Shalom founder is named WA lo­cal hero

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

SHALOM House founder and re­cently-elected City of Swan coun­cil­lor Peter Lyn­donJames has been named as the WA Lo­cal Hero at the WA Aus­tralian of the Year Awards.

The win­ners were an­nounced at a cer­e­mony hosted by the Gov­er­nor of WA Kerry San­der­son on Novem­ber 22.

Com­ing from a bro­ken home, 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 prison 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 Western Aus­tralia Aus­tralian of the Year, Se­nior Aus­tralian of the Year, Young Aus­tralian of the Year and Lo­cal Hero award re­cip­i­ents were an­nounced at Gov­ern­ment House in Perth.

Mr Lyndon-James will join a co­hort of 32 state and ter­ri­tory award re­cip­i­ents from around the coun­try in Can­berra next year to rep­re­sent WA at the Aus­tralian of the Year awards.

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