Our Board

DSWA is governed by a Board, consisting largely of parents, who also have professional skills, including legal, financial and business expertise.
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Down Syndrome WA is governed by a Board, consisting largely of parents, who also have professional skills, including legal, financial and business expertise.

Annual General Meeting

The associations Annual General Meeting is scheduled for:
Date: Wednesday 27th October 2021
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Zenith Room DSWA/Nulsen Group Offices 32 Burton Street Cannington.

We would encourage all members to attend and meet our new CEO Cassandra Hughes. To assist us with planning please RSVP to office@downsyndromewa.org.au. If you’re unable to attend please complete the Proxy Vote Form.

If any member would like to send an item of business or a notice of motion which they would like to be considered at the Annual General Meeting, then please advise secretary Jessica Davies (jessicadavies@iinet.net.au) by October 4th.

Please see the AGM agenda.

Board Members

Kathryn Salt

Kathryn Salt – Acting Chairperson

Kathryn is an experienced educator who has successfully integrated students with disabilities into the mainstream educational setting.  She is a consultant to parent, schools and education systems on best practice in mainstream integration. More recently Kathryn has been involved in working in the not-for-profit sector with the roll out of the NDIS.  She is also a mother of a young adult with Down Syndrome.

 Jessica Davies – Secretary

Jessica is the sister of an adult with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Jess recently volunteered to organise our 2021 Gala Dinner which saw over 300 people from the DS Community gather and celebrate all the achievements of our members. This event was responsible for raising over $18,000 for the Association through Jess’s various fundraising efforts. Jess is also a regular volunteer at the Aim High Social Club Events with our 18+ Members.

Korena Xie – Treasurer

Korena is an Audit Manager at Pitcher Partners Perth. As a chartered accountant with over 6 years’ experience in within a professions practice environment, both in Australia and internationally, Korena provides her diverse client base with extensive experience across a full range of business advisory services, striving to provide effective services and maintain good client relationship.

Aimee Clarke

Aimee represents young children with Down syndrome. She has strong marketing, communication and social media experience and skills. Aimee is a mother of a son with Down syndrome and a regular participant at the DSWA Playgroup in Leederville.

Past chair

Nick Gray

Nick is a small business consulting owner, and our Immediate Past Chair. Nick worked with DSA national group for several years, has extensive experience in IT, financial and operational management, NFP experience and is a father to his daughter with Down syndrome.

Sebastien Malinge

Sebastien Malinge

Sebastien is an experienced and internationally recognised researcher currently employed by Telethon Kids Institute. Sebastien’s research specialises in paediatric leukemia and blood disorders developed by people with Down syndrome.

Nia Parker

Nia is a mother of a young adult with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Nia’s lived experience gives her a good understanding of accessing services and support, particularly in rural and regional areas of our state where Nia has worked as a physiotherapist. Areas of interest include employment, social opportunities and independent living options.

Holly Weinbrecht

Holly has been involved with the disability sector since 2010. Since commencing her journey at NDS WA supporting community service and grant programs, Holly has branched out into support work, quality and governance and support coordination, having a thorough understanding of disability providers, NDIA and how people living with disabilities receive their supports.

Brooke Canham – Advisory Member

Brooke is a current DSWA Ambassador with excellent insight into needs of young adults with Down syndrome, and has represented DSA at the Governor-General’s House in 2019. Brooke is a tremendous advocate for people with Down syndrome.

Andrew Domahidy – Advisory Member

Andrew is a current DSWA Ambassador, with excellent insight into needs of young adults with Down syndrome, and current experience in open employment at HBF. Andrew has strong IT knowledge and insights. He is a tremendous advocate for open employment for people with Down syndrome.

Our Annual Reports

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