Coun­cil­lor tilts at ti­tle again

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

SHALOM House founder and re­cently-elected City of Swan coun­cil­lor Peter Lyn­don-James is in the run­ning for a se­cond year in a row for the 2018 WA Aus­tralian of the Year ti­tle.

The Hen­ley Brook res­i­dent is among a med­i­cal re­searcher, a doc­tor for the home­less, cham­pi­ons for women and se­niors, an Abo­rig­i­nal sto­ry­teller and sports­peo­ple who have been nom­i­nated for us­ing their pro­file to make a dif­fer­ence.

Mr Lyn­don-James was in and out of pris­ons from the age of nine and ad­dicted to drugs for 26 years.

In 2001, the one-time ca­reer crim­i­nal left jail for the last time, stud­ied the­ol­ogy and spent five years as a vol­un­teer chap­lain at Aca­cia Prison.

In 2012 he opened Shalom House in Perth’s Swan Val­ley, a 140-bed fa­cil­ity he calls “the strictest re­hab in Aus­tralia”.

The win­ner of the ti­tle will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 22 at Gov­ern­ment House in Perth.

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