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.

Find your school's State Councillor

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Pania Turner

President

My name is Pania Turner and I am honoured to hold the role of the 28th President of the Western Australian Council for State School Organisations Inc (WACSSO), elected in September 2019.

I started with WACSSO in 2013 as the State Councillor for Esperance, however my connection to public education came long before that as parent of children being schooled in public education.

Being a parent of 7 children I have experience across a diversity of education options: primary, high school, district high school, SIDE, boarding at residential college and university. Each schooling experience has had its own rewards and specific challenges.

Although my home base is the Goldfields- Esperance Region as President I am proud to represent P&Cs across Western Australia. Our P&Cs support schools both large and small, metro based and out across the regions with each P&C striving to do their best for their school communities. It is my experience that although parents and families are diverse, we share the same desire for our children to be educated in schools and a public education system that will give children and young people every opportunity to achieve their potential.

Parents and carers are vital partners in education. Positive engagement with our schools enhances outcomes for our children. The P&C can provide an excellent platform where parents and community members may have a united voice on key topics, effect change, provide resources, and offer constructive feedback and solutions.

As WACSSO President I take the responsibility seriously to represent the voice of our affiliates. I seek to facilitate effective connections and networks and ensure that WACSSO provides good support to P&Cs helping them to engage well with their school communities.

If you would like to discuss any matters to do with WACSSO, parent organisations or education in Western Australia you can contact me by email 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.  My younger daughter is studying at Carine Senior High School and my elder daughter is studying Psychology at university

I am a 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 with newly arrived refugees.

From 2008 -2014, I 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 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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Kylie Catto

Immediate Past President

My name is Kylie Catto and I am the Immediate Past President of the Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Inc. (WACSSO). I was elected as the 27th WACSSO President in September 2011, a position I held for eight years (four terms), making me the equal longest serving President of the organisation. I will continue as Immediate Past President until September 2020 as part of the transition process, to support the incoming executive.

After eight years at the helm, and eighteen and a half years on State Council I made the decision not to renominate. I did not step down because I have lost the passion, I decided it was the right time to pursue new opportunities.

I have been involved with P&Cs since 1997 when my eldest daughter started school. I have two daughters who both completed all of their education at government schools. Wanting to support the girls in their education was the prime motivation for me to get involved with school organisations.  Over the years I have held a variety of committee positions on both P&Cs and School Councils and Boards. I credit my enthusiasm for volunteer involvement to my parents who were always active members of our local community.

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. Whilst all of my work has been in a voluntary capacity it has often provided me with some of the most challenging, rewarding and enriching opportunities. I am grateful to have met and worked with so many wonderful professional people who collectively contribute to advancing public education, and engaging parents and families, in Western Australia.

As WACSSO President I prided myself on providing a strong voice on behalf of parent organisations in Western Australia, building on the excellent work done at local levels by our affiliates. It was a massive privilege to lead the organisation for so long and I am proud of what I was able to achieve in my time with WACSSO, both at the state and federal level. Some key achievements during my eight years include:

An external consultant was engaged to conduct a full review of the organisation to ensure we were operating at an optimal level and that our service provision remained efficient, current and effective. The review resulted in a realignment of our state council boundaries, a staged process which was implemented over a four year period and has delivered new efficiencies.

We engaged the services of a creative agency to revisit and refresh the WACSSO Brand. This was a rigorous and respectful process where we worked to modernise the face of the organisation while still representing our rich history. The end result has been incredibly well received and Council collectively works hard to promote our brand values.

Launch of the annual P&C Day WA celebrations to acknowledge the work of Parents and Citizens’ Associations in Western Australia. The inaugural event was held in July 2019, it was a huge success which had the support of Government and the wider education community.

Review of the 2001 P&C Constitution to align with the revised Associations Incorporation Act 2015. This was a complex and arduous process which was spanned almost ten years. The end result is a professional document which will serve WACSSO affiliates for many years to come.

Although my formal commitments to WACSSO are coming to an end I will always remain a friend of the organisation and a strong supporter of Public Education in Western Australia. 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.

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Scott Mosey

Scott Mosey

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 two 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 have 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.

While 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.

 

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Canning North

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If you are interested in representing this electorate, please contact the WACSSO Office 9264 4000 and speak to one of our staff.

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Canning West

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If you are interested in representing this electorate, please contact the WACSSO Office 9264 4000 and speak to one of our staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fremantle

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Esmond Delaney

Esmond 'Esso' Delaney

Vice President - 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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Joondalup East

If you are interested in representing this electorate, please contact the WACSSO Office 9264 4000 and speak to one of our staff.

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Tony Osborne

Tony Osborne

Joondalup West

My name is Tony Osborne and I am lucky enough to be the State Councillor for Joondalup West. I'm currently the Vice President of the Ocean Reef Senior High School and a member of the Mullaloo Heights Primary School Parents and Citizens’ Association

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

I have been involved in P&Cs for the past 12 years, starting with my time at Belmont Primary. I have recently moved back to Perth after 11 years in Regional WA and understand the challenges and pressures in our schools.

My aim as the Joondalup West Councillor is to support and assist in developing effective working relationships between all of the affiliated schools in my electorate.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent the P&Cs of the Joondalup West electorate 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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Paula Steenson

Midwest

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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 a general member of Port Hedland Primary School P&C. 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 are 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 culminating in 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.

 

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Peel North

If you are interested in representing this electorate, please contact the WACSSO Office 9264 4000 and speak to one of our staff.

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Vivienne Cantem

Peel South

My name is Vivienne Cantem, and I am the WACSSO State Councillor for Peel South and a member of Riverside Primary Schools P&C Association. I have two sons, who both attend Halls Head College Education Support Centre. I am also a parent representative on the School Board.

My volunteer journey began in 1998 when my eldest daughter began primary school in the Catholic education system, where I joined the Parents & Friends Association. My active roles were secretary for seven years and fundraising convener for two. I also gained my Canteen Managers qualification through WASCA and was employed by the school in 2003. I have always been pro-active in supporting my children’s schools, volunteering wherever possible and building positive relationships with staff and other parents.

My volunteer work also extends to outside the school sector as I enjoy giving my time to our community. I’ve worked in hospitality on the Hotham Valley Restaurant Train in Dwellingup from 2011 till 2016. Presently I work in the kiosk at Peel Health Campus regularly, and I am currently nominating for the Kiosk Managers position. I also enjoy my time with fundraising at Riverside Primary School.

My introduction to WACSSO began four years ago when I attended my first P&C meeting at Riverside and nominated for the President’s role. I was  the first Education Support Centre parent to be involved in the P&C as well as holding an office bearer position. I was completely surprised by how much support and guidance WACSSO provide to so many P&C Associations and was confused why ours had not thought to accept any. I made it our goal to build a committed and solid relationship between our committee and WACSSO and it's something I’m very proud of today, training our new members every year through hosting sessions after our AGM.

My aim as State Councillor is to share all the experience and knowledge that I have gained over the years with all my affiliates in my electorate. I want to help you achieve your goals as a P&C Association and strengthen your relationship with WACSSO. 

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

If I am invited, I would be happy to attend one of your P&C meetings to introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO or answer any questions you may have regarding any P&C matters.

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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.

 

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South West

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Swan East

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Melissa Gillespie

Swan West

My name is Melissa Gillespie and I have the privilege to serve as the State Councillor for the Swan West electorate.  I have one daughter who attends Ballajura Primary School.  I have been a member of the Ballajura Primary School P & C since 2015, serving as a member of the Executive Committee since 2016.  I have loved my time working with the P&C and the local community.

Growing up, my parents were heavily involved with the Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) at my school – at one time or another, both my parents were presidents of our school’s PTA and from there became involved at the state level for many years, so you could safely say that I caught the volunteer bug early in life! 

I am a passionate advocate for public schooling and believe that there is nothing more important than for parents, teachers and other staff at the schools, and members of the wider community to work together to provide for the future of our children.  One key way to achieve this is to strive for improvements within the public education system, and the collaborative partnership between WACSSO and the Education Department is a necessary part of making those improvements happen. 

As a WACSSO State Councillor, my role is to represent the opinions and share the concerns of the affiliates within my electorate.  I am your local voice at the state level and will be in regular contact to ask your opinion on matters being dealt with by WACSSO State Council.   

If invited, I would be more than happy to attend one of your P&C meetings to introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO, or answer any questions you may have regarding matters related to the P&C.

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Warren-Blackwood

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Tanya Gibson

Tanya Gibson

Wheatbelt North

My name is Tanya Gibson, State Councillor for Wheatbelt North.

I am: wife, parent of eight beautiful children, farmer of 12 years, volunteer of 23 years, qualified mechanic of 25 years, sandalwood harvester of six years, contract business owner of 12 years, school bus driver of  one year, P&C Secretary of four years, Gun Club president two years, Gun Club secretary  two years, Silver Chain Committee two years, P&C Catering Officer of two years, school gardener for one 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.

 

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Wheatbelt South

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