Willetton: new Zonta HQ to be named Lois Goodram Centre

Vanessa Buffham, Rachael Chenhall, Kelda Opperman, Gabby Del Borrello, Michelle Ledgard, Zoe Bosch and Dorte Dyrbye Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d479274
Vanessa Buffham, Rachael Chenhall, Kelda Opperman, Gabby Del Borrello, Michelle Ledgard, Zoe Bosch and Dorte Dyrbye Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d479274

THE newly refurbished headquarters for Zonta in Willetton will soon be known as the Lois Goodram Centre.

The purchase of the building means Zonta can, for the first time this year, offer its Positive Pathways programs in-house in a beautiful, calm room appointed to welcome women who may be learning parenting tips or self-defence, or about financial management.

Referrals for the classes are now open, and women can self refer via the Positive Pathways website.

A substantial donation by a woman called Lois Goodram helped the Zonta House Refuge Association purchase the building, Zonta chief executive Kelda Oppermann said.

“We needed a premise that could home our corporate body, our education programs and growing outreach programs,” she said.

“It needed to be within our current corridor and close to public transport for the women we work with.

“In August 2016 we came across the Willetton premise that was in our current corridor, within our price range and had the bones of what we needed.

“We applied for a Lotterywest grant to do the required renovations and were successful,” Ms Opperman said.

“The outside is currently a priority for the strata which we are hoping will be done in the coming months.

“It is a significant milestone and one we look forward to sharing with our stakeholders.”

The Positive Pathways program, which is run by Zonta House Refuge Association in Perth was established to service women who have experienced or are at risk of family and/or domestic violence, mental health issues and homelessness or any other crisis in their life.

Visit positivepathways.org.au for more information or email admin@positivepathways.org.au.

Community engagement officer Vanessa Buffham said workshops could cater for 18 to 20 women at a time and all workshops were free.

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