Cherie Wallace - President
I moved to the Goldfields in 1997, from Hamilton in Victoria, with my husband and our two sons; at the time Alex was about to turn three and Matt was just 10 months old. I was battling post-natal depression and anxiety; and had just left all of my family and friends in Victoria.
We spent the first eight years living in Kambalda which was the very best thing for our family at the time. The community embraced our family and I got involved in community groups and events pretty much straight away, despite the depression and anxiety. I found that the women in particular made sure that I was making new friends and getting involved in whatever was going on. Nineteen years later I still say that I got well in Kambalda.
While we were there, our son Tom came along in 2001. I again battled depression but the strong bonds of friendship and community helped me to get through my days and to function. In 2004 we moved into Kalgoorlie and I quickly became involved in my new community.
Over the years I have been involved in Day Cares, Play Groups, Schools, Service Organisations, Youth Groups, Public Speaking Groups, Professional Networking Groups, Sporting Groups and many more. I’ve been a member of the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre for two years and I’m so impressed with the services that this organisation offers to the community. But, I’m even more impressed with the compassion and love that the staff of GWHCC show their customers every day.
After 11 years working as a town planner with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, I’m now working as the Goldfields-Esperance Region Road Safety Advisor and am lucky enough to have my office within the Centre so I get to see how this service works every day and I’m both proud and honoured to be a Board Member.
My experiences are varied, however, in the 19 years that I’ve been in the Goldfields my passion has been community development and empowering people to be the best version of themselves. The greater Goldfields has proven to be a strong, supportive community and help is always available to anyone who has the courage to seek it out. I’m looking forward to contributing whatever I can to the ongoing success of the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre.
Samantha Duddy - Treasurer
I grew up in Kalgoorlie and moved back in November 2011. Shortly thereafter, I became a member of the GWHCC. I think that the Centre has an important role to play in reducing the services gap that can exist in regional healthcare. I strongly believe that community organisations play a big part in making the Goldfields such a great place to live and I would like to contribute when I can.
Personally, I have a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Taxation and I have 20 years of proffessional experience. My family owns an accounting business in town and I am Lecturing at the Goldfields Institute of Technology in Accounting and Bookkeeping. I am currently the Treasurer for the Kalg-Bld Volunteer Centre and the Rotary Club of Hannans-Kalg. I am also on the board of the Friends of the Arts Centre.
Pamela Martin - Secretary
I moved to Kalgoorlie in 1982 for 6 months and very soon after, I met Eddy and the rest they say is history! I did leave to do my midwifery training then came back to get married and set up home.
After working at Kalgoorlie Hospital predominantly in Midwifery, I went to Community Nursing. I was Community Nurse Manager for 14 years and thoroughly enjoyed working with a dynamic team. Now semi-retired, and having a strong background in management, health and an interest in women’s health, it seemed a natural progression that I volunteer to be a Committee Member of Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre.
I would like to see increased equity of access to women’s health care by the more isolated groups of women in our community, and a raised awareness for young women to learn more about their own health needs and where to access appropriate help when required. GWHCC is an ideal platform to attain these goals.
Jo Normington - Committee
Hi my name is Jo Normington, I am 50 years old and have lived in Kalgoorlie for 48 of those years. I am married with two adult children and have recently been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter.
I have worked in child care for the past 30 years until 2 years ago when I made the change to the Education Department as an Education Assistant for special needs children.
I am looking forward to working with the Women's Health Centre and the committee to continue to provide the valuable services to goldfields families.