About Us

Break Thru WA History and Values

Over the past decade the BreakThruWA 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

Janelle Price

BreakThruWA Executive Officer Janelle Price holds a BA (English & History) and was awarded Runner-up Dux at UWA (Albany, 2012). Between 1994 and 2003 Janelle expatriated, during which time she worked with communities in West Africa, India and PNG to establish micro business and community ventures. In 2004 she returned to Australia and established a family beef cattle enterprise whilst completing her BA. Since 2007 she has worked throughout the Great Southern on regional development initiatives and social support programing variously funded by DIaC, ABS Census Division, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, and the WA Department of Local Government and Communities. 

Chief Executive Officer

Lee Madden

Lee is the "say what you mean ... and mean what say" person in the Young Harvest team. Lee is a big lady with a big heart, and she is determined to help create big opportunities for youth in the Great Southern. Lee has worked passionately for over a decade  at the 'coal face' of various demanding community service programs; she believes that relationships are built with give and take, honesty, and by being thoughtful, honest and frank. Lee was a Yank who left the USA searching for a home, and found it in Albany more then 30 years ago. For her, life is all about family, integrity, working hard for what you believe in, and having a bit of fun with a genuine laugh too.

An advocate of Social Responsibility and Equal Opportunity, Lee strives to help others to achieve their goals, so we can all contribute to building a strong community. You'll find her to be a 'keep it real' lady.

Executive Support

Melissa Rumball

Mel has been working with Youth Industry for 15 years ranging from Youth Outreach to Justice. She is very passionate about the youth of today and the barriers they are facing.  Mel is very excited about being part of a dynamic and inspiring project and believes it has the potential to change young people’s lives. 

Young Harvest Lead Youth Worker

Nicolette Mulcahay

Nic brings enthusiasm and energy to the team.  She is passionate about the prospects of regional youth and has previously worked as a trainer for long term unemployed jobseekers.  Nic worked in the casino and convention industry for many years and has lived in Albany for more than 18 years.  She brings strong administration and project management skills to our staff team. Born in Tasmania and raised on a fine wool farm on Bruny Island, Nic possesses farming knowledge and isn’t afraid to muck in with Young Harvesters.  She also serves on several community based boards and foundations in Albany and is passionate about grass-roots community development. A mother of two, she brings hope for the future. Nic is practical realistic person; for her it’s all about building the self-esteem of our youth and empowering them to embrace their aspirations.

Operations and Program Support

Eliza Woods

Eliza is a respected Noongar matriarch of the Great Southern and has dedicated her life to assisting her people to empower them. She has been active in numerous roles for 40 years in community welfare, education, housing, employment, mentoring, education, training…you name it, Eliza has done it so Noongar people get the best outcomes possible. She wants to keep giving back to her community and has no plans to stop yet. 

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Family Liaison Worker

Shona Holland

Shona is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Indigenous people and feels honoured to work in a role that comes with great responsibility in furthering people’s rights. She has a diverse employment background working in roles from banking through to aviation security. Shona has now found her calling where her work is based on becoming pro-active within the Indigenous community.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Family Liaison Worker

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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.

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