About us

GSEDC History and Values

The Great Southern Employment Development Committee is one of the Great southern's longest standing Not-for-Profit organisations, first formed in 1987. Its longevity within the region is testament to the dedicated staff and members who've ensured the GSEDC remains relevant in the innovative and evolving Not-for-Profit sector for almost three decades.
 
We believe our longevity and flexibility differentiates us from other organisations.
 
Over the past decade the GSEDC has delivered programs in partnership with Government and community; including Indigenous employment, school-based mentoring, transitions to higher education, and policy improvement initiatives.
 
We currently deliver a Federally funded project for Empowering Youth Initiatives and a school attendance program for Prime Minister & Cabinet funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
 
We love what we do, and we exist to serve our local and regional community

Our Vision

GeorgiaJanelle Price
Executive Officer
GSEDC Executive Officer Janelle Price holds a BA (English & History) and was awarded Runner-up Dux at UWA (Albany, 2012). Between 1994 and 2003 Janelle expatriated, during which time she worked with communities in West Africa, India and PNG to establish micro business and community ventures. In 2004 she returned to Australia and established a family beef cattle enterprise whilst completing her BA. Since 2007 she has worked throughout the Great Southern on regional development initiatives and social support programing variously funded by DIaC, ABS Census Division, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, and the WA Department of Local Government and Communities.

GeorgiaGeorgia Scott
Administration Officer
Georgia recently joined the GSEDC to assist both the Young Harvest and Indigenous Advancement Strategy programs.
She is an enthusiastic and energetic young person determined to help people achieve their potential.
Georgia has worked in the administration and employment services industries and understands the many barriers that youth face in obtaining meaningful and on-going employment.
She is looking forward to working in such innovative programs that are destined to secure positive outcomes for young people.
Lee Lee Madden 
Supported Employment Unit Co-ordinator
Lee is the "say what you mean ... and mean what say" person in the Young Harvest team. Lee is a big lady with a big heart, and she is determined to help create big opportunities for youth in the Great Southern. Lee has worked passionately for over a decade  at the 'coal face' of various demanding community service programs; she believes that relationships are built with give and take, honesty, and by being thoughtful, honest and frank. Lee was a Yank who left the USA searching for a home, and found it in Albany more then 30 years ago. For her, life is all about family, integrity, working hard for what you believe in, and having a bit of fun with a genuine laugh too.
An advocate of Social Responsibility and Equal Opportunity, Lee strives to help others to achieve their goals, so we can all contribute to building a strong community. You'll find her to be a 'keep it real' lady.
ShonaShona Holland
Indigenous Advancement Strategy Family Liaison Worker
Shona is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Indigenous people and feels honoured to work in a role that comes with great responsibility in furthering people’s rights. She has a diverse employment background working in roles from banking through to aviation security. Shona has now found her calling where her work is based on becoming pro-active within the Indigenous community.
MelMelissa Rumball
Young Harvest Youth Worker
Mel has been working with Youth Industry for 15 years ranging from Youth Outreach to Justice. She is very passionate about the youth of today and the barriers they are facing.  Mel is very excited about being part of a dynamic and inspiring project and believes it has the potential to change young people’s lives. 

VanessaVanessa White
Youth Support Officer
Ness wants to put a SMILE on your face !!  Children, adults and youth are attracted to her bubbly personality. She is very easy to get along with. Ness loves to have fun and wants people to believe in themselves, let go, and laugh a lot!  Ness is very excited to be part of this dynamic new EYI team that will help young people understand what they need to do to become get a job and stay employed. She has always been involved in helping youth through various different employment options – and this is her dream job. Ness wants to help young people find their dream job too, because she's living proof it's possible!!
IanIan Beeck
Young Harvest Youth Worker
Ian is a voracious traveller and award-winning journalist who has made the journey into now assisting young people into social enterprise projects. He has previously worked in youth counselling, job networks, coordinating Indigenous employment and training in the Great Southern and managed the delivery of high-intensity workshops to pre and post-release prisoners. Ian has also published two novels. He is excited to be involved in this ground-breaking initiative which he believes will radically change and improve the direction of youth employment.

Eliza WoodsEliza Woods
Indigenous Advancement Strategy Family Liaison Worker
Eliza is a respected Noongar matriarch of the Great Southern and has dedicated her life to assisting her people to empower them. She has been active in numerous roles for 40 years in community welfare, education, housing, employment, mentoring, education, training…you name it, Eliza has done it so Noongar people get the best outcomes possible. She wants to keep giving back to her community and has no plans to stop yet.
Eliza WoodsShaydan Riley
Shaydan has joined the GSEDC as our Trainee to help us deliver Noongar Kids in School.
Shaydan started at Young Harvest in July 2016 and showed enormous personality and potential; he’s just great at working with people of all ages and has a calm and considerate manner. He was interested in doing community work, and in particular working with his own Noongar community on issues and challenges faced by them. He is now a mentor in the Noongar Kids in School Program, and in the midst of completing his Community Work Cert III. Shaydan is an asset to our team and we are proud to support him to develop his career and his skills.
Eliza WoodsNicolette Mulcahy
Project Officer – Young Harvest
Nic brings enthusiasm and energy to the team.  She is passionate about the prospects of regional youth and has previously worked as a trainer for long term unemployed jobseekers.  Nic worked in the casino and convention industry for many years and has lived in Albany for more than 18 years.  She brings strong administration and project management skills to our staff team. Born in Tasmania and raised on a fine wool farm on Bruny Island, Nic possesses farming knowledge and isn’t afraid to muck in with Young Harvesters.  She also serves on several community based boards and foundations in Albany and is passionate about grass-roots community development. A mother of two, she brings hope for the future. Nic is practical realistic person; for her it’s all about building the self-esteem of our youth and empowering them to embrace their aspirations.