In 2018, the Centre welcomed Ron Alexander as its patron. As a former Director General in the Western Australian government, Ron has combined his passion for sport and education to forge a successful career both professionally and in a voluntary capacity. His journey crosses many disciplines including professional sport. sport management, coaching and community service. He was recently named Western Australian of the year in sports.
Over the last 20 years I have watched the Edmund Rice Centre, under the directorship of Stephen Bowman, grow from its humble beginnings in Mirrabooka to become a large, more vital part of the Western Australian community.
I have seen first-hand the impact that the Centre’s grassroots programs for people from a refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background can have. I am passionate about providing pathways, particularly for our young people, so that everyone can participate fully in our community and that is the basis of services provided by the Edmund Rice Centre.
In its work, ERCWA emphasises the importance of education, building a sense of community and helping people feel a sense of belonging. This is what I have assisted people with all my life. I am continually impressed with how the Centre finds new and innovative programs to introduce learning and skill sets to people from different backgrounds ranging in age from 8-80 years.
I am proud of my long association with the Edmund Rice Centre WA and I look forward to assisting in any way I can as a Patron.
Patron, Edmund Rice Centre WA