WA Gover­nor salutes Ngala

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

THE Gover­nor of Western Aus­tralia, Her Ex­cel­lency the Honourable Kerry San­der­son AO toured Ngala’s Kens­ing­ton premises on Thurs­day, Au­gust 6, in her first of­fi­cial visit since be­com­ing pa­tron of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Gover­nor is a long-time sup­porter of the early par­ent­ing and child­hood char­ity.

“I chose to ac­cept pa­tron­age of Ngala be­cause I know from my own ex­pe­ri­ence how pre­cious the re­la­tion­ship of a mother with her young child is, and Ngala pro­vides a won­der­ful ser­vice for par­ents in need,” the Gover­nor said.

“Early par­ent­ing is crit­i­cal for a child’s de­vel­op­ment and new moth­ers some­times lack con­fi­dence and need ad­vice, and many don’t have fam­ily sup­port, which is where Ngala is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant.

“Ngala is well known for its helpline as well as its day and overnight-stay in­ten­sive ser­vice for par­ents who need more in­ten- sive ser­vices. See­ing for my­self the com­mit­ment of all staff to help­ing the par­ents and young chil­dren, as well as view­ing the fa­cil­i­ties, re­in­forced to me the im­por­tance of the ser­vice pro­vided,” she said.

Friends of Ngala pres­i­dent Hon Bar­bara Scott, Ngala chief ex­ec­u­tive Ash­ley Reid and Ngala Board chair­man Martin Black greeted the Gover­nor be­fore be­ing taken her on a tour of the fa­cil­ity.

The tour con­cluded with a morn­ing tea, at­tended by

d441445 Friends of Ngala mem­bers and Ngala’s se­nior staff.

Mr Reid said it was an hon­our to have the Gover­nor’s sup­port as Pa­tron of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in this, its 125th year of ser­vice.

“I was thrilled to host the Gover­nor on a visit and tour of Ngala’s ser­vices in Kens­ing­ton,” Mr Reid said.

“The Gover­nor showed a keen in­ter­est in the valu­able early par­ent­ing ser­vices of­fered by Ngala and a deep un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of the early years for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Ngala chief ex­ec­u­tive Ash­ley Reid, WA Gover­nor Kerry San­der­son, Friends of Ngala pres­i­dent Bar­bara Scott and Board chair­man Martin Black.

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