Meet the team

Zoe McAlpine

Chief Executive Officer

Zoe McAlpine

Zoe started her career in the not for profit sector right here at Breast Cancer Care WA in Events, Marketing & Fundraising in 2006 and returned as the CEO in December 2014 to lead the organisation forward.

Zoe has previously worked at Santa Maria College as Director of Community Relations and Development. Here she developed her marketing, communications and fundraising responsibilities working on the planning process for the college’s first capital campaign to raise funds for the College Hall extension.

In January 2010 Zoe joined Starlight Children’s Foundation as the State Partnerships Manager WA where she was responsible for leading a fundraising team who looked after all managed relationships for the state across income streams of Major Donors, Corporate Partners, Community Fundraisers and Events. In 2011 she added the responsibility for SA fundraising to her portfolio and in March 2013 Zoe moved to Sydney to take on the role of Head of Fundraising for Starlight, leading a team of 43 people across five states.

"When a person is diagnosed with cancer, everything in their world shifts and an unimaginable volume of pressures immediately descend on that person and their family. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters, at Breast Cancer Care WA we have the privilege of providing services designed to ease those pressures and create some breathing space. I am passionate about ensuring that our support services are available free of charge to every woman, man & family member who needs us."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Dare

Support Services Manager

Sally Dare

Sally joined the team in September 2017 as the Support Services Manager. She began her career in nursing and midwifery, working in both hospitals and the community. She spent seven years at the Cancer Council, building her skills as the Manager of Regional Support Services.

Sally has a love of fresh healthy food and has also spent time managing the cafe at the popular Perth City Farm.

"Supporting people with cancer has taught me gratitude, the value of life, and how important it is to keep living the best life I can. Meeting new people in diverse communities has allowed me to understand the importance of 'personalised' supportive care in the world of cancer."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moira Waters

McGrath Breast Care Nurse

Starting her career as a surgical nurse in the UK, Moira gained many years’ experience caring for women undergoing breast surgery on a female general surgical ward and a dedicated breast care ward.

Migrating to Perth in 2008 with her family, Moira spent some time working in critical care areas before she had the opportunity to return to breast care nursing.

Moira has developed a keen interest in the positive effect social support can have on stress, adaptation and coping throughout her twenty year nursing career and gained more valuable experience at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Breast Clinic prior to joining Breast Cancer Care WA in early 2013.

Moira has worked hard to gain her Post Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing.

"I feel truly honoured to be working amongst such an experienced and dedicated team who strive on a daily basis to meet the organisations goal of providing the best individualised support to clients and their families. Seeing the difference our support can make to the lives of the inspiring people we meet every day is so rewarding"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Waton

Brady Breast Care Nurse

Maria started her career in the UK in acute medicine and oncology and later specialised in neurosurgery.

She then trained as a District Nurse and spent the next 15 years delivering nursing care in the community. This varied role saw Maria supporting patients with complex health care needs including those with long term chronic conditions and cancer. She also provided palliative care and nursing in the home and later took on a teaching role to educate other nurses and carers in this field.

Maria completed a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies in 2009 and migrated to Perth in 2010, where she joined the acute oncology unit at St John of God Hospital in the role of Breast Care Nurse and Clinical Nurse Consultant in Cancer Services.

Maria finds the breast care nurse role particularly rewarding, utilising all of her previous experience to support people from diagnosis and throughout their cancer journey.

Currently Maria is in the process of completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing.

“I believe in the best possible care for the individual; physically, mentally and spiritually and to meet these needs requires a cohesive team, who are skilled and can work in collaboration. I am so pleased to be working in such a team. This is a special role and I feel strongly about the importance of delivery of quality client care to meet positive outcomes”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Grennan

McGrath Breast Care Nurse

Diane

After training in England and beginning her nursing career in neurosciences and intensive care, Diane developed an interest in complex pain management, especially in people with advanced cancer and subsequently moved into palliative care nursing in 1995. She worked in a variety of different settings including inpatients units, hospice and community palliative care, utilizing a team approach to provide holistic management of people with advanced malignant and non-malignant conditions.

In Australia, Diane worked as a Breast Care Nurse and Clinical Research Nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and completed a Master of Palliative Care qualification at ECU in 2010. She is now interested in studying for a formal counselling qualification in the near future.

Prior to joining Breast Cancer Care WA, Diane worked with Cancer Council as a Cancer Support Coordinator, looking at holistic assessment and provision of psychosocial support to people following a cancer diagnosis.

"I firmly believe that anyone who is faced with or who may care for someone with a cancer diagnosis, should be able to access information and support freely to assist them in all stages of their cancer journey. Working as part of a dedicated, specialized team such as Breast Cancer Care WA will enable me to provide a personalized, holistic service to clients and their families, as they try to cope with the challenges associated with a breast cancer diagnosis."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Sprigg

McGrath Metastatic Breast Care Nurse

Karen brought a wealth of experience in oncology and palliative care nursing to Breast Cancer Care WA when she joined in September 2015. For the past seven years, she has worked as a breast care nurse at RPH Breast Assessment Clinic, Sir Charlie Gardiner Hospital Breast Centre and as a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in Hobart, Tasmania where she worked closely with women with metastatic breast cancer, including co-facilitating a support program.

Karen has joined the team at Breast Cancer Care WA, as the first dedicated breast care nurse for people affected with metastatic disease thanks to the funding from McGrath Foundation. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to serve women with metastatic disease in this new role, and aims to provide individualised, co-ordinated, and high quality care.

When not at work, Karen enjoys bush or beach walking, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, and the company of good friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aileen McCaul

Counsellor

Aileen

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Aileen spent a number of years working in London and Japan before settling in Perth.

She spent the best part of a decade in rural Japan, teaching English in both secondary schools and University and after arriving in Australia obtained a Masters of Health Counselling from Curtin University. She was able to combine the two passions in 2012 by teaching a counselling skills course for adults at Tuart Hill College.

Aileen has a strong interest in working with women and comes to Breast Cancer Care WA after 4 years working at Relationships Australia where she ran a program for women and children who had experienced trauma and abuse. Working with women both individually as well as in group settings was extremely rewarding work which greatly contributed to Aileen's passion to provide free supportive services to women in need.

Aileen joined Breast Cancer Care WA in June 2012.

"What attracts me to the work at Breast Cancer Care WA is the vision of providing free personalised services to women at a time in their life that can be particularly challenging and being part of a team that provides such a positive social response is both professionally and personally very rewarding for me"

Linda Garrett

Counsellor

Linda

Linda has spent the past seven years practicing initially as an Art Therapist (Dip. TAT – Ikon Institute) and then as a Counsellor (B. Couns. - University of Notre Dame). Her private practice has evolved to a point of incorporating other practitioners to work in her Centre with a focus on counselling and creating balance.   

Having spent several years involved in community arts and festivals as a volunteer, running various youth and adult groups in the community, Linda enjoys both individual and couple counselling as well as group facilitation. Linda has experience in helping people with cancer, chronic pain and illness, addictive behaviour and mental health difficulties.

Linda joined Breast Cancer Care WA in August 2013. Taking a holistic perspective while walking alongside each person is most important to her. She believes that gently connecting and being with someone in the face of adversity creates a relationship for collaborative efforts towards finding their inner wisdom and resilience – to be able to move forward, tackling new experiences with confidence.  An integrative, humanistic therapeutic approach provides the foundations for Linda’s work.

“I feel most grateful and privileged to be a part of Breast Cancer Care WA, to bear witness to the stories of others and to be able to provide assistance in as many areas of a person’s life experience as possible.  I never cease to be inspired by the courage and capacity of the human spirit.”

Jacqui Cairns

Counsellor

Jacqui

Jacqui first joined Breast Cancer Care WA in April 2015, on a fixed term contract as Counsellor to fill in for staff on long leave.  She finds her role as a Counsellor both challenging and very rewarding.

Jacqui has a nursing background which adds to her understanding of clients’ journeys and complements her role as Counsellor at BCCWA.  She spent almost 20 years overseas (Egypt, Oman, Malaysia and UK) where she had various cultural, lifestyle, motherhood and working experiences.

Jacqui completed a double degree in Behavioural Science and Counselling and did further post graduate studies in Mental Health Counselling at The University of Notre Dame.  She is also involved in her private practice where she and her partner facilitate mental health wellness workshops. Resilience and Mindfulness are topics that Jacqui feels passionate about and brings this into her counselling. She feels that if you can learn to increase your resilience skills and practice mindfulness then you have a good basis for dealing with whatever life may throw at you.  

Jacqui considers Breast Cancer Care WA is a great organisation as it makes such a difference for its clients and it provides such a positive working environment with a great team of people.

 "I love it when I see a client have a 'lightbulb moment' - when they have insights into their inner strengths."

Katie Marsh

Counsellor

Katie Marsh Counsellor

Katie joined the team in late 2017 and became a permanent part of the Services staff in January 2018. She has previously spent time working in the field of Alcohol and Other Drugs, and is also currently a Family Support Worker.

Katie spent 26 years teaching English for all age groups in Australia, England and Cambodia. She lived in Cambodia for six months during 2016/2017, volunteering with a number of community organisations.

In her spare time Katie is an avid dancer. She aims to learn a new style of dance every year, this year focusing on Mauritian Sega and African dance. 

"I am really happy to be a part of an organisation that can be of so much assistance to a client, including offering counselling, organising cleaning, financial help and transport to appointments. It is so rewarding to be able to say "We can help with that!" and relieve the burden a little bit at such a trying time. I enjoy being a part of such a dedicated team."

Lucinda Watts

Support Services Coordinator

Lucinda Watts

Lucinda joined the team in August 2015 as Client Liaison Officer. After working for 18 months in that role, and a brief break, she returned in October 2017 as Support Services Coordinator. 

Lucinda has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a Post Graduate degree in Public Health. She has previously worked in the realm of research, including working on breast cancer research trials. She is extremely passionate about helping the WA community and making a difference to people's lives. She finds her work at Breast Cancer Care WA extremely rewarding.

Outside of work, Lucinda enjoys playing netball, reading fiction novels, and cooking.

"I have a real passion for helping people, especially those who are going through a tough time. My work at Breast Cancer Care WA has allowed me to do what I love and I feel very privileged to work for such an organisation like this and amongst a great team of like-minded people."

Janine McMahon

Volunteer Coordinator

Janine

Janine joins Breast Cancer Care WA bringing with her over 25 years experience in Corporate Reception/Administration.  Janine has spent the last 2 years assisting her husband to set up their own family business.  She is very family orientated and has a passion for making a difference to the lives of those around her. She has been a regular volunteer at the Boobalicious Ball and various other charity events.

“I feel very privileged to be working with such an amazing organisation that I have had the pleasure of actively supporting for over 10 years”

Jodie Fraser

Bookkeeper

Jodie

Jodie joined the team in February 2014 and brings with her many years of bookkeeping experience. Growing up in rural WA, she is a family orientated, outdoors loving person and lives by the mantra ‘make the most of every minute, enjoy what you do, live your life with love, grace and gratitude’. 

After using her bookkeeping skills for small businesses for several years, Jodie moved into the not for profit area in 2013 working for EON Foundation until joining Breast Cancer Care WA.

“I have found working for a not for profit organisation to be extremely satisfying knowing you are part of such a passionate team of people who are really making a difference to families and individuals affected by breast cancer.”

Sue Curtis

Office Coordinator/Receptionist

Sue joined BCCWA in July 2018 as part of the Individual Giving team and in February 2019 changed roles to become Office Co-ordinator/Receptionist. Previously Sue was a small business owner and manager for over 20 years. She passionate about home interiors and has a certificate in Interior Design and Decorating. Family is very important to Sue and she loves spending time with them. Sue can be found at the beach during summer and she is very involved with grass roots netball during winter.

"After working solo for so long I absolutely love being part of wonderful team of women who help make such a difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer."

Amy Hawkes

Individual Giving Manager

Amy

Amy started her career in sports presentation and first moved into fundraising in 2010. She has worked for many high profile sporting companies, a highlight of which was her time spent at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Amy first joined the Breast Cancer Care WA team in 2010 in the role of Event & Sponsorship Coordinator, before leaving for maternity leave in 2013. After a brief reprise in 2015 between having her two daughters, Amy returned to the team as Volunteer Coordinator. She is now branching out into the world of Individual Giving, working closely with our Support Crew to build a community of monthly donors.

She is an avid netball player and applies her team spirit to everything she does. She is inspired by the team of people she works with and the amazing role Breast Cancer Care WA plays in the Western Australian community.

“Every day, working at Breast Cancer Care WA, I am inspired. I am inspired by the team I work with, the generosity of the WA community and, most importantly, the clients, who show such strength, resilience and good grace when their lives are turned upside down.” 

Fiona McGrath

Events Coordinator

Fiona joined the team in June this year as Events Coordinator. She has previously been involved in events such as the Avon Descent and Canoeing WA’s 50th Anniversary. She has made the move into the not-for-profit sector after working at Hollywood Private Hospital for the past ten years.

She has previously worked in management roles in the hospitality and tourism industries. Fiona enjoys cooking, being outdoors and art and design. She hopes to bring her love of people to her role by creating amazing events that will help raise funds to support people affected by breast cancer in WA.

“I am so excited to be a part of the team at Breast Cancer Care WA. I am already blown away by the generosity of the people of WA in their gifting of their time and services and I am looking forward to continuing the work of helping and supporting people who have been touched by breast cancer.”

Wenny Gowinda

Database Coordinator

Wenny Gowinda

Wenny joined the team as Database Coordinator in December 2017. She began her career as a sales coordinator, moving into administration, accounting and finance, data storage and finally data management. She has worked in the Oil & Gas industry for over 15 years in both Indonesia and Australia.

Wenny moved to Perth in 2008 from Indonesia, and has since become an avid volunteer in her local community. She enjoys photography, travelling, and cooking, in her spare time. Wenny is excited to work with a group of ordinary women who have extraordinary knowledge, skills, and hearts full of love.

"I am excited to use my knowledge and skills to make a difference for others in the community. I choose to be contagious with love and courage, therefore I would love to see others experiencing the same in their journey of life."