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Our Approach

Our ethos is to build strong relationships with all stakeholders and ensure that our young people 'at risk' receive appropriate  support and services, empowering them to become positive and productive community members.

Our Story

CCY Inc. was formed on a belief that young people deserve the best possible support  and services at a time when it is most needed! When children are at their most vulnerable and  at risk of long term mental and physical trauma that is when they need CCY Inc. to be part of their journey.

Meet the Team

Sam and the team have worked (& continue to work) in a collaborative and professional manner to ensure excellent outcomes for young people, the council districts they work in and our community.

CCY Inc. has the expertise and relationships to operationalise programs, work with all levels of cooperate & Not for Profit  organisations, community, Local, State, and Federal Government agencies including;

Justice

Child Protection

Judiciary

 

Sam Mesiti

CEO

Sam has worked with young people and families ‘At Risk for 28years. He spent 17 years with Dept. of Corrections in a number of management and senior roles and was on the planning and commissioning of BHDC.  At Outcare as Manager Youth and Aboriginal Services he spent 9 years at Outcare working with the Executive team in building a progressive, professional, and caring youth service. From managing a team of two staff and two programs Sam and his staff built a committed Youth and Aboriginal Service team totaling 30 staff as well as creating and implementing a number of award winning programs such as:

  • Live Works, (AHI Awards 2013)
  • Keeping Kids out of Crime (City of Bayswater and Crime Prevention Unit- WAPOL) Recipient of the
  1. Peter Ball Community Award Gosnells 2010
  2. Western Australian Crime Prevention Award 2008
  3. Certificate of Merit.  Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Award 2007
  • Art House (City of Bayswater)
  • Slam Program @ Weld Sq. primary school Noranda (City of Bayswater)

Sam is a Board Member of the Kora day Centre in Bayswater as well as a member of the Armadale MARMUN MIA-MIA Aboriginal Cooperation.

Clair Rossi

Secretary

Claire Rossi has been a solicitor since 1991, where she worked at Legal Aid in the Criminal Law Section. Since 2001, Claire has worked in the Youth Law Team which specialises in representing children who are charged with criminal offences. Claire is on the Education Sub-Committee of the Law Society of WA. She has been involved in writing and presenting several legal education programmes run through the Law Society of WA Francis Burt Law Education Programme, including the Cluedunnit Kids Competition for primary school students and a series of secondary school Hypotheticals. Claire has also participated in a PMH Telethon Institute for Child Health Research project, which developed a series of training videos for the legal profession on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  In 2016, Claire was a joint winner of the Law Society of WA, Lawyer of the Year Aw

Stephen Lennox

Treasurer

Stephen Lennox has been working with Youth since 1982 in Meekatharra, Wiluna , Geraldton and the Mid-West, before moving to the Perth Children’s Court in 1992. He joined the new Supervised Bail Programme in 1994 which later developed into the Metropolitan Youth Bail Service. The biggest frustration in dealing with young people in the criminal justice system has been seeing them return time and again because they have no self-esteem, feel lost and see no positive prospects in their future. Steve believes this project deals directly with this issue.

Kelly South

Chair

Kelly has worked in the Social Housing Sector for the past 20 years and in the last 12 months transitioned into the Private Sector She is the Operational Manager at Programmed Facilities Management, who provide the Maintenance Works and Services in the South Metropolitan area of Perth to the Housing Authorities property portfolio. Prior to this position, Kelly was a Tenancy Manager in Social Housing. She managed approximately 520 rental properties for 10 years and eventually moved into more Senior Management roles.  Kelly was the Area Manager at the Department of Housing's Midland Office, she was also a member of the Midland District Leadership Committee and in partnership with a number of agencies. Kelly enjoys helping and working with people in building a sense of community and achieving positive outcomes.

Peter Sirr

Board Member

Peter Sirr is a graduate of Curtin University with a degree in sociology and majored in sociology, economics and film and television.  He is a Justice of the Peace. Peter is married to Mary and they have a daughter. He has spent most his working life in the not for profit sector at a senior and CEO level for agencies such as Communicare (5years) and Outcare (24 years). Peter has extensive experience working on various boards of not for profit organisations, such as WACOSS (Western Australian Council of Social Service – Life member), CEWA (Community Employers of WA), Crime Prevention Council of Western Australia (current Chair). In addition to the Crime Prevention Council he is also on the Boards of the Gould League (Herdsman Wildlife Centre), Beacon Yoga Centre and Community Connecting Youth. He is also on the committee for Social Reinvestment.

Grania McCudden

Board Member

Grania McCudden is the mother of three adult children, and has held a variety of work roles over many years.  She is a qualified teacher (special needs) and psychologist, and has worked with the Department of Education, Dept. for Child Protection and Support, Edith Cowan University and in private practice.  Grania has a strong interest in social justice and evidence-based approaches to reducing ‘at-riskness’ and enhancing resilience.

Sian Trigwell - Burgess

Vice Chair

Sian is a Clinical Psychologist who holds a strong passion for advocating for vulnerable and disengaged children, youth and families. She has extensive experience working in the non-government sector and has held various positions including senior psychology roles and programme management across rural and metropolitan locations. Sian’s area of expertise is working with and supporting individuals who have experienced child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse. Sian also develops and provides training and professional consultation on various topics related to the impacts of abuse and trauma, clinical risk assessment and the provision of care to children and youth residing in out of home care. She works to educate and empower individuals and agencies alike to break down the barriers that so often impede vulnerable individuals from making positive gains.

Noel Nannup

Board Member

Dr Noel Nannup is a Nyoongar/Injabarndi man, born in Geraldton and is highly-respected Noongar elder. Noels skills include; cultural instructor, mentor and a published author and narrator of several books, CDs and Maps. Noel worked for the Dept. of Parks and Wildlife (previously CALM) and for many years as the Department’s Senior Aboriginal Heritage Officer & was instrumental in developing several award-winning initiatives. He established and ran the Dept. of Environment (DEC) Indigenous Heritage Unit. Noel is dedicated to educating young Western Australians about the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal people and their lands; and, throughout that process, Noel has played an active and leading role in reconciliation

Marie Arends

Board Member

Marie has worked with the Department for Child Protection and Family Support since 2001, working in various areas, including the last 9 years at the Perth Children’s Court.  Prior to working with the Department, Marie worked in the Youth Accommodation sector with strong links to the Youth Accommodation subcommittee of the Youth Affairs Council of WA.  Marie has a strong focus on the rights of young people, and on working towards the meeting of their many complex needs.

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