Mov­ing in a new di­rec­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Sev­en­teen years of ad­vis­ing peo­ple from all walks of life through the Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Legal Ser­vice means Nanette Wil­liams knows more about the re­gion than most.

Af­ter nine years of lead­ing the award-win­ning com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion as its chief ex­ec­u­tive, and hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked as its man­ager and fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lor, Mrs Wil­liams is leav­ing the ser­vice on Fri­day to move on to other projects in the lo­cal­ity.

Mrs Wil­liams said she had vivid memories of be­gin­ning at PCLS in Roe­bourne in 2000 in an of­fice “about the size of a cup­board”.

PCLS’ staff base and premises have grown sig­nif­i­cantly since that time, with the Kar­ratha branch now oc­cu­py­ing of­fices in Wel­come Lot­ter­ies House, three branches run­ning in Roe­bourne, South Hed­land and New­man, and an out­reach pro­gram servicing re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

Among her achieve­ments are grow­ing PCLS ser­vices’ re­gion-wide and en­sur­ing it has been able to adapt to the re­quire­ments of dif­fer­ent Pil­bara pop­u­la­tions.

“I’m proud of the fact that we’ve been able to grow it re­gion­ally — not just for the peo­ple of Kar­ratha, but for the whole Pil­bara, be­cause each lo­ca­tion has a dif­fer­ent need,” she said.

Former PCLS man­ager Gwyn­neth Hay­wood, who worked with Mrs Wil­liams for years, said she ad­mired her drive to bring about pos­i­tive change in the com­mu­nity.

“I think that one of Nan’s skills . . . is her en­ergy and abil­ity to help peo­ple and not get burnt out or tire of it,” she said.

Mrs Wil­liams said she would re­main in the Kar­ratha area and al­ready had ideas for other projects.

“I’m still a res­i­dent of Kar­ratha and a res­i­dent of this com­mu­nity, and I’ll be as­sist­ing wher­ever I can and al­lo­cate my skills as needed,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Nanette Wil­liams, right, with Gwyn­neth Hay­wood.

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