relationships between all the affiliated schools in my district.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent the P&Cs of the Midlands Central district and welcome any invitations to attend your meetings. I am eager to learn more about your P&C and the issues affecting you.

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Tanya Gibson

Tanya Gibson

Midlands East

My name is Tanya Gibson, State Councillor for Midlands East.

I am: Wife, Parent of 8 Beautiful Children, Farmer of 12 years, Volunteer of 23 years, Qualified Mechanic of 25 years, Sandalwood Harvester of 6 years, Contract Business Owner of 12 years, School Bus Driver of 1year, P&C Secretary of 4years, Gun Club President 2years, Gun Club Secretary 2years, Silver Chain Committee, 2 years, P&C Catering Officer of 2 years, School Gardener for 1 year.

Being elected as State Councillor gives our affiliates a voice within WACSSO, thus furthering the communication of positive feedback into the school community. My positive attitude towards our affiliates will help them to achieve better outcomes for the future of P&C communities and a brighter educational future for their children. With numerous years as a volunteer, I would like to give back to WACSSO the support they have given me and our communities in the past.

Getting to know your local P&C helps you to understand and gives a sense of belonging to the wider family that support you all regardless of any geographical location, gender or cultural differences we are challenged with. I would like to attend meetings and learn more about your P&C to gauge community spirit.

I can be contacted at midlandseast@wacsso.wa.edu.au

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Midlands North

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Leanne Ruston

Leanne Ruston

North West

My name is Leanne Ruston and I am the current Chair of Hedland Senior High School P&C and General member of Port Hedland Primary School. I have one boy in High School and one boy in Primary School.

I am passionate about parents, schools and the wider community working together as a team to produce better outcomes for our children within the Public School System.

My interest is within access and inclusion for children with special needs. As an advocate for my two children, I believe that there is better educational outcomes if everyone works as one. I was educated at Armadale Senior High School. My father was the founding Principal for Neerigen Brook Primary, with my cousins working at Regional and Perth based schools.

My work background is in Retail and the Public sector. I was previously a member of the State Emergency Service for 16 years, receiving the National medal for service to the community.

I have been a member of Kelmscott Primary School P&C, assisting in the Canteen and any events/fundraisers that were being held. My favorite memory of that time was a 5c drive with the culmination being a water day for the children. Suffice to say I got very wet assisting in the Kindy. It was extremely rewarding to see all the happy faces of the children.

As the WACSSO State Councilor, it is my role to represent the opinions of the affiliates within the North West electorate. I will be in regular contact to ask your opinion on matters being dealt with by WACSSO State Council. As the contact point for WACSSO, please feel free to contact myself with any questions about WACSSO or activities that are being held.

If invited, I would be happy to attend a meeting of your P&C Association, either in person, via skype or teleconference. Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss any issues or positive feedback that you would like passed onto WACSSO State Council.

My contact details are, 0407 477 283 or northwest@wacsso.wa.edu.au

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Kylie Shailer

Kylie Shailer

Peel North

My name is Kylie Shailer and I am a member of Charthouse Primary School P&C Association. I have two children, one at Charthouse Primary and the other at Perth Modern School.

Before my children started school, I had no personal background in public education, however, my own personal ethic is community driven, so to me, joining the P&C was what I had to do.  I work full time and quite often I am asked, “How do you find the time?” and quite simply, my children’s education is a priority to me.

From 2011 to 2016 I held Office Bearer positions at Charthouse Primary School P&C, pretty much learning my way up from member, Secretary, Vice President and ultimately President. I’ve had a long work history in governance and community events planning which has significantly led to benefits in fundraising, parent engagement and P&C business.

As the WACSSO State Councillor for Peel North, your children’s education is now on my priority list. It is my role to represent the opinions of affiliates within the electorate. As such, I will be in regular contact to ask what concerns or issues you have, and your opinion on matters that being dealt with by the State Council of WACSSO. I am also the local contact person for WACSSO, therefore if you have any questions about WACSSO or its activities then please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to meeting you and your committee soon.

I can be contacted on 0432 439 644 (outside business hours preferred) or at peelnorth@wacsso.wa.edu.au.

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Peel South

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Anne Fairbanks

Anne Fairbanks 

Vice President - Perth South

My name is Anne Fairbanks. I have two sons attending primary school, and I am a self-employed accountant working in small to medium business.

I have been involved in the P&C at Mosman Park Primary School for many years, and have held the position of Treasurer since 2012. I have enjoyed being able to contribute to our school and community, as well as developing some great friendships along the way.

Seeing the work done by WACSSO and an amazing group of State Councillors, I was motivated to nominate for a State Councillor position.

Now as a WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the views of affiliates within my electorate and to assist my district in any P&C related matters. If you have any concerns or questions in relation to the important work of your P&C, or any issues in public education more generally, I would be pleased to discuss these with you.

I look forward to making contact with P&C’s in the Perth South district. If you would like me to attend a meeting of your P&C Association to introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to meeting you and your committee soon.

I can be contacted by email:
perthsouth@wacsso.wa.edu.au

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South West

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Swan East

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Carolyn Galbraith

Carolyn Galbraith

Swan West

Carolyn is one of our new State Councillors and is working on her bio.

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Warren-Blackwood

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Wheatbelt South

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