Our Board Members

Volunteer South West Board of Management 2017-2018

Volunteer South West board, staff and volunteers continue to deliver important and substantial support to clients and agencies in the Bunbury and South West region.

Laurette LeCras – Chairperson

Laurette LeCras is the Corporate Outreach Program Manager for Bethanie Aged Care.  Based in Bunbury, she has the privilege of recruiting and supporting the 600+  volunteers that commit their time and talents across both residential & community care in the metropolitan, regional & rural areas of Western Australia.

“We consider volunteers to be highly regarded and add so much to many lives.  It is wonderful to see a range of ages from teenagers to young 80+  One of the most important gifts a volunteer  brings is to show our seniors that the community cares.  So valued are volunteers in the wider aged care setting, that each year the Bethanie Medallion is held giving recognition to volunteers in the categories of individual, organisation & youth”, Laurette said.

Laurette is passionate about volunteering and volunteers herself with a number of fund raising groups, a Board member & the community portfolio holder at her local church and as a proud volunteer for St John of Hospital Cancer Accommodation Unit.

Debbie White – Vice Chairperson & Secretary

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Jill Cross – Treasurer


I have lived in rural Dardanup for 30 years and this is where I have done most of my volunteering. From being involved in fundraisers when my children were at school to now Chairperson of the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival, Secretary of the SW Group of Affiliated Agricultural Assoc, Treasurer of the Dardanup Art Spectacular and Co Editor of the Dardanup Times. I am very passionate about volunteering and giving back to my community, always receiving far more out of volunteering than I have given. I have picked up new skills along the way, made some terrific friends and hope to make Dardanup a better place in which to live.



 Leanne Gibbs – Board Member

Leanne has been working at the Intown Centre since 2009 and has been the Manager since 2011. The Centre is engaged in issues that affect our community such as homelessness, unemployment and social isolation.

The centre’s mission statement is “In Town Centre Incorporated is a day centre facility that provides meals while promoting caring relationships and positive participation for all members of the community”.

 The In Town Centre is a not for profit organisation supporting the homeless and disadvantaged within Bunbury and the greater Bunbury region. The Centre’s main objectives are to offer affordable nutritious meals, provide emergency relief to individuals and families and to perform advocacy and referral services for our clientele.

“Our vision is to continue to develop and build upon the services already offered. We aim to provide a day centre for people of all ages and gender who face difficulties with loneliness, poverty, poor housing and mental health issues to enhance their dignity, self-esteem and independence” said Leanne.

 Mel Baruffi – Board Member

Bunbury Soup Van

Jan Tierney – Board Member

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Kerry Morgan – Board Member

Red Cross