SA Councillor Profiles
2015/2016 ICPA SA COUNCIL
Back row: Lisa Edwards, Katrina Morris, Helen Williams, Mija Reynolds, Kerry Williams, Petie Moore. Front row: Cindy Mitchell, Lisa Hunt, Belinda Hatcher, Di Thomas, Sonya Fels, Kirsty Williams
(Absent - Lisa Slade)
Portfolios: Specific Education
Background: Kerry was raised in a rural community on Kangaroo Island and has spent most of her adult life on outback stations, first at Mulurulu in NSW, and now at Mount Victor in SA. She has a daughter in year 9 at boarding school and is educating her son through Port Augusta SOTA, currently in Year 6.
With a background in teaching, Kerry is very keen to help isolated families access quality teaching and support. She has a particular interest in supporting students with learning difficulties and specific education needs. As well as managing the role of vice president, Kerry edits the SA newsletter, The Pipeline. Kerry was elected to State Council in 2013.
SA VICE PRESIDENT
Portfolios: Tertiary Education, Boarding Schools and School Hostels
Background: Belinda was born and raised on Mt Elm Station, west of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges and along with her three sisters was educated through Port Augusta School of the Air for her primary years and then attended Caritas College, Port Augusta for secondary schooling. A year spent being a Distance Education Supervisor (Governess) after leaving school, helped to continue her long connection with distance education. After living in the Barossa Valley for seven years, in 2007 Belinda returned home to Mt Elm with her husband Daniel to raise her children and help run her family station. She has two sons, Charlie (Year 7), Eddie (Year 5) and a daughter Lily (Year 2).
Having such a long connection with Port Augusta School of the Air (over 30 years), Belinda has a great passion to continue to support distance education and the families who rely on it to educate their children. Having been a student, a governess, a teaching parent and now a parent with a governess, she has seen all facets of what comes with educating your own children remotely and is keen to not only see the history Port Augusta School of the Air has with South Australian families preserved, but also looks to help keep it relevant and functional with modern education models being rolled out at the moment. Belinda was elected to State Council in 2012.
Branch: Flinder Ranges
Background: Frances grew up on her family's Flinders Ranges merino sheep property, Holowiliena Station and now lives there with her husband Luke and their children. Todd and Stella both attend School of The Air as the third generation in their station schoolroom.
Frances hopes her involvement with ICPA will contribute to the best possible educational outcomes for rural families and that ICPA remains a much-respected organisation into the future.
Frances was elected to State Council in 2016.
Branch: North West
Portfolio: Boarding Schools and School Hostels
Background: Jill grew up on a farm near Millicent in the SE. She went to the local primary school and High school and then went to Boarding school for yr 11 and 12 in Adelaide. After this, she completed a Bachelor of Primary Teaching at the Magill Campus. Jill ventured north to Governess for a year where she met her husband, Col Greenfield. They later married and settled on Billa Kalina station, a family owned and run property in the North West of SA. Jill and Col have 3 daughters whom she has taught and employed governesses over their years of primary education. They completed this through School of the Air via Port Augusta. Two of their girls attend boarding school in Adelaide, while their eldest daughter completed Yr 12 last year and is having a gap year. Jill keeps herself busy by cooking for staff on the property, handling the businesses bookwork, volunteering on different local organisations and enjoys watching her children and husband ride at local gymkhanas and camp drafts. She has been the secretary for North West branch for 17 years and has recently been made a Life Member of the North West branch!
Jill was elected to State Council in 2016. She has also been on State Council from 2008 until 2011.
LONE MEMBER OFFICER
Background: Helen was born and lived at Hawker until she married her husband Trevor and moved to Yanyarrie, Carrieton, where they had three sons, Damian, Matthew and Steven. The boys were educated at Carrieton Rural School until its closure and then traveled by bus to Orroroo Area School.Damian received an apprenticeship in Leigh Creek, and Matthew had completed Year 12 at Orroroo Area School when the family moved to Nilpinna Station in early 2003. Helen's youngest son Steven attended Sacred Heart College as a boarder for Year10 -12.
When she moved to Nilpinna, Helen became involved with ICPA and was elected to State Council in 2007. She was very grateful for the time, energy and effort that family and people before her had always put into ICPA to assist with rural and remote children’s education. Helen enjoys being involved with ICPA - it revolves around such friendly people and families who are all passionate about our young children in the bush.
SA PUBLICITY OFFICER
Branch: Flinders Ranges Branch
Portfolio: Rural Schools/Travel
Background: Mija grew up in Woomera and went to boarding school in Adelaide for high school.
She has two children: Aurelia (4) and James (2) and lives with them and her husband Matt on Upalinna Station in the Flinders Ranges near Wilpena Pound. Her closest town is Hawker, 60km away.
Access to the best available education for isolated children is what Mija is most passionate about.
Mija has a background in graphic design and enjoys being able to keep up her design skills by helping to produce the quarterly SA ICPA publication -The Pipeline, whilst living in a remote location.
Mija was elected to State Council in 2014.
SA IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Background: Lisa grew up in a small country town in South Australia, later married and moved to a sheep station in the Flinders Ranges with her husband Keith. Keith and his sister were both schooled via School of The Air and later went on to boarding school for their secondary education. Keith and Lisa's eldest daughter is currently in Cairns, working as a radiographer and their middle daughter and youngest son are at boarding school in Adelaide.
Having navigated her children through the full education spectrum, from RICE Kindy, School of the Air, boarding school and the completion of a tertiary education, Lisa is a passionate advocate of equal education opportunities for rural and remote children.
Lisa has been involved with ICPA at branch level since 2001and was elected to State Council in 2013.
Branch: North West SA
Portfolio: Distance Education, Curriculum
Background: Petie became an ICPA member not long after her daughter was born in 2008. She grew up in the country and lived in various locations as a child due to her parents' work. In 2010 she moved to her partner's family cattle station where they now live and raise their four children.
With her daughter currently enrolled through SOTA in Port Augusta and her three younger boys to follow, Petie decided to become more heavily involved in ICPA - to help make a difference in outback education. Petie was elected to State Council in 2014 so is enjoying the new challenges.
Branch: Flinders Ranges
Background: Sonya is from Adelaide and has been in the Flinders Ranges area for about 22 years. Her first job took her to this wonderful area where she met her husband Philip who is 6th generation pastoralist on Merna Mora Station in the Flinders Ranges. They have two children, Jessica and Lachlan, doing school through School of the Air, Port Augusta.
With no prior experience in distance education before, Sonya thinks it’s a wonderful thing to teach and watch what your children learn day to day. The battles families go through every day with bad days in the classroom and internet connections not working, is amazing and they all get through it.Sonya was elected to State Council in 2013.
Branch: Marla Oodnadatta
Portfolio: Early Childhood Education, Tertiary Education
Background: Kirsty grew up on a property north of Port Augusta. She completed her early years of schooling through distance education before attending boarding school in Adelaide. Kirsty completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of South Australia.
Now living in the far north of SA on a property with her husband, Cameron and two children, Kirsty decided to nominate for Council and was elected to State Council in 2014.
Branch: North West
Portfolio: Distance Education
Appointed Position: Newsletter Editor
Background: Lynly grew up in the mid-north of South Australia and as many young school leavers do, took a gap year, which led her to the North West of SA, working as a station hand. She met her husband, Matt while working in the area and has been working alongside him for 18 years. They have been managing North Well Station since 2006, during which time Lynly began a part-time career in nursing at Roxby Downs, juggling both station duties and nursing until their daughter Elke was born in 2009.
Lynly joined the North West ICPA branch when Elke started kindy, after being on the management committee of RICE. She was elected North West Branch President in 2015. Teaching Elke via SOTA has given Lynly the drive to help those facing the challenges of distance education gain the best support they can and she feels ICPA is a wonderful platform to do that from.
Lynly was elected to State Council in 2016.
Branch: Port Augusta
Portfolio: Rural Schools/School Travel
Background: Katrina grew up and attended school in Coober Pedy, Far North SA, and completed an apprenticeship in hospitality and governessing. Before moving with her husband to Thurlga Station in the Gawler Ranges, they traveled through Queensland and overseas trying to squeeze in as much as possible in a short amount of time.
They have a son and two daughters who she has taught through School of the Air with a lot of help along the way, including two governesses. Katrina and Ian’s eldest daughter has started boarding school this year with many nerves and much excitement.
Katrina hopes that she can continue to help rural and remote students have a voice, when it is often forgotten.
Portfolio: Specific Education Needs
Background: Kylie grew up on the Central Coast of NSW, just 20min from the beach. Once she graduated from Uni as a primary school teacher she took a Governess position on a cattle property 170km east of Birdsville. She now lives on Pandie Pandie Station with her husband Peter and their 3 children, Hayden (6), Izaak (4) and Elyssa (2). Kylie firmly believes that all children are entitled to have the best education that can be provided. She is passionate about ensuring that rural and isolated children are given equal opportunities for them to strive to their highest learning potential.
Kylie was elected to State Council in 2016.
Branch: Maree Air
Background: Jodie has lived on cattle stations in South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland for nearly 10 years. She started as a Governess on the Birdsville Track before meeting husband Nathan at a nearby station. They have moved around and settled at The Peake Station with 2 boys aged 4 and 2.
Jodie became involved in ICPA in 2012 as a way to meet more like mind mothers who face the same challenges of educating our children.
Jodie was elected to State Council in 2013.