Tanya has spent the past 14 years running camp and youth activity programs for at risk children in Australia, America, South Africa and Vietnam. She is one of the leaders in her field, and her programs have been recognised at State, National and International level.
Tanya has worked with over 130,000 children across the world. She is the founder of the Dance 4 Africa and Kwinana Children’s Choir programs, developed the Koorliny Arts Centre Boys & Girls Clubs, and in 2009, became the youngest female Councillor ever elected to the City of Kwinana Council. She was GM/CEO of charity Global Good Foundation for 2 years, leading large scale program expansion. She has travelled to 24 countries, and attends numerous events as a motivational/keynote speaker.
Tanya was the recipient of the 2012 WA Department for Child Protection Churchill Fellowship via the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which allowed her to spend six weeks in America in 2013, researching programs aimed at stopping the generational cycle of domestic violence and related factors, working with industry leaders, and presenting the Camp Kulin program in Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and New Hampshire.
She founded Camp Kulin in 2013. The program has now grown to include general and scholarship camps for children from over 183 towns across WA, a leadership development program involving over 200 volunteers, corporate and school camps and mental health support/mentoring programs in three schools. Camp Kulin has received a number of awards including the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management and the National Awards for Local Government.
Tanya is the current AgriFutures Australian and Western Australian Rural Woman of the Year and has won the Constable Care Child Safety Awards (Overall Winner & WA Child Safety Employee categories), Premier’s Active Citizenship Award, WA Children’s Awards, Act-Belong-Commit Awards, City of Kwinana Citizen of the Year, Martin Waudby Leadership Award and the Australia Council for the Arts SPARK Mentorship. She was named on the Power 30 Under 30 list for Australia by the Apex Society in America for worldwide contribution to community service and awarded the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She was a state finalist for Telstra Business Women’s Awards and national finalist for the NAB Women’s Leadership Awards. Tanya was named as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac and has been listed on the Australian Associated Press Who’s Who of Australian Women list for the past two years.
JO COURBOULES – CAMP KULIN SENIOR PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Jo has been a teacher for the past 17 years, starting her career at Moora Primary School, followed by four years at Koorda Primary School. She moved to Corrigin in 2005 and taught full time for three years before having her children Zach, Abbie and Kye.
Since this time she worked in both relief and part time capacity at Corrigin District High School, becoming Deputy Principal in 2016. She has a special interest area in working with special needs students, and co-ordinated the ASDAN program for two and a half years. This included training, writing programs based on student needs, assessment and moderation. She also spent 12 months as the Student Services Co-ordinator and implemented the Letters and Sounds program across the primary school, including training and programming.
Jo and her husband Kim are business partners in a 5000 acre farm east of Corrigin, and she is actively involved in the local community. She was the President of Giggle Pots Daycare for five years, including co-ordination of building a new purpose built facility for the Centre. She has held committee positions for the Corrigin Netball Club and is a member of the Corrigin DHS P&C, Corrigin Agricultural Society and Corrigin Hockey Club.
MADDIE EARLE-SADLER – CAMP KULIN PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Maddie has volunteered for many causes over the years. In 2014 she travelled to Manila with her school to teach and interact with children living in poverty. She has volunteered and been involved with Relay for Life for many years.
Maddie has been a Camp Kulin volunteer since the program started in 2013, completing over 20 camps, and is now a full time staff member.
She has been involved in a multitude of musical theatre productions across Perth for many years, including The Addams Family, Oliver, Legally Blonde, My Son Pinocchio, Seussical and Grease. She has worked alongside professional theatre makers whilst studying at Curtin University where she worked on The Secret in the Wings performed as part of the Fremantle Arts Festival in collaboration with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in 2016.
Maddie has skills in teaching drama, as well as playing numerous musical instruments, including the piano and saxophone. She has been involved in several different ensembles for her music and has had the opportunity to perform at Perth Concert Hall.
The most important part of Camp Kulin is our volunteer team, because without the volunteers, our program couldn’t run! Our volunteers are extremely diverse – they are from a range of ethnic backgrounds, they are aged 16 to 74, they have a wide range of interests, and they come from all states of Australia (and even overseas!) to take part in the program.
Our Camp Kulin team, whilst all individuals and unique personalities, also have some things in common – they are ready for a challenge, they have a great sense of humour, and they want to make a difference in the life of a child. Many of them have spent summers at camps in America, and are incorporating what they have learnt into our program.
The leadership team for each camp is carefully selected to ensure a cross section of ages and interests. Most have strong backgrounds of working with children, including teachers, social workers, youth workers and child care workers. Many of them hold special talents that they are able to share with our campers during camp – such as dancing, elite sports, circus skills, playing musical instruments and lots more!
All the Camp Kulin team undertake a training period before their time at camp. All camp counsellors over the age of 18 hold a Working With Children Check/Police Clearance.