Impact 25 Awards

Voting is now open for the 2018 Impact 25 Awards. Shelter WA congratulates all of the Western Australian 2018 Impact 25 Award nominees.

The Impact 25 awards are a well-established accolade that recognises the most influential people as nominated and voted for by their peers.

Nominees can sit in not-for-profit organisations, corporations, government, social enterprises or simply be notable individuals.

We especially acknowledge the work of those who contributed to affordable housing and ending homelessness.

JONATHAN SHAPIERA - Founder of South West Australian Homeless People (SWAHP)

Jonathan and his son were homeless for several years. Since being off the streets in 2014 he has worked diligently towards an awareness program about being homeless and discussing the problems a person faces on the streets from his own lived experience.

He was the first ever homeless person to present to the Federal Senate Inquiry in 2014 and is the first ever individual homeless person to have an idea adopted by federal government from that Inquiry. He has spoken at various conferences and forums across the country on homelessness and mental health. He has been recognised as a leader in bringing forward the lived experience of those who are homelessness in WA.

He has spoken for four years on the medical issues of being homeless which is now being recognised by UWA and others in the sector. Post-Homeless Stress Syndrome is a phrase he has campaigned about associated with a homeless person’s mental health after leaving the streets. He has alone taken some 80 people off the streets and organised them into housing, all out of his own pocket on Newstart Allowance and with no other benefit supplied. He has been recognised by nearly all existing social services across WA involved with homelessness as the founder of creating a better way forward for those living on the streets. He is now part of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness and his lived experience and suggestions are making a serious contribution towards starting an end to homelessness in WA.

Jonathan upon hearing the news of his nomination said he was "flabbergasted".

"I am flabbergasted that someone even nominated me," Mr Shapiera said. "Seeing the names of people on the list, many of whom I have interacted with regularly to get information or help, means I am honoured to be in some very prestigious company."

Jonathan Shapiera - Founder of South West Australian Homeless People (SWAHP)

LISA WOOD - Associate Professor, University of WA

Associate Professor Lisa Wood works tirelessly as an advocate, researcher and influencer to reduce the enormous health inequalities faced by people who are homeless. Much of her research has been pro bono, and she has quickly built up a major program of research and collaboration with homelessness organisations across WA, Victoria and nationally. Her team has developed the largest database of linked homelessness and health data in Australia, gleaning new insights into priorities to tackle, intervention effectiveness, and mapping barriers and enablers to delivering policies and services that work. She is passionate about building evidence to advocate for vital homelessness services, and has shown the compelling economic impact of breaking the homelessness cycle. Lisa inspires others to take action whether they’re leading from the head or the heart.

TARYN HARVEY - Chief Executive Officer of WA Association for Mental Health

Taryn Harvey is nominated for working to raise the profile of the disability and mental health sectors and, more recently, to connect with other organisations for improved trauma treatments.

Voting is now open.

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