About Us...

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Break Thru WA History and Values

Over the past decade the BreakThru WA has delivered programs in partnership with Government and community; including Indigenous employment, school-based mentoring, transitions to higher education, and policy improvement initiatives.

 

We currently deliver a Federally funded project for Empowering Youth Initiatives and a school attendance program for Prime Minister & Cabinet funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

 

We love what we do, and we exist to serve our local and regional community

Our Purpose

To be Agents of Change in the Areas of Social Innovation and Enterprise

Our Team
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ANNE SPARROW

Business Developer

BreakThru WA's Business Developer, Anne Sparrow has over 15 years of project development and management recognised in 2009 with the State Award for Excellence in Coastal Management.  She has a passion for innovation and adapts with change to improve project delivery within the community.  Anne has delivered a wide range of projects including conservation, youth development, agricultural, walk trails & waste management.  Anne has both initiated and re-focused events in the Great Southern to meet changing community priorities and expectations leading to increased self-employment.  Engaged by BreakThru WA during 2020, she looks forward to developing employment and training initiatives through innovation. 

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CARLY WATTS

Communications & Engagement Manager

Carly has lived in Albany for over 30 years, and in that time has experienced a multitude of roles in almost every industry.  She has a 17 year old daughter and a 6 year old son and brings with her a very broad range of experience in everything from Insurance to Digital Marketing and Communications.  

Carly is very eager to get the iHub full of life and has a never ending wish list to see it thrive!.

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SUZANNE THOMAS

Wheels for Work Co-ordinator

Suzanne joins the Wheels for Work program with some handy tools under her belt.  With 20 years at the Department of Transport, some of which spent in the role of an Assessor, so she comes with a truck load of knowledge on how to get your driver's licence.  As an assessor she's had clients range in age from 17, through to 85+.

Suzanne has also been a Customer Service Officer and Personal Assistant to Shire CEO’s in Gnowangerup and Kojonup.   Is a mother of two girls, one of which has just passed her driving test, so is experienced with assisting new learners. 

Suzanne moved to Albany in 2005, after 4 years in Perth, is a country girl at heart and loves Albany and all it has to offer the community.

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The Great Southern Employment Development Committee is one of the Great southern's longest standing Not-for-Profit organisations, first formed in 1987. Its longevity within the region is testament to the dedicated staff and members who've ensured the GSEDC remains relevant in the innovative and evolving Not-for-Profit sector for almost three decades.

 

We believe our longevity and flexibility differentiates us from other organisations.

THE BOARD

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SIMON LYAS

Chairperson

Simon joined the GSEDC in April 2009, and became Treasurer in 2011.  He was then elected as Chairperson in 2017.  Simon brings over 25 years' experience in corporate, community and government organisations where his skills and experience in business management, product development, community consultations and marketing have served him well.  His experience includes working with several State and Commonwealth agencies including the NSW Dept of Environment and Conservation, as well as various roles in the Commonwealth Dep of Human Services in Canberra and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in North Queensland.  

Now an active member of the Great Southern community, Simon also serves on several boards and committees around the region.

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PETER ADAMS

Deputy Chairperson 

Being a third generation Albanyite with two children and now grandchildren growing up in Albany, I have a deep rooted interest in seeing the town and the region prosper whilst at the same time maintaining its unique identity. By being involved in organisations such as the GSEDC I am able to give back to the town that has given my family so much over time. Using my local knowledge and business experience I am able to provide input into developing opportunities for growth as well as putting mechanisms in place that positively influence and support the social objectives of the community in which we live.