Who We Are

Our Story

Our Story

WA Blue Sky was established by a group of families on behalf of their family members with disability, who wished to have more control in their lives and believed a better future was possible.

The first of many planning meetings was held in 1991, which set the direction of future organisation to be personalised and flexible in how services are offered, and working in partnership with people to create supports that make a difference.

Since 1992, WA Blue Sky has continued to  evolve and has expanded our services across metropolitan Perth, holding true to the Founders’ original purpose.

As we support people with disability move into the NDIS, we remain committed to our vision of supporting lifelong possibilities. We will continue to provide a diverse and comprehensive suite of innovative services, whilst furthering our strong reputation for providing tailored, responsive and reliable supports.

Core to our mission is the fact that people are at the heart of everything we do. We believe people should have the opportunity and support to live life how they choose.

What We Stand For

What We Stand For

What we believe defines the way we work, every day. We recognise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to disability support, that each person has different needs and wishes.

  • Empowerment
  • Participation
  • Support
  • Accountability
  • Freedom of Choice

Supporting life-long possibilities.

At WA Blue Sky we:

  • Celebrate your individuality,
  • Encourage and respect your choices and decisions,
  • Continuously aspire to achieve positive outcomes for you, and
  • Strive for improvement at all times.

Your plan is our purpose.

We support your plan by:

  • Enabling your individual potential
  • Being committed to working in partnership with you, and;
  • Providing you with personalised quality services.

Our People

Our People

WA Blue Sky is governed by a Board of Directors, which sets our strategic direction, manages our risks  and oversees our governance around service delivery and quality.

President
Dena Zarif

Deputy President
Rob Wilton

Treasurer
Andrew Steers  (absent from photo)

Board Members
Garry Gillam 

John Richards 
Kim Knott
Ben Hawthorn
Craig Bishop (absent from photo)

 

Executive Team

Frances Buchanan
CEO

Minji Kim
Manager – Business Services

Lauren O’Connor
Manager – Development and Operations

 

Leadership Team

Emily Dempster
Service Coordination

Lisa Eastwood
Service Coordination  

Angelique Avice
Team Leader

Angeline Espina
Team Leader

Lyndle Clifton
Team Leader

Susan Hall (absent from photo)
Team Leader

Publications

Publications

I don't go the 'extra mile' in the things I do, to seek acknowledgement. I get a sense of fulfilment, walking away with a feeling of accomplishment, in being able to support to the best of my ability.
Being a mother & carer of my son, I can empathise with our service users & their family members, even though all our journeys are different, the care & respect we have for one another, can only make all our lives better

Jenny Adams

Support Worker

Back in early 90’s several families decided to create a small organisation to provide a better outcome for our family members with disability, where we are not be a number in a long waiting list or a big company.

Our meeting was held on a beautiful sunny day, and one of us looked skywards saying let’s call it Blue Sky and hence the name we have today.

It was not an easy task to start this Organisation from scratch. Our first service was the development of three individual housing units, in which all involved were included in the design - these became a showpiece for disability services in Perth.

What started as a dream for a small number of parents has gone on to become the organisation we know today, welcoming many new members and service users, and offering different service types and locations.

Laurie and Des Corboy

Founding Members

When I lost my place at a community centre, I had the support to advocate for myself until political intervention made change happen. Without encouragement from my WA Blue Sky team, I wouldn’t have ‘made a fuss’ –  having the confidence and help to feel empowered is the key to make people effect positive changes despite their disability.

John Zino