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

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

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

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

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 2019 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. 


Image - Biff WardBiff Ward

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

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 Support & Meditation Group via smg@act.greens.org.au

You may also be interested in:

Support & Meditation Group (SMG)

Arbitration & Conciliation Committee (ACC)