Ilze Jaunberzins, President Wollumbin Family Support
With forty years nursing experience within the Australian public health system including clinical practice, education, middle management and quality management Ilze has codesigned and facilitates NeuroPlus© Leadership Development through her practice PowerMind Leadership.
Passionate about social issues and supporting independence and self determination, Ilze was involved for 3 years in the management committee of the Tweed Valley Women’s Service. Witnessing the transformation of women and children who were successful in escaping domestic violence to create new positive futures is the catalyst to be part of the Wollumbin Family Support Board. Harnessing the power and goodwill in our community is central to the vision of WFS to foster support for everyone to be safe and to experience respectful caring relationships.
Effective leadership, teamwork, accountability and gratitude are my core values in fulfilling the President’s role and it is a privilege to serve.
Dip Teach, RN, BASAN, M App Sci (Social Ecology), Cert Pastoral Counselling, Member Australian College of Nursing, Cert IV Life Coaching; Cert Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and Principal PowerMind Coaching.
WORKSHOP: PHOENIX – She rises!
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Murwillumbah Community responds to NSW Government Closure of 30 year award winning DV Service in 2015
Crushed by the NSW NLP Government, Tweed Valley Women’s Service (TVWS), a 30 year, award winning specialist Family & Domestic Violence service (F&DVS) ceased to exist in December 2015. In NSW, forty other such specialised FDVS suffered the same fate under this government policy.
Shocked and alarmed, the community of Murwillumbah rallied and secured 10,000 signatures from all corners of NSW for the closure of TVWS to be debated in NSW Parliament. Fifteen minutes of passionate debate lead to no change in the Government’s position. Confused and deflated, the community regrouped and decided to rebuild a wholistic F &DVS based on a social enterprise model, thereby securing its own source of continual funding.
Here is our story.
A story we believe can bring hope to other communities to also rise from the ashes from brutal government policies to close critical and essential specialised F & DVS.
This paper will take you on our journey. In 18 months, we have scaffolded our huge vision. This vision is to engage the whole of our community to address F &DV through three strategic pillars – prevention, options and recovery. We will share our key milestones including becoming an incorporated organisation, developing a strategic vision; securing a $5000 grant from I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to develop a one stop F&DV website for resources in our region; built a membership and volunteer base; established a Facebook site and have been delivering regular newsletters, which keep our community informed and updated. As the next state elections are imminent we are also lobbying all candidates to highlight F & DVS service gaps in our area and the important work of WFS.
Our vision includes strong men, aligned to our mission and purpose to be members and be involved in strategic operations. Every member must have a current Working with Children’s Check number.
Achieving these first milestones, our next steps are the implementation of Love Bites to one high school and evidence informed recovery programs for Indigenous and Non Indigenous women . Strategically we want to secure ongoing funding through a social enterprise integrated op shop and coffee shop.
We are excited. Our community is ready and our Phoenix is ready to rise and fly high to inspire to create a new normal in our society that leads to safer families and safer communities.