Samantha commenced as Executive Director in November 2014.
Samantha has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities since the early 1990’s, and throughout her professional life as a Social Worker. Through this time she has worked and advocated in the areas of employment, housing and support, service co-ordination, individualised funding and person centred planning. Samantha has worked for community organisations, service providers and state government in a variety of roles from case management to CEO.
Highlights of Samantha’s work have been her time with Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, her involvement in development of direct payments as a funding option for people with disabilities in Victoria, writing a monograph on trends in disability services for the Disability Services Commission in WA for their State plan ‘Count Me In’, developing a forum and DVD on self directed services in the community sector in WA and speaking on community inclusion to people with disabilities and service providers in the disability sector.
Throughout her career, Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and Boards of governance, including being a past chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia. Currently she is also a Local Government Councillor in the City of Stirling.
Faye is the newest member of the PWdWA team she began work in February 2015. Faye has a BSC hons and an MBA. Since Faye has begun work with PWdWA she has worked on a number of projects such as the NDIS My Way Experiences, Abuse and Neglect Task Force and writes consultation submissions. Faye has a lived experience of disability and has a passion for moving the sector forward.
Lisa Hook began work in the disability sector in London twenty years ago working across various projects for people with intellectual disabilities. Upon returning home to Perth she completed a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Edith Cowan University. While studying Lisa continued supporting people with disabilities in a number of roles. This included working in “home support” and in group and cluster housing. Lisa then went on to become a therapy assistant in a rehabilitation service for people with acquired brain injuries. Lisa joined PWdWA in November 2006.