Eyre Futures Board bring a wealth of local knowledge to their roles. Each offers a unique set of skills, qualifications and experience and together their strategic sum is far greater than each of the parts.
Business/ Industry Representative
Anne-Marie is the Port Lincoln Branch Manager of Career Employment Group and has expertise in group training and apprenticeship consultancy. She has 24 years of retail and management experience, as well as 15 years of experience in recruitment and employment services. Anne-Marie is heavily involved in the local community with a strong community focus and currently sits on five local boards. She is passionate about west coast youth and in particular indigenous youth.
Anne-Marie’s motto is ‘together with passion we inspire communities’.
Kerrie is from Ceduna and completed her education at the Ceduna Area School. Kerrie started her working life supporting the unemployed. She then moved into the adult training and employment sector, gaining 18 years’ experience as an adult education trainer/assessor and has delivered training programmes for Registered Training Organisations. She has qualifications in Business Administration, Training and Assessment Education and Work Health and Safety. She has undertaken extensive training delivery in Community Services and Literacy and Numeracy. Kerrie has held Executive Commonwealth Government positions and has managed the Mission Australia Employment Office and Save the Children’s Regional Office at Ceduna. She has enjoyed self-employment for 3 years in her own training business – Eyre Training Solutions and now works within the Far West Coast Native Title Group in support of the Far West Coast Aboriginal Peoples and Native Title.
Parent/ Caregiver/ Aboriginal Representative
Emma is a researcher by profession employed by the University of Adelaide in the Rural Medical School based in Port Lincoln and has been in this role for 7 years. Emma is a Barngarla woman from Port Lincoln SA and Gubrun from Kalgoorlie Goldfields region in WA, she has cultural connections to Wirangu in Ceduna SA, Njaki Njaki, Noongar & Ballardong in WA.
Emma is an active community member and has interests and focus on heritage, cultures, languages and community development. Emma has been involved in governance since the age of 16, where she began engaging in community organisation governance, she has been on boards such as PLACC (director), PLAHS (director), DEWNR Aboriginal Advisory( Chairperson x2), Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation(Co-Chairperson), Kallinyalla Parnkalla L&SC (chairperson), Community House (director), FVLPSAC (Chairperson x2)(Director). Emma is passionate about youth development, leadership, education, employment and wellbeing, and as a single mother of 4 children with 3 of them in the youth range she understands the parental roles and responsibilities, challenges and rewards this brings.
Emma has worked in a variety of areas from Administration, bookkeeping, team leader, manager, women’s programs officer, project officer and researcher and appreciates the importance of supporting and empowering youth early and with consistency to achieve successful outcomes for them, their families and the community, she believes the youth are our future and cultural values need to be included in all things youth do on their life journeys.
Business/ Industry Representative
Janet is from Port Lincoln. She attended Secondary School in Port Lincoln and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Management. She has gained vast experience from her business portfolio including successfully growing existing businesses and establishing and developing new businesses in retail and industry.
Her more recent employment history has involved working in the training and employment sector in both regional and remote areas of South Australia. This included Job Services Australia, working in Apprenticeships and Traineeships field and currently working in Disability Employment Services. Janet is now a local business owner.
Parent/ Caregiver Representative
Having worked with Baptist Care, Career Employment Group (CEG) and Salvation Army Employment Plus over the past 18 years, Brenton has built solid relations within the Eyre Peninsula community.
Brenton brings strong managerial, people and organisational skills to his role as an Eyre Futures Board member.
His training, a Diploma in Management and a Trade Qualification, provide a level of expertise and experience in support of effective youth transitions to education, training and employment. Brenton also has experience in developing lucrative partnerships and forming alliances.
Business/ Industry/ Aboriginal Representative
Leeroy is the Community Relations Office with Iluka Resources Limited (Jacinth-Ambrosia). As a young Aboriginal man from the West Coast of South Australia, he brings an extensive understanding, knowledge and wealth of experience through his strong connection to culture, communities and country. His connection runs from the desert gold fields of Western Australia to the southern parts of South Australia. His clan groups include Kokatha, Wirangu, Mirrning, Bungala from SA.
Leeroy has qualifications in Performing Arts and has an impressive history including performing in theatre productions SOUL MUSIC and THE NEW BLACK (co-authored) in Brisbane; singing the Australian National Anthem in both English and Yugembeh language for an Indigenous All Stars National Rugby League match and dancing for Jessica Mauboy, Shakaya and Casey Donovan.
Peter Linn is based in Port Lincoln. He works in the Anglican Parish as one of the Clergy and commenced ministry in 2010. Peter is in his 60s, married with 2 adult children and 2 delightful grandchildren. His hobbies include fishing, gardening, music and singing. Mr Linn is also Vice President of the Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch.
He has been actively part of the Mentoring EP programme. Peter’s qualifications are B A (Adelaide), B Th (Flinders), Dip PS. (Adelaide College of Divinity), Grad Dip ED (Adelaide). His ministry experience includes bush, country, city and some specialised ministry in Schools Defence and Mine Chaplaincies.
Peter’s defence Chaplaincy included a stint in the Middle East Area of Operations (Afghanistan) in 2009. Peter Linn is described as an easy-going, energetic bloke, who believes everyone has a part to play in our community and should be given the opportunity to participate.
Terri is originally from California, USA, and has been in Australia since 1992 and Port Lincoln since 2002. With a background in business and employment she has directed her management skills into a variety of community projects since retiring in 2007.
Terri has been involved with the Port Lincoln Bendigo Community Bank as Director/ Secretary, served on the Eyre Regional Health Board, the Port Lincoln Health Advisory Council, past member of Zonta, Rotary (Illawarra District), and has been a mentor at the Port Lincoln High School for 9 years.
In 2007 she was appointed by the SA Attorney General as a Special Justice and conducted bail hearings, criminal court sessions and served as a Visiting Tribunal at the Port Lincoln Prison. Currently, Terri sits on the District Council of Lower Eyre Development and Assessment Panel, retains her appointment as a Justice of the Peace, a Life Member of Community House and is president of the PL Chicken and Chablis Club. Terri has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Business) and has post graduate studies in Criminal Justice. Travel is one of her favourite pastimes having travelled to 33 countries so far.
Youth/ Aboriginal Representative
Delise is from the Wirangu, Kokatha and Mirning language groups and lives in Port Lincoln. She has recently graduated through the UniSA Aboriginal Pathways Program in the 18 month Foundation Studies course and is currently studying Bachelor Social Sciences. Delise has experience in various Eyre Future programs and continues to support Eyre Futures as a voluntary member of the Board.
"I thank and continue to support Eyre Futures to give back for assisting me to grow in confidence and achieve in education and other areas of my life." (Sampson 2018)
Delise has inherited cultural knowledge from her parents and grandparents on both her Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal side and from this she has gained wisdom and emotional intelligence. She has a love for being creative and uses painting as a way for expression and healing. Delise’s natural empathy has led her to pursue her interest and passion for health and well-being for all.
Dr. Sandra Hewson
Education/ Training Representative
Sandra has been Principal at St Joseph’s School since October 2015. She moved to Australia with her husband and children in 2001. Sandra has extensive experience in education in Australia, the Netherlands and the UK. Sandra is passionate about life-long learning, reflected in her own study, with Masters degrees in Education and Educational Leadership and a professional doctorate from QUT which focused on teachers’ work. Prior to moving into school leadership, Sandra spent some years as a Consultant with Catholic Education South Australia supporting schools with students from language backgrounds other than English, particularly students with refugee backgrounds. Sandra believes that given the right opportunities and support, every young person has the capacity to achieve successful outcomes.
Education/ Training Representative