Dawn is a Wadandi woman of the Noongar Nation who has accumulated a work history of more than 40 years. She has been the CEO of Yorganop Association since 1997, and has over 30 years’ experience in the community sector, dedicating herself to improving support for vulnerable children, youth, families and communities.

Dawn has been a proactive advocate for Aboriginal children and families at local, state, national and international forums. She served as a Board member for over 20 years with SNAICC and was a founding member of the Nyoongar Outreach Service and the Noongar Child Protection Council (now the Noongar Family Safety & Wellbeing Council). She has also served as an elected representative for the Karlkarniny Regional Council of ATSIC, and is the current chair of West Coast Language Development Centre. She is highly committed to ensuring excellence in governance and service provision.

Dawn was the 2018 recipient of the Community Services Excellence Award for ‘Excellence in Leadership’.  She is an inductee of the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and was a finalist for the Aboriginal Award in the 2019 West Australian of the Year Awards.