Wellbeing Officers

Our Wellbeing Officers are the first point of contact for any member or volunteer who would like support with an issue, concern or grievance.

Wellbeing Officers are available to any member of the ACT Greens to discuss any personal difficulty concerning the Party or any of its members. The Wellbeing Officers are effectively trained, authentically assessed, and in receipt of ongoing support in their roles.

Our Wellbeing Officers aim to be a sounding board for your concerns, help you to cope with your feelings, and help you to clarify your issues and decide what you want to do next.

If you are a member of the ACT Greens and you feel you have been treated unfairly, or you are considering making a complaint about behaviour of a harassing, bullying or discriminatory nature, then the first option for you may be to talk, in complete confidence, to a Wellbeing Officer. You can choose whichever Wellbeing Officer you would prefer to approach.

Our Wellbeing Officers are Party members who are trained to assist you by...

  • providing an effective listening environment for you to talk about a matter which has affected your wellbeing

  • listening, reflecting and summarising your issues to help you make decisions about what to do next

  • providing you with a coherent explanation of ACT Greens grievance resolution policies and procedures

  • undertaking to handle your approach as promptly, seriously, sensitively and confidentially as possible

  • providing ongoing support as required

The guiding principle for grievance resolution in the ACT Greens is that you are in control of the process. The Wellbeing Officers are trained to listen and help you to clarify the issues and to provide options.

All Wellbeing Officers have current ACT Government Working With Vulnerable People General Registration.

Image - Christine LarkinChristine Larkin - Wellbeing Officer

Chris is a passionate Green, a member for around 25 years, being active in nearly all the campaigns in Ginninderra in that time.

She’s become a Wellbeing Officer because she wants to offer support to anyone who has concerns about being treated with disrespect, or feeling harassed within the Party. This could include being concerned about something happening to someone else, or a group of people.

Chris has been a social worker and counsellor in women’s services and initiated an action research project with social workers, accompanied by Aboriginal women as their consultants, which confronted personal, cultural and institutional racism in their work setting.  She also enjoys volunteering to teach English to women from various countries and being involved in Quakers, Interplay and U3A.

Contact: christine.larkin@act.greens.org.au or 0431 830 457.


Image - Lucia MayoLucia Mayo - Wellbeing Officer

Lucia is passionate about what the Australian Greens Party stands for, especially the focus on environmental issues and human rights. She’s been a Party member for 8 years, active in all the Weston Creek campaigns in that time.

Lucia is a Wellbeing Officer because she wants to offer support to anyone who is uneasy about being treated with disrespect, or feeling harassed within the Party. This could include being concerned about something happening to someone else.

Lucia is a retired Primary School teacher, who is now a qualified Wellness consultant. She has a major in Psychology and has completed a Lifeline counselling course.

Contact: lucia.mayo@act.greens.org.au


Image - Pascale BoulangerPascale Boulanger - Wellbeing Officer

Pascale is originally from Belgium where several members of her family are actively involved with the Greens. She has two daughters aged 18 and 22 and currently lives in Wanniassa.  

Having arrived in Australia on her own in 1993, she knows how difficult it can be to seek help but also how big a difference a little help can make.  As a Wellbeing Officer with the ACT Greens, she hopes to contribute to ensuring that everyone involved in promoting the values of the Greens will feel welcome, included, safe and supported.  

Contact: pascale.boulanger@act.greens.org.au


Image - Marie RyanChris Dyer - Wellbeing Officer

Chris joined the Greens because he wants politics to be better, in terms of how the system operates and making changes that matter. He's volunteering regularly with 2020 Campaign and wants to help turn Canberra Green. 
 
Chris became a Wellbeing Officer because he knows how much it matters to have someone to talk to if things don't feel right. He is often approached by workmates who need support, want a sounding board or want to know more about their options when something happens in the workplace. He's proud to be a member of a party whose commitment to being a safe party for everyone is more than just words.
 
Chris has worked in the government and not-for-profit sector. He lives in the electorate of Canberra with his partner and their young daughter. 
 

Contact: COMING SOON

Image - Biff WardBiff Ward - Wellbeing Officer

Biff Ward has been involved in designing and delivering harassment prevention and case handling programs all over Australia since 1985. As a member of the ACT Greens, she has contributed her expertise to training Wellbeing Officers and will provide ongoing support to them. She is also volunteering as a Wellbeing Officer herself.

Contact: biff.ward@act.greens.org.au

Helen Tayler WBO ACT Greens  Helen Tayler - Wellbeing Officer

Helen has been a member of the Greens for the last six years and has helped out around election times, working on door knocks, stalls and pre-polling booths.

Now she has retired as a social worker, she feels she can use some of her skills and experience to assist as a Wellbeing Officer. Helen has worked as a counsellor in a range of settings, including grief and trauma counselling in the health services. She has counselled and supported employees through workplace and personal issues as part of their Employee Assistance Programs and has been a student counsellor in high schools. Helen has, over the years, followed an interest in mindfulness and developed a group program to assist cancer patients and their family carers.

Contact: helen.tayler@act.greens.org.au

Image - Annette Fisher  Annette Fisher - Wellbeing Officer & Mediator

Annette has been a passionate Green supporter for twenty years and has been involved as a volunteer in Murrumbidgee Neighborhood Team in the last four elections. She is Convenor of the Support and Mediation Group. She is delighted to be using her professional skills to contribute to developing a safe place for ACT Green's volunteers, staff and members. Annette is a psychotherapist, occupational therapist and visual artist. She has worked in the Public Health Sector for twenty five years and has broad experience in the area of Mental Health, Community Health and Community Development. For the last twenty seven years she has worked in private practice, specialising in individuals, families, couples, leadership and group work. She conducts training programs for health workers.

Contact: annette.fisher@act.greens.org.au

Image - Alan Hough  Alan Hough - Wellbeing Officer & Mediator

Alan has been a member of the Greens for just on 10 years, first in NSW and now the ACT. He has been active in community groups for more than 30 years. Alan is a trained mediator and conflict coach. He has mediated in a variety of disputes, including workplace, neighbourhood, family, inter-organisational and victim of crime/offender matters. As a mediator, he is clear that the parties are in control of the resolution of the conflict. He helps parties to work towards principled agreement or principled disagreement. Alan also provided training to organisations in anti-discrimination and equal opportunity principles.

Contact: alan.hough@act.greens.org.au

Image - Paul Atkins  Paul Atkins - Wellbeing Officer & Mediator

Paul is passionate about both the Greens and also helping people improve the quality of their relationships. He is a registered psychologist, trainer, facilitator, coach and researcher. He works with groups of all sorts but particularly groups like the ACT Greens that have a strong social or environmental mission. His aim is to help those groups become more harmonious and effective in achieving their goals.

Paul has over 25 years experience working with individuals and groups to improve communication and conflict management. His work is focused on building skills to clarify what really matters in a situation, speak boldly, listen well and take multiple perspectives.  Paul is available, along with the other mediators, for conducting individual or group sessions to help move through conflict and concerns with respect, safety and purpose.

Contact: paul.atkins@act.greens.org.au

 

With a Wellbeing Officer, you can...

If you decide to approach a Wellbeing Officer, you can...

  •  choose which Wellbeing Officer you wish to approach;
  •  talk about any interpersonal situation pertaining to the Greens which is causing you personal concern;
  •  be heard in absolute confidence;
  •  be treated with complete respect;
  •  decide for yourself if you want to take the matter further;
  •  ask your Wellbeing Officer to help you think through how you might take the matter further, including the option of resolving it to your satisfaction privately;
  •  ask your Wellbeing Officer to support you in one or more steps that you might choose to take to move the matter forward;
  •  expect your Wellbeing Officer to clarify what ‘support’ you want and reach an agreement with you about what they can offer; and
  •  speak with your Wellbeing Officer as many times as necessary.

Our Wellbeing Officers adhere to the principle that all complaints, whether formal or informal, are best handled promptly, seriously, sensitively and confidentially.

Would you like to become a Wellbeing Officer?

The ACT Greens is looking for more members to volunteer as Wellbeing Officers. We would like our Wellbeing Officers to be as diverse as possible in terms of gender, religion, ethnic background and sexual orientation.

If you feel that you’d like to contribute to building and maintaining a wellbeing culture within the ACT Greens, please contact the Party Director via partydirector@act.greens.org.au

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