Our Board of Directors
Lee-Anne Heron, CEO
Having a child with special needs doesn’t have to limit your child care options. You can hire someone directly (babysitter, au pair, nanny) or through an agency. Otherwise you can access regular children’s Day Care Centres. Special needs hospices such as Lady Lawleys Cottage By The Sea, in Cottesloe WA can be accessed for casual day care, planned day care or planned overnight stays. Respite providers may also offer in-home day care.
Currently many WA Day Care Centres have long wait lists so if this is the option you are interested in (even if you’re not ready now); we suggest you put your child’s name down early.
We suggest having a vision statement for your child, a carer information booklet (on your child’s needs, communication, feeding, positioning, bathing, toileting, play activities, favourite games and toys) and to have a daily activity planner to help your chosen carer provide the best care possible for your child. Spend time with your child and chosen carer (or Day Centre) so that you are confident your child’s needs are being met.
If you are privately employing an in-home carer, it’s important to check they have a police clearance certificate and ask if they hold a current working with children check clearance.
In crisis situations Commonwealth Carelink, Wanslea WA or the Red Cross can provide carers for special needs children and fund these.
Whilst you are looking for the child care option that best meets you and your child’s needs, you may want to consider hiring domestic assistance to aid with duties such as cooking, cleaning, shopping to lighten your load. Thus giving you more time with your children and to look after yourself! Your Local Area Coordinator would be a great person to ask about this.
Lee-Anne’s skills include:
- Business Development
- Business Operations & Management
- Project Management
- Marketing, Promotions & Networking
- Impacting Government Policy Change
- Grant Applications
- Being mum to 2 special kids
Charmaine White, Director
Charmaine White has a wealth of experience in the corporate sector previously working fulltime in Human Resource Management in major Australian and multinational corporations across all levels of Management. Within this environment, Charmaine wore a number of hats – as HR professional, employee sponsor or advocate and a change mentor; as well as contributing to the development of and the accomplishment of the organisation-wide business plan and objectives. Charmaine is a mother of a little boy Jack, who has complex special needs.
Charmaine is a strong advocate for children with special needs and disabilities and strongly believes in doing your personal best and making a difference. She values good health and well-being, a positive attitude and professional approach and brings these core values to the Special Aussies Foundation board.
Charmaine’s skills include:
- Leadership Development
- Training and Development
- Employee Performance Management
- Employee & Customer Relations
- Parenting a special kid (much tougher than life in the corporate arena!)
Lyall Bear, Director
Lyall Bear has over 20 years experience in financial management and is currently the Director of BDO Kendalls Business Advisory Services.
Lyall has many contacts in the corporate sector and brings core values of… to the Special Aussies Foundation board.
Lyall’s skills include:
- Accounting & Finance Management
- Business Development
- Business Operations
Karina Aiberti, Director
Karina Aiberti has much experience in advocacy and research, having worked in research roles on a variety of projects to promote access to children with special needs as well as in the government sector conducting research affecting government health policy.
Karina is a strong advocate for children living in remote communities and brings core values of honesty and equity of access to the Special Aussies Foundation board.
Karina’s skills include
- Government Policy
- Media Relations
- Copy Writing