Our State Council

The Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Inc. (WACSSO) State Council is made up of a 20 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 

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, both of whom have now finished school and are now studying 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. For many years I worked in adult education with newly arrived refugees. Now I am a Quality, Teaching and Learning Consultant at TAFE.

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 was a member of the P&C’s executive committee for a number of years.

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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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, my son Riley and daughter Georgia attend.

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. And of course, I see my role as a WACSSO State Councillor as an even bigger opportunity to continue that work.

I have consistently 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 an 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 East Councillor is to facilitate strong and effective working relationships between all of the affiliated schools in our electorate. I want to help us share the incredible amount of knowledge and experience held within the various P&C's of Canning East and provide any support and assistance I can.

I commit to always demonstrating enthusiasm, passion and hard work. If I don't know the answer to a question that 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 am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent the P&C's of the Canning East electorate and welcome invitations to attend your meetings and learn more about your P&C and the issues affecting you.

 

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Jaxson Gazeley

Canning North

My name is Jaxson Gazeley, and I am delighted to be your State Councillor for Canning North. I am a member of the South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre (SEMLDC) Parents and Citizens’ Association. I have one child at SEMLDC.

I am a strong believer that public schooling should be available and equitable for all children. I also attended two different Language Development Centres (LDC’s) for two years. I completed year eleven at Canning Vale College and then completed a Pre-Apprenticeship the following year. I have heard from other parents whose children are not receiving the correct help they need.

I am new to P&C’s and the public-school sector as a parent. As mentioned, I am a current member of the South East Metropolitan LDC P&C. I also am in my third year as a member of the School board at SEMLDC. As a new parent, I have already seen the positive impact on helping provide extra resources that benefit children in schools, and I'm honoured to become a State Councillor.

My goal as a State Councillor is to bring greater awareness for children with any disabilities and establish better communication between WACSSO and the area of the Canning North electorate.

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

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

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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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Sherry Fletcher

Fremantle

My name is Sherry Fletcher and I am a member of White Gum Valley Primary School Parents and Citizens’ Association.  I have two children in Pre-primary and year 3.

I am a counsellor by profession and currently a stay-at-home parent as well as a part time student.  I am passionate about our students’ wellbeing and their learning experience.  I believe strongly in the power of communities to work together to achieve great things and make a difference.  P&Cs play a vital role in our children’s schools and after attending WACSSO conferences in 2019 and 2021 I was inspired to nominate for State Councillor.  The Fremantle electorate has been unrepresented for a number of years and I look forward to being able to fill the role. 

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, 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 can be contacted on 0424 843 839 or by email at fremantle@wacsso.wa.edu.au.

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Katherine Loader

Goldfields-Esperance

My name is Katherine Loader and I am a member of the Esperance Primary School Parents and Citizens’ Association. I have two children at this school, one at Esperance Senior High School where I am a current board member.

I am a recently qualified primary school teacher with a focus on Early Childhood primarily. I am currently working as South Regional Tafe as a lecturer in Children’s Services/ Education Support. I am an advocate for quality education in schools and feel that my current work role and past experience can support me in supporting the organisation

From 2017-2019 I was the secretary on the Southern Cross District High School P&C as well as on the committee for Early Childhood Australia and a local childcare centre in Esperance.

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

Great Southern

My name is Julie Brooks. I'm a mother to four amazing children aged 12 – 19 years old, wife to an incredibly supportive husband and juggler of an abundance of volunteer roles. 

I am a trained childcare worker, although I have not worked in this field for many years. I am passionate about building strong communities & dedicated to ensuring all areas of public education is inclusive and accessible to everyone. I assure you that what I lack in knowledge/skills, I more than make up for in enthusiasm & tenacity. 

I have been volunteering within P&Cs since 2007. Mcurrent P&C position is President at Albany Senior HigSchool P&C. I have been fortunate enough to hold various roles during this time, each with their own challenges and rewards. One of my favourites was being a fundraising coordinator where I got to facilitate many events, including a centenary.  

I am passionate about connectedness within communities and spend much of my time volunteering with local & state groups currently including Girl Guides WAAlbany Scout committee & Autism Support Network Albany.  

I am grateful to have the opportunity as WACSSO State Councillor to share the collective voices of the members of our Greater southern electorate (the affiliates) on matters relating to public education & issues being dealt with by State Council of WACSSOFeel free to invite me to your meetingor ask about WACSSOs role, I will endeavour to support you in the best of my capacity.

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Rob Fairholme

Joondalup East

My name is Rob Fairholme, I am the WACSSO State Councillor for Joondalup East.

I am currently President of Duncraig SHS P&C, where my daughter attends. I have served on that P&C for 5 years and this year I stood for my 4th year as President. I have re-joined the Woodvale PS P&C, as per WACSSO stipulations for eligibility to become a State Councillor. I served on that P&C for 5 years acting as VP for a couple of years and as Grounds Committee Coordinator.

I have also served (in many cases continue to) in various capacities on a few local community sporting committees where I have either coached my daughter or played myself. These have included – Wanneroo-Joondalup Teeball Club, Woodvale Football Club and Carine Cats Ball Club. I have also been a member of the Teeball Assoc. of WA committee.

I was born in Zambia in Africa, my mum and I moved to Mt Isa in Queensland in 1981. We moved to WA in 1986, where I was educated at Christ Church Grammar School, I also attended ECU completing most (but not all) of my Bachelor of Education. I have been married for 24 years, have 1 daughter and have lived in Woodvale for 13 years.

I currently work fulltime as a Maintenance Technician.

With my experience living locally and having served within this community, I am well placed to serve the affiliates in the Joondalup East electorate as their State Councillor. I immensely enjoy attending WACSSO State Conference annually and feel that I have a lot to give towards that community.

I have joined a number of P&Cs in my electorate and enjoy the interaction going to those meetings provides me.

I have several specific P&C engagement and involvement goals as councillor some of which I am in the process of fomenting. I look forward to discussing these goals while attending as many P&C meetings within the electorate as is humanly possible.

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Tony Osborne

Joondalup West

My name is Tony Osborne, I am lucky enough to be the State Councillor for Joondalup West. I'm currently on the executive of the Ocean Reef Senior High School, Clarkson primary school and Alkimos primary school and a member of multiple other Parents and Citizens’ Associations within my electorate.

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 and schools for the past 18 years, starting with my time at Belmont Primary school in 2003. I moved back to Perth in 2018 after 11 years in Regional WA and understood 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 also have a passion for having well run P&C canteens, which are trading effectively and supplying healthy food and drinks, and as a result, I’m also on the executive of the Western Australia School Canteen Association.

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

My name is Paula Steenson and am a member of Waggrakine Primary School and Geraldton Senior High School Parents and Citizens’ Associations.

 With 3 children, the eldest in Year 11, second child in year 5 and my youngest heading into Kindy in 2020, I am kept busy with running around after them as well as my P&C commitments, membership of 2 school boards as well as numerous sporting committees throughout Geraldton.

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.

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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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Dannielle Crawford

Peel North

My name is Dannielle Crawford and I am a member of Charthouse Primary School Parents and Citizens’ Association and a Mum of three. 

I am a passionate supporter for public education and a teacher in my region.  I have a passion for mathematics and love to show children that mathematics is fun.  I was educated in the British public education system up to year eleven, when I immigrated to Australia and continued my education in South Australia.  When we relocated to Western Australia, I joined the local Playgroup to make new friends.   

A small step towards friendship in joining Little Smarties Playgroup turned into four years of running the playgroup and a love of seeing the joy on children's faces when they accomplish something new.  When my youngest daughter moved to primary school, I decided to join the Parents and Citizens Association.  I ran the uniform shop at the school for four years before becoming an executive member and the President.  More recently I have joined the board of the school to see things from a different perspective. 

As WACSSO State Councilor, it is my job to represent the affiliates of the Peel North electorate.  As such, I will be in contact regularly to ask for your input on the current issues being discussed within WACSSO.  I will also be your local contact person for WACSSO and therefore, will be available if you have any questions. 

I am available upon invitation to attend a P&C meeting introduce myself and explain the role of WACSSO.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to attend a meeting or if I can help in any other matters

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Vivienne Cantem

Peel South

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


My volunteer journey began in 1998 when my eldest daughter began primary school in the Catholic Education system, I joined the Parents & Friends Association. My active roles were Secretary for 7years and Fundraising convener for 2years. I also gained my Canteen Managers qualification through WASCA and was employed by the school in 2003. I have always been pro­active in supporting my children's schools, volunteering wherever possible and building positive relationships with staff and other parents.


My volunteer work also extends 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. I have also worked in the kiosk at Peel Health campus.


My introduction to WACSSO began in 2014 when I attended my first P&C meeting at Riverside Primary Schools P&C Committee AGM and nominated for the President's role. Being 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 committees and 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. And being the first P&C Committee to implement an Induction after our AGM for new members.


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. To help you achieve your goals as a P&C Committee and strengthen your relationship with WACSSO. It is the motivation behind my nomination.


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 

Vice President - Perth South

My name is Anne Fairbanks. I have two sons attending secondary school, and I am an accountant working in the not-for-profit sector.

It is a privilege to represent P&Cs in the Perth South electorate as your WACSSO State Councillor. I believe every child in WA has the right to a high-quality education, and that the collective voice of parents is vital in working towards that goal.

I have been involved in P&Cs for many years, since my eldest son was in kindy. I have held the role of member, Executive Committee member and Treasurer. I have enjoyed being able to contribute to our school and community, as well as developing some great friendships along the way.

As a WACSSO State Councillor, it is my role to represent the views of affiliates within my electorate. I also have a strong interest in strengthening governance and financial practices in P&Cs. I’m available if you have any questions about being a member or office bearer of your P&C. 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 keeping in touch and hearing about the positive difference your P&C continues to make to public education in your school community.

 

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Esmond Delaney

South West

My name is Esmond “Esso” Delaney and I am your new State Councillor for the South West.

For those that don’t know me, I am a retired police officer, now living in Australind since April 2021. I live here with my wife Lisa, and son who attends the local government high school. My older children live in Perth. My eldest son is completing his second year of study at UWA.  My three older daughters are currently living and working in the Perth Metro area.

I have served as a State Councillor for Albany, Goldfields- Esperance and now the South West having joined the WACSSO State Council some 13 years ago.

I am a current member of the Eaton Community College P & C, and it will be my hope to visit your P & C at some stage. Being retired allows me the opportunity to assist wherever I may be of some help to your association. 

If I can be of any assistance to you or your association or if you are seeking any help or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for all that you have achieved for the year and I hope to see you in the near future.

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Swan East

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Swan West

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Warren-Blackwood

Vacant

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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, Shire Councillor two years, advocate for Re-Gen Agriculture three 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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Kate Hayes-Thompson

Wheatbelt South

My name is Kate Hayes-Thompson and I am a member of Bruce Rock Parents and Citizens Association. I have two children at Bruce Rock DHS and one child boarding at Merredin College.

Growing up in regional WA, I then went to the big smoke to qualify as a primary teacher. Teaching brought me to Bruce Rock, where I met and have now settled with my husband and our children on the family farm. Public education as an essential tool and pathway for our children to thrive and succeed on their chosen life path. I am passionate about strong regional communities and the belief that it takes a village to raise a child. Strong, successful schools within our regional areas develop confident children, engaged teenagers and confident adults.

I have been involved with the Bruce Rock P&C since 2013. During this time I have been on the committee and undertaken many roles including secretary, treasurer and school council representative. During these years, I have also served on the Bruce Rock School Board, helping to guide the school through the Independent Public School process whilst chairperson.

As a WACSSO State Councilor, I look forward to working with the affiliates in Wheatbelt South Region. I hope to communicate with you effectively and efficiently, to ask for your thoughts on issues and to convey your opinions to State Council. I hope to work with you to engage your community and share your successes.

If invited, I would be happy to come and visit your P&C Association to introduce myself and get to know your achievements, goals and challenges. If you would like to know more about my role and how I can be of assistance to you, please drop me a line.

I can be contacted on 0458 830 000 or by email at wheatbeltsouth@wacsso.wa.edu.au

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