BWAHS is officially independent

Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) are proud to announce that as of March 25th 2019 the organisation is officially an independent, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO).

BWAHS is an Aboriginal Healing service that has a specialist family violence focus. The service is located in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and has a strong vision to assist in building strong individuals, families within a culture context.

Aunty Janet, Chairperson of BWAHS said “it’s a real privilege to see this through, in particular for the Aboriginal Community in the Outer Eastern Melbourne Region, to deliver a service that is accessible and supported by the remarkable high stand of staff that provide a highly confidential service”.

BWAHS grew from humble beginnings 12 years ago as a conversation around the table to be a standalone organisation today.  Throughout this journey we have welcomed clients and worked with many wonderful community members, some of whom can’t be with us to enjoy this momentous occasion. We would like to remember former staff Michael, Linda and Kerry.

We also acknowledge the late Violet Harrison who was instrumental in the first committee of management and the artist who developed the Boorndawan Willam logo.

The road to independence hasn’t been easy and we appreciate the unwavering commitment of our staff to BWAHS, to our vulnerable clients and to the community more broadly.  We also extend our heartfelt thanks to the transition working group for their diligence and perseverance in completing this challenging project and to Michael Smith for overseeing this work.

Our thanks also goes to the Department of Health and Human Services and Social Ventures Australia for their continued support of BWAHS from its very beginnings as a recipient of the Strong Families, Strong Futures funding.

BWAHS has worked in partnership with EACH over the last 12 years to get to the point of achieving independence and as with any journey we have had our ups and downs, but it has always been a partnership based on mutual respect and a joint commitment to grow BWAHS to the point of independence.

Peter Ruzyla, CEO of EACH said “we are excited to see the growth of BWAHS and congratulate them on their independence. We are delighted to still be able to support BWAHS with the new location of their services at Lakeview Drive in Lilydale and feel very proud of the role EACH has been privileged to play in working with Boorndawan Willam throughout their journey to self-determination”.

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