Our Board Members

Volunteer South West Board of Management 2016-2017

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.



 Sharon Kavanagh – Board Member


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.

 Montse Barrero – Board Member

Mon Barrero originally from Spain, came to Australia in 2013, Mon has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. In January 2015 Mon started volunteering as a Volunteer Referral Officer at Volunteer South West and this gave her an opportunity to build on work experiences in Australia and to develop networking in Bunbury.

In July 2015, she started to work in the WA Country Health Department, a full time job, managing the Patient Information System, a project that has just finished. Currently Mon is working in Accounts Payable at Retravision (Bunbury), Mon is the Treasurer at the Bunbury Multicultural Group Inc. and is currently running a Spanish cooking course at Milligan House, sharing her Paella and churros’s recipes with students.

Jillian Coldwell – Board Member 

Jillian first commenced her community volunteering as a committee member of the Dardanup Art Spectacular and followed shortly after by joining as a volunteer committee member for the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival which she has enjoyed doing for the past 10 years.

During that time she also commenced volunteering at the DDC in 2013 where she was able to undertake a variety of roles including Tour Guide/Aquarium Feeder and Education Officer which enabled her to continue utilising her teaching qualifications. Shortly after, Jillian was fortunate enough to be offered employment as a Tourism Officer and she was able to continue to volunteer and work in what she feels is one of the best offices in the world.  She began working in the position of Volunteer Coordinator in February 2016 and has had the privilege of recruiting, managing and supporting over 100 local and international volunteers.

Jillian considers volunteering to be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your community.

Annette Dix – Board Member

Annette has been in the position of CEO with Advocacy South West since January 2016. She has a strong background in corporate and social responsibility including stakeholder management, government relations, organisational change management, financial management and governance.