Heather Stokes is well respected South Australian barrister and solicitor who is known for her work representing the women in Adelaide Women's Prison. Her legal career spans more than 30 years. She lends a strong voice to rights of women in the criminal justice system. She is also a passionate mentor of final year and graduate law students.
Linda Fisk (Since 2011)
Linda is a founding member of Seeds of Affinity and coordinates the bi-weekly sessions of the Seeds of Affinity group. She is studying Psychology at the University of South Australia and has recently attained a Diploma in Community Services through TAFE. Linda has led Seeds of Affinity women into tertiary study and the production of their own radio program in collaboration with Heather Anderson and Charlotte Bedford 'What I know now'.
Linda was the inaugural Chair of Seeds of Affinity. In 2016, Linda became a finalist in the Australian of The Year Local Hero category.
Anna Kemp (Since 2011)
Anna is a founding member of Seeds of Affinity and has worked with criminalised women for the last 38 years. Anna is a qualified psychologist and works for the Department of Corrections as a Community Corrections Officer. Anna's work in establishing Seeds of Affinity has been widely recognised. In 2012 she was placed on on the South Australian Womens' Honour Roll and in 2013 recognised as one of South Australia's Local Heroes in the Australia Day Awards.
Michele completed a degree in social work (with first class honours) and a degree in social planning in 2011. She was awarded the Flinders University Medal in 2011 for academic achievement and is currently the recipient of the Australian Post Graduate Award scholarship to undertake her PhD, which has used an arts based research method Photovoice to explore people’s experiences of life after prison. Michele combines her study with teaching in the Masters of Social Work program at Flinders University.
Andrea Duff (Since 2011)
Andrea works at the University of South Australia where she co-ordinates and lectures in the Indigenous Content and Service Learning programs. She lead a team which was nationally recognised with citation from Office of Learning and Teaching in 2015. Andrea has a strong commitment to the empowerment and recognition of women with lived prison experience and their children.
Lisa Kada (2016)
Lisa believes in social justice and has majored in Criminology and Sociology in her studies toward a BA from Flinders University. She has worked in the community sector since 2001 with a focus on AOD and Offenders in her work as a Community Development Worker at OARS SA, Drug and Alcohol Worker with DASSA and Uniting Communities. Lisa currently Coordinates a team of Hepatitis C Peer Educators for Hepatitis SA.
Halimah completed a master’s degree in business accountancy and bachelor degree in economics. She has worked in the accounting sector since 2006. Her strengths are in providing business, accounting and tax advice to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) She has a passion for working with small, not for profit entities and community centres. It gives her the satisfaction of helping people in any situation and to meet wonderful people who are doing a great deal to benefit the community. She also works as interpreter and translator for community organizations for Chinese, Turkish, Uiyghur, Tatar and Uzbek languages.
Helen retired after a long career in education, most recently in the Teaching and Learning Unit at the University of South Australia. Since working as a young teacher with high school students who were struggling to read and write, she has worked with children and adults in many settings on their literacy development. Helen has lived most of her life in Adelaide but grew up in Pt Pirie and still has family there.
Cathy works for Community Centres SA as a Results Based Accountability Project Officer and has extensive experience in community development using strengths based approach, leadership, strategic planning and policy development. Cathy has previous board experience and has worked for both local and state government. She has a Bachelor of Social Science; and qualifications in Business, Leadership and in Workplace Training and Assessment. Cathy is passionate about supporting community to achieve goals and strives to develop sustainability in any community development program.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to support an initiative which represented the work of women who are very much in need of gainful employment and the support which is derived from the group setting. I am aware from my own work of the benefits that the program has produced in the lives of women who have participated. - Greg Mead, Senior Counsel, Legal Services Commission of SA