International Women's Day is a day to raise awareness of the progress we have made towards creating a better and more equal world.
It is also a day to recognise what still needs to be done and to create awareness about how we can play our part in making change for the better.
One of Rise’s strengths is promoting women into positions of leadership. We also support further professional development through courses such as Leadership WA, and you can read more about Rise Director, Suzanna Robertson’s experience as a participant here.
Get to know some of the inspiring women in the Rise community in the stories below:
Award winning artist
Chrissie Terpos won the Stephen Delower Memorial 3-D Award for her masterpiece titled “Bruce" at last year’s As We Are Exhibition at the Perth Convention Centre. Chrissie attends Rise’s Arts Hub every Tuesday and Thursday. After spending many years at the centre knitting, she thought she would give pottery a go. Since then she has made many amazing ceramic creations.
Jodie McLean, Senior Human Resources Operations Manager
Skydiving for our four legged friends
Jodie threw herself out of a plane to raise funds for the Animal Protection Society of WA. Jodie and the other volunteers are committed to rescuing cats and dogs of all ages and breeds.
Margaret Weir, Volunteer
Making a difference
Margaret’s been volunteering at Centenary House every Thursday for nearly 15 years. “I just think I’m lucky to be healthy and able to keep volunteering,” Margaret says. “My sister, Helen started Hills Community Support Group, now Rise, in 1983 to arrange social outings for people in the area.
Caitlin Dransfield, Support Worker
Caitlin is a three-time Australian badminton champion and represented Australia at last years Paralympics. She’s juggling an intensive training routine at the WA Institute of Sport, employment at Rise and studying a Bachelor of Disability and Community Inclusion.