Governance & Collaborations


Our co-patrons are His Excellency The Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM
Our co-patrons are His Excellency The Honourable Chris Dawson AC APMGovernor of Western Australia and Mrs Darrilyn Dawson


Mr Ric GornikChairperson
Former Executive Director of Human Resources and acting CEO within
a large public authority. Public Sector Management, Public Administration and Personnel Management qualifications.
Mr Greg ChapellP.Dip(acc), B.Bus, ACA – Vice Chairperson & Treasurer
Principal of his own accounting practice for the last 22 years dealing with a large range of clients and industries both in taxation and business advice.
Registered company auditor and registered tax agent.
Mr Chapell also has a hearing loss.
Mr Keith L EastmanAM
Former banking roles NAB. Member of WAFDC 37 years. Mr Eastman’s youngest son was born deaf.
Mr John Richards
Former roles include Teacher of the Deaf, Executive Principal of the WA Institute for Deaf Education, Educational Audiologist, Principal
of several Education Support schools the Perth Coordinator of the RIDBC Renwick Centre Programmes and President of the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf (NAATD).
Ms Sarah Livingstone
Sarah Livingstone is a parent of a profoundly deaf son and also a qualified teacher of the Deaf. Sarah’s involvement with The Foundation has been since 1995.

From 2005 – 2010, Sarah has been a parent representative on the Board of Deafness Forum, the peak national body representing the interests and viewpoints of Australians concerned with their hearing loss and the effects it has on their lives and the people around them.

Ms Fay Treeby
Child with a profound hearing loss. Member of Parent Committees.
Mr Stephen KubickiCEO of Habidapt Pty Ltd
Stephen is the CEO of HabiDapt which is an Australian company that uses an innovative cloud based technology originally developed by the CSIRO to provide energy management services to the household and SME sectors. Prior to joining HabiDapt Stephen worked as a corporate /M&A lawyer for more than 14 years including Wesfarmers Limited, Allen & Overy in London and Clayton Utz in Perth and Sydney.

Stephen has three young children and is passionate about ensuring that our community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and young adults receive the world’s best education and support.

Lynne van OldenChief Executive Officer

Our Partners

West Australian Foundation for Deaf Children partners and collaborates evidence based practitioners and services that address an unmet need that will improve life skills and empower deaf children and young people with an inclusive and holistic approach.

Key partners and collaborations are in place with:

  • Rock & Water – Bullying and Resilience program for primary school age children
  • WA Deaf Sector Collaboration Initiative – WAFDC leading state based Collaboration initiative to develop relevant data sources and frameworks available for the sector


Our Supporters

West Australian Foundation for Deaf Children extends our sincere appreciation to all its donors and supporters.



Department of Education WA