About

The Spiers Centre Inc is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals, families and the community in the northern suburbs. We do this by providing assistance through our emergency relief and financial counselling programs, and through the provision of personal development programs and support groups and by engaging volunteers in a variety of our activities.

Our opening hours are between 9.00am and 4:00 pm each weekday, and we are situated at 2 Albatross Court Heathridge. We are easy to get to: bus 463 from Joondalup or Whitfords will drop you around the corner in Peninsula Ave, or there is ample parking provided on site.

You can help by contributing to our appeals for food, clothing, personal items and blankets, and new toys at Christmas time, or if you prefer, cash can be donated. As a public benevolent insitution, all donations are tax deductible.

Please feel free to browse through our website and get to know us a bit better or drop in for one of our groups.

Gaelle Gouillou

Gaelle Gouillou

Practitioners Certificate in Mediation, Professional Certificate in Abitration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of General Studies, Graduate Diploma Legal Practise, Postgraduate Diploma (Medical Law & Ethics)

CEO

Gaelle brings years of experience in establishing operational optimisation across diverse service areas in the not-for-profit and community sector. An experienced business owner with a high level of business acumen and diverse range of business management skills, Gaelle has been recognised for her leadership qualities and talents in operational and strategic development. She brings an entrepreneurial mindset, creative problem solving skills and is highly experienced implementing corporate vision, managing cross-functional teams and implementing successful change management.

Tina Bennett

Tina Bennett

Certs 3 & 4 Community Services

Financial Counsellor

Tina has been involved with The Spiers Centre for 11 years, firstly as a SKIPS group participant, then as a student as part of her work placement for Certificate IV in Community Service Work, to finally progressing to a paid position at the centre. Her background work in banking and admin in the UK, community work qualifications and her personal experience in the disability sector suit her to the role of Financial Counselling. Tina maintains an empathetic and caring approach to clients from all backgrounds and is committed to providing quality service.

Cathy Makin

Cathy Makin

Diploma in Community Welfare Work; Diploma in Financial Counselling

Financial Counsellor

Cathy joined TSC in August 2011. Previous to this, she worked in Women’s Refuges in Perth and has also worked for CPFS as a Family Support Worker. During a previous role, Cathy began implementing a FC program to empower women to take control of their finances. She has a Diploma in Community Welfare Work and a Diploma in Financial Counselling and undertakes regular training to help her skills continue to grow. Cathy has a caring and empathetic nature and is passionate about the rights of all individuals.

Jane Cross

Jane Cross

Diploma in Community Service (Financial Counselling); Diploma in Accounting

Financial Counsellor

Jane joined TSC in October 2013. Jane decided to combine her many years of experience in accounting, finance and her interest in Community work by completing a Diploma in Community Services (Financial Counselling). Jane is passionate about the rights of individuals in financial hardship and continues to undertake regular training to ensure she can provide a quality service to all clients, in a non-judgemental manner. Jane strives to assist those in need by providing advocacy, support and information so that each client can make their own informed decisions.

Tracey Sanzone

Tracey Sanzone

Project Officer

Tracey has over 12 years experience in facilitating community and support groups and has worked in the eastern states, Port Hedland and Perth. Tracey has been with The Spiers Centre Inc for approximately 5 years and has facilitated the SKIPS group, the Its Your Time course and support group, Managing the Maze course and a support group for victims of incest. Tracey has certificates in counselling, facilitation and group work.

Kyla Rasmussen

Kyla Rasmussen

Certificate 4 in Bookkeeping

Bookkeeper

Kyla assisted in our reception since September 2009 and undertook a variety of administrative tasks, including telephone and client reception, archiving, assistance for food and clothing distribution. Kyla says “I really love helping out, being able to 'pay it forward' and it has been a really rewarding experience for me, and as an added bonus, its been a real confidence boost for me”. With her experience at Reception, her knowledge and experience as an accounts clerk in a private enterprise, Kyla has now stepped into the role of Bookkeeper.

Mel Wright

Mel Wright

Certificate 3 in Children Services

Crèche Coordinator

Mel started at the Spiers Centre in July 2008 and brought with her some ten years experience in child care. Mel enjoys working with children and planning fun activities and combines this with patience and good humour. As group leader Mel, develops the term programs and rosters for staff.

Abby Armstrong

Abby Armstrong

Reception

I started in 2012 as a volunteer and now work one day per week. I used the centre when my marriage broke down and they helped me. I wanted to give back and with my experience in merchandising, selling and office work I felt I must be able to do something to help my local community where I live.

Marian Suares

Marian Suares

Crèche Worker & Volunteer

I first started volunteering with The Spiers Centre in 2011. I assisted with making up food parcels and packing bread. Soon after I was invited to work in the Crèche, as I had been a retired teacher. I love working with the children and have a special empathy to Autistic children. It's been a few years since I joined The Spiers Centre and I hope I can stay here for many more years to come.