FORMER Labor politician Jim McGinty has been appointed chairman of Cannington-based Communicare.
Former Health Minister, Attorney General and Fremantle MLA, Mr McGinty had a 19-year history in Parliament, also acting as the the Labor Party Leader and Opposition Leader from 1994 to 1996.
He retired from politics in 2009, and now volunteers with Fremantle Sea Rescue and is a member of the Independent Media Council, also sitting on the boards of Brightwater Care Group and Access Housing.
Mr McGinty was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to law reform and the Parliament of Western Australia.
Communicare chief executive officer Melissa Perry said the organisation was delighted to attract someone of Mr McGinty’s calibre to chair the board.
“Jim has an incredible reputation as one of Labor’s great reformers, and we are honoured that he has agreed to join the Communicare team in this important role,” she said.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Shelena Serrano for being our acting chair since June 2017.
“Shelena has been our vice chairperson since 2015 and we extend our gratitude to her for stepping into this important role whilst we identified and engaged our chairperson.”
Communicare is a not-for-profit organisation providing community services.