Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service Board of Directors

Chairperson: Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone

Janet was born in Portland Victoria and has been a resident of the EMR for the last 3 decades. Janet has been involved in a range of Aboriginal community organisations including Minajalku and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. Janet has served on several national and international committees developing policy and community development protocols. Janet is currently employed as the Aboriginal Equity Pathways officer at the Australian Catholic University – Jim-baa-yer Unit.

Deputy Chairperson: Trevor Pearce

Trevor is a Kamilaroi man from north-western New South Wales with strong ties to both the New South Wales and Victorian Aboriginal communities. Trevor comes from a strong Aboriginal family that has always contributed to the development and strengthening of the Aboriginal community in south-eastern Australia. Trevor has over 30 years of experience working for and within the Aboriginal community at local, state and national levels. His various roles have required a high level of responsibility for the social and cultural wellbeing of the Aboriginal community.  Trevor was previously the CEO of the First Nations Foundation, and his is currently at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) as the Acting CEO.   VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal Health in Victoria

Treasurer: Jaynaya Williams

Jaynaya Williams is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is considered a role model for the work that she undertakes in respect of family violence in Aboriginal communities. Jaynaya has been involved in a range of Aboriginal community organisations including the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Heath Organisation and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission and Djirra, formerly known as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria, where she served on the Board for 10 years.

Jaynaya is currently working  at Djirra.

Board Director: Uncle David Farrall

I am a proud Eastern Arrernte (Alice Springs) man  that has lived in the Eastern Metropolitan area of Melbourne all my life. So I can call this place my home and community but my Culture and Stories come from the Centre.  I am actively involved with the Aboriginal community in the EMR and also I sit on the Koorie Court as a respected elder.

I have been honoured to be in a leadership role in this community since 1995. Being on several committees and board of management structures.The community has given me strength and belonging over the years and with this knowledge and life experience  I have been a strong advocate for their needs and aspirations.

Being in a position to be part of a team with Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) that provides a cultural, nurturing and clinical services those people that have been exposed to Family Violence gives me immense satisfaction.

Healing is a natural and cultural way of how we look after our people in a non-judgmental way that has positive outcomes.

Board Director: Aunty Lou Baulch

Lucia Baulch, affectionately known as Aunty Lou says her two passions in life are advocating for improved health outcomes for Indigenous people and singing.  She grew up in Orbost as the eldest and only girl with eight brothers.  “Life was hard but good with stern and loving parents and everything handmade and home grown”.  At 18 years old, Aunty Lou left Orbost to study nursing and midwifery.  She married and worked at the Lilydale Bush Nursing Hospital and in community nursing until having two children and changing to a night shift position.  She says that once you are a nurse, you are always a nurse.  This led her to establish a support group for new mums as well as being involved in numerous volunteering roles and charities throughout her life.  Aunty Lou is often invited to sit at the table with Government to advise on strategies to improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to chronic illness, family violence and improving life expectancy.

Two years ago she did something for herself and joined the Mullum Mullum Community Choir.  The Choir from Indigenous, non- Indigenous and refugee backgrounds has come together with the common love of singing, united by a sense of community and reconciliation.  She says singing is healing.  Her heritage is Monaro-Ngarigo and Anglo Indian on her maternal side and Italian on her paternal side.  Aunty Lou has lived in Mount Evelyn for 52 years and life for her now is busy, happy and involved in community.