Shalom House founder Peter Lyndon James in the running again for Western Australian of the Year

Peter Lyndon-James from Shalom House. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d468014
Peter Lyndon-James from Shalom House. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d468014

SHALOM House founder and recently-elected City of Swan councillor Peter Lyndon James is in the running for a second year in a row for Western Australian of the Year.

The Henley Brook resident is among a medical researcher, a doctor for the homeless, champions for women and seniors, an Aboriginal storyteller and sportspeople who have been nominated for using their profile to make a difference.

Coming from a broken home, Mr Lyndon-James was in and out of prisons from the age of nine, and addicted to drugs for 26 years.

In 2001, the one-time career criminal left prison for the last time, studied theology and spent five years as a volunteer chaplain at Acacia Prison.

In 2012, he opened Shalom House in Perth’s Swan Valley, a 140-bed facility he calls “the strictest rehab in Australia”.

The Western Australia Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on November 22, 2017 at Government House in Perth.

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