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Governor’s Initiatives

In addition to the constitutional, ceremonial and community aspects of the role of the Governor, each Governor will often bring particular areas of interest ‘to the table’ during their tenure.

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia has sought to pursue the following initiatives during her term, to serve to add value to the role.

  • WA Parks Foundation
  • Governor’s School STEM Awards
  • Yorga Djenna Bidi – A leadership program for Aboriginal women
  • Investing in our Future – Development opportunities for Aboriginal girls
  • Conversations for WA

Find out more about each of them below:

WA Parks Foundation

Her Excellency, with the support of many community representatives and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, established the WA Parks Foundation to support our national parks and conservation areas. Officially launched in October 2016, WA Parks Foundation’s vision is for Western Australia’s Parks to be increasingly loved and visited, and…

Governor’s School STEM Awards

The Governor’s School STEM Awards (Awards) were established in 2015 to recognise the support and commitment of school principals and leadership teams in developing their schools’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs. The Awards aim to: raise awareness of the importance of STEM education among school leadership, and…

Yorga Djenna Bidi – A Leadership Program for Aboriginal Women

Her Excellency brought together representatives from the Aboriginal community seeking help with leadership capacity building and Leadership WA, which developed a program for younger Aboriginal female leaders. “Yorga Djenna Bidi”, a six month leadership pilot program for Aboriginal women, was launched in 2015. The inaugural 18 participants were women who…

Investing in our Future – Development Opportunities for Aboriginal Girls

Her Excellency brought together, across two forums, representatives from organisations which provide development opportunities for Aboriginal girls, with a view to: Develop a shared understanding of current programs, their outcomes and their adequacy. Gain understanding of the ‘gaps’ and any opportunities for greater effectiveness within the sector. Share information about…

Conversations for WA

Her Excellency has hosted a series of facilitated forums, which focused on innovation, collaboration and aged care, and featured guest speakers and group discussions. Western Australian Community Leaders Forum Valuing a culture of innovation and collaboration. Sharing leadership learnings. An opportunity for WA leaders to increase innovation in their organisations.…