Former Chief Justice, Mr Wayne Martin AC QC has been appointed Parkerville Children and Youth Care Chairman effective early 2019.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care CEO Mr Basil Hanna said of the appointment, “This is a significant coup for our organisation, Wayne is a leader in every sense of the word. He brings not only his governance and leadership skills and experience but also his strong value system which aligns with our values of respect, integrity, care and hope. We are excited about his appointment”.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care is a well-established organisation with 115 years’ experience supporting vulnerable children, young people, adults and their families in Western Australia. Our mission is to protect, care, advocate and promote recovery for children and young people who have experienced trauma from abuse, to support families and to work with the community to prevent child abuse.
When asked for his motivations for taking up the position Mr Martin stated,
“During my service as Chief Justice I became painfully aware of the extent of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect and its disastrous consequences. I was very pleased when Parkerville’s George Jones Child Advocacy Centre became an integral part of the justice system response to child sex abuse, enabling victims to undertake necessary justice system processes in a therapeutic and family friendly environment, and which enables appropriate counselling to be initiated as soon as possible. Through that Centre Parkerville has provided 17,500 services to children and young people over the last 7 years.
I am very pleased to have been offered the opportunity to assist the board and staff of Parkerville to continue their vital work protecting and assisting the most vulnerable members of our community – our kids. Parkerville has an established record of outstanding performance and service, which has included a trajectory of growth and development. I look forward to assisting with the next phase of that growth, which will include the commissioning of the Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre in Midland in the latter half of next year. It is a matter of profound regret that Stan Perron will not be there to see the Centre realised, but the Centre will stand as a vibrant continuing tribute to a great and generous West Australian. The new Midland Centre, which is under construction, will extend and multiply the services provided at Armadale, using techniques that are recognised as world’s best practice.”
Listen to Wayne Martin’s 6PR interview here.