Shalom founder is named WA local hero
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.