SACID STAFF

FELICITY CROWTHER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Developmental Educator

Felicity has worked in a range of positions in the disability sector including service development, project management and service management roles. Felicity is passionate about supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice within their community. In both a professional and voluntary capacity she has assisted with the development of self-advocacy programs and supported individual’s with intellectual disability in their self-advocacy roles. This passion for supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice has led her to undertake a PhD in the area of inclusive research. Felicity also enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience and passion with students through tutoring at Flinders University in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.

JILL ARTHUR

SENIOR MANAGER -
PROJECTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Developmental Educator

Jillian is a Developmental Educator with diverse program coordination, organisational capacity building and teaching experience within the disability sector. Jillian is passionate about access to the arts, leisure and recreation for its natural ability to develop relationships, build confidence and instil a sense of identity in a way that cannot easily be sought in other areas. Jillian is involved in her community through her involvement in gymnastics as a performer with the Harlequin Spirals German Wheel team. Prior to joining SACID Jillian worked for a number of years as a Disability Advisor at an international NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, while concurrently teaching online for Flinders University. Guided strongly by human rights, Jillian is passionate about her role at SACID and the ability to support people with intellectual disability to advocate for themselves.

CHRIS BERGIN

INCLUSION WORKER

Chris is a self-advocate and represents the voice of people with intellectual disability on the SACID Board. He is also a member of the Express Yourself Self Advocacy Group in Adelaide. Chris has represented South Australia on the Inclusion Australia – Our Voice Committee for a number of years. The Our Voice National Committee is made up of self advocates from all over Australia. During his time on the Our Voice Committee, Chris contributed to advocacy work regarding the employment of people with intellectual disability and helped other people with intellectual disability to understand the NDIS. As an Inclusion Worker, Chris enjoys supporting the development of new resources in Easy Read. Chris believes that it is important for people with intellectual disability to be included and valued in the community in order to have new opportunities to meet new people and to take part in community life, after all, it is our right!

SARAH BYRNE

INCLUSION WORKER

Sarah uses her voice as a person with intellectual disability to support SACID to develop information and resources that people with intellectual disability and their families really want. Sarah has held advocacy roles such as being an Ambassador for Down Syndrome South Australia where she was able to share her experiences and achievements with wide audiences both in Australia and overseas. As an Inclusion Worker, Sarah enjoys helping people to be more informed by sharing her ideas for new workshops and assisting to develop and run these sessions. Sarah is involved in her community through participation in dancing, netball and long-term open employment and uses her networks to promote the work of SACID with passion. Sarah believes that it is important for people with intellectual disability to be included and valued in the community so that you can teach the community how to be inclusive and understand people with intellectual disability – you do this by showing people what you are able to achieve!

REBEKA TOUZEAU

INCLUSION WORKER

Rebeka Touzeau is a skilled public speaker with a passion for ensuring people with intellectual disability have opportunities for real inclusion in their communities. Rebeka believes that it is vital for people with intellectual disability to have a good image and be respected in the community. Rebeka is well connected and contributes to her community through her involvement in dancing, where she is a mentor of school aged children with disability, as well as a member of a mainstream dance performance troupe. Rebeka is a role model to other people with intellectual disability as someone who lives independently, maintains open employment and has a busy community life. As the current Our Voice National representative for South Australia, Rebeka speaks up about issues important to people with intellectual disability in our state.

NICHOLAS WILSON

PROJECT OFFICER

Perth born and raised, Nick joins SACID after working with people with disability for 5 years as a support worker, advocate and project officer. Nick has lived experience with high functioning autism and has extensive experience consulting and advocating with people with an intellectual disability. Nick hold’s a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Community Development, as well as expertise in Easy Read and Co-design.

GAVIN BURNER

INCLUSION WORKER

Gavin grew up on the Yorke Peninsula, the experience of which has led him to become a passionate advocate for people with disability living in rural and remote areas. He brings to SACID many years experience in the community sector having worked in both aged care and disability. Gavin has supported his local community working as a Program Assistant at the Camden Community Centre for over 17 years. Gavin is involved in self advocacy as a member of Our Voice SA where he also assists with delivering self advocacy training to others. He has used his voice as a member of the NDIS Participant Reference Group contributing feedback on NDIS processes and resources. Never too far from his country roots, Gavin enjoys opportunities to explore nature and the outdoors with friends.

RALPH BREW

PROJECT OFFICER -
RELATIONSHIP WISE

Ralph comes to SACID with over 30 years of working in the sexual health field as an educator and community worker. Originally working for the AIDS Council of SA and later as a Project Officer with SA Mental Health Service and Family Planning South Australia, Ralph provided training and development around HIV prevention and support and other sexual health issues to workers from a wide range of backgrounds. Ralph has worked as a community health worker with SHineSA where he began to provide consultancy to disability workers and families. Later he became SHineSA’s sexual health training officer for the disability sector. Ralph provided training workshops to people studying at TAFESA, Flinders University and SHine SA’s FRESH Course, as well as tailored training to many agencies. He took the lead in developing resources such as My Sexual Health Matters (sexual health issues for people living with mental illness) and Rules About Sex (a disk based booklet and 3 illustration sets to assist educators to construct their own tailored materials). He also visited Solomon Islands with a colleague to review and develop HIV information materials which resulted in an illustrated play script and poster set to be used throughout the Solomon Islands by community volunteers. Since leaving SHine SA he worked for over 3 years as a disability advocate and established a small private consultancy in the sexuality and disability field. Ralph loves cooking, native orchids and rainforest plants and is passionate about the environment. He is also an unpublished writer of adolescent fiction. He greatly looks forward to working with SACID on the Relationship Wise Project.

LAYNIE DUNNE-HEYNIS

PROJECT OFFICER - WORKSHOPS

Laynie has extensive experience as a program coordinator and project manager within the Disability and Education sectors. Over the last 10 years she has been actively involved in various state-wide and national inclusive collaborations to drive change so that people with disability have equitable opportunity to access, participate and achieve their goals within education and employment. Laynie’s personal experience as a supporter of family and friends with disability led her to undertake studies in Law and Behavioural Science before completing her Honours in Disability and Developmental Education. She is passionate about social justice, self-advocacy and human rights, all of which underpins her drive to create more inclusive communities. In addition to volunteering in a number of roles within her community, Laynie is admin of her local Buy Nothing Group, a gift economy initiative which aims to build communities and collaboratively share the abundance around us. Laynie is a lover of astronomy, music, camping and gardening, and also provides academic support at Flinders University within the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.

CATHI TUCKER

PROJECT OFFICER -
MY LIFE, MY CHOICE PROJECT AND
PEER ACTION CREWS

Cathi is an experienced parliamentary advisor who has supported a number of members of parliament in a range of roles including research, administration and media liaison. As a mature aged student, she gained her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and went on to complete an Honours degree in Early Childhood with a research project on diversity in children’s literature. She has always had a strong sense of social justice and an interest in human rights for all, working and volunteering on a variety of community action campaigns on a wide range of issues including public transport, tobacco law and improved disability access. Working with members of the public to access their rights and get better access to services has given her a strong overview of the services available in SA. She loves gardening, walking in the bush spotting wildlife or walking in the suburbs and finding great gardens and architecture.

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HALIMA AKANBI

PROJECT ASSISTANT

With prior experience in disability services and the not-for-profit sector, Halima joins SACID after working at the National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research – Lowitja Institute in Melbourne as a Research Project Officer. Halima also worked as a community support worker for over three years before moving to Melbourne. Her past experience in this sector is vital to understanding how services can better train staff in order to help them support people with disability. Halima grew up overseas but since getting her Master’s degree in Health and International Development in Australia, she now considers Australia her second Home. Halima is a Project Assistant working on promoting awareness about issues that are important to people with intellectual disability.

ELIZABETH DALWOOD

FINANCE OFFICER

Elizabeth has an accounting degree and is a Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, having held finance roles at Minda Incorporated and Craniofacial Australia.  In these roles, Elizabeth was able to use her accounting skills to help provide useful financial information to people making financial decisions and gained an insight into the importance of maintaining a strong financial voice for people with disabilities to be able to access and participate equally in the community.  SACID’s purpose of inclusion, building confidence and equal access to information in order to both educate and participate equally are aligned to her own and she looks forward to being a part of the team. Elizabeth has a passion for travel, keeping active and music. She is currently studying music theory and singing and is keen to reconnect with family and friends when travel is possible.