Our Board Members

Volunteer South West Board of Management 2018-2019

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.

Debbie White – Chairperson

Debbie White has many years experience working in education and community services.  She implemented a Community Services program for Red Cross. Her role with Red Cross involved finding and training volunteers so that they had the skills to support others less fortunate than themselves in the community.

She has experienced firsthand how volunteering assists to build strong and resilient communities by involvement in many organisations that rely on volunteers to achieve their goals.

Debbie has previously been a Red Cross volunteer and employee, a volunteer and Board member for the Lishman Foundation and presently volunteers at the St Paul’s Anglican Opportunity Shop in Harvey. Her passion is to make volunteering available to everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion or disability.


Laurette LeCras – Deputy 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.


Leanne Gibbs – Treasurer

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

Jan is the Aquarium, Exhibits and Volunteer Coordinator at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre. The expansive volunteer program comprises of 100+ long term volunteers from the local Bunbury community, 100+ international volunteers annually, school student work placement programs, special needs volunteers, Corporate & Community Group volunteers etc.  This role involves having the leadership to ensure the DDC’s Research, Conservation, Tourism and Education objectives are being met by the Volunteer Team, while having the compassion to manage many different personalities from many varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

She has been a volunteer herself for over 3 decades & was co-founder & chair of Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary. Jan is currently studying an Aquarium Vet course and is passionate about conserving our environment and supporting our community


VSW holds an Annual General Meeting late in the year where new Board positions become available. If you are interested please contact the Coordinator, Shamara Williams on 9791 3214