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ABOUT US

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Our Vision

Working to create a more just society.

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Our Mission

Honouring people’s diverse experiences to achieve inclusive understanding for LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians

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Our Values

Pride - Cultural  Safety - Innovation
Flexibility - Respect - Inclusion

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Working It Out (WIO) acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Tasmania, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community.

We also acknowledge LGBTIQ+ advocates, friends and allies whose courage and strengths have helped to make this a more just society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex populations and their friends and families.  Their commitment to change, their resistance and courage to achieve justice has impacted on all of us to some degree.  For some of us there is on-going hurt, anger or frustration. We are mindful of this in both the way we work and engage with others.

History

OUR HISTORY

WIO is Tasmania’s only dedicated LGBTIQ+ support, advocacy and education service.

WIO emerged out of the campaign to decriminalise male homosexuality in Tasmanian in the 1990’s. The widespread community backlash against the decriminalisation led to a spike in suicides amongst young, gay Tasmanians. A number of concerned community members and allies formed a group to address this growing problem, eventually commissioning a report. This report, Working It Out: A needs-based analysis of sexual minority youth in North West Tasmania, called for the provision of specialist services to support Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ people and the organisation was thus born.

 

View Working It Out's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan below:

History
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LANGUAGE

WIO uses the umbrella term LGBTIQ+. However, when working within our population groups we use the language of the people in the room, mindful that there are diverse expressions of body, relationships, gender and biological sex. All language evolves and changes.  Using respectful and inclusive language means checking with the person about how they identify and the pronouns they use for themselves.

STAFF

ANDREWhe/him
LGBTIQ+ Support Officer (South)
ANIthey/them
LGBTIQ+ Support Officer (South)
CLAIREshe/her
Young people’s group facilitator
JENNYshe/her
Finance Officer
KAIhe/him
Gender group facilitator
LUCINDA (LUCY)she/her
Silver Rainbow Engagement Coordinator (State-wide)
OLIVIA (LIV)she/her
Community Engagement & Learning Officer (State-wide)
RUTHshe/her
Compliance Manager
XRISLGBTIQ+ Schools Inclusion Officer (State-wide)
MASONhe/him
LGBTIQ+ Community Worker (North)
TESSthey/them
LGBTIQ+ Community Worker (North West)

To contact any of our friendly staff, please email info@workingitout.org.au or call (03)6231 1200

Lynn Jarvis

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Lynn Jarvis - she/her

(BA Hons, BEd, EdD)

Lynn has worked in a variety of management and executive level positions across government, adult and higher education and the not-for-profit sector. While a born and bred Tasmanian, Lynn has also lived and worked in Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia.

A key theme of Lynn’s work is supporting those marginalised from opportunities to live full and inclusive lives in ways that are meaningful to them.  Her focus is on leading from a values-based position and on working towards a more just society for all.

Lynn lives with her wife and an assortment of chickens, paddy melons, native hens, rabbits and other wildlife on a small property south of Hobart.

Lynn Jarvis

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Lynn Jarvis - she/her

(BA Hons, BEd, EdD)

Lynn has worked in a variety of management and executive level positions across government, adult and higher education and the not-for-profit sector. While a born and bred Tasmanian, Lynn has also lived and worked in Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia.

A key theme of Lynn’s work is supporting those marginalised from opportunities to live full and inclusive lives in ways that are meaningful to them.  Her focus is on leading from a values-based position and on working towards a more just society for all.

Lynn lives with her wife and an assortment of chickens, paddy melons, native hens, rabbits and other wildlife on a small property south of Hobart.

STAFF

ANDREWhe/him
LGBTIQ+ Support Officer (South)
ANIthey/them
LGBTIQ+ Support Officer (South)
CLAIREshe/her
Young people’s group facilitator
JENNYshe/her
Finance Officer
KAIhe/him
Gender group facilitator
LUCINDA (LUCY)she/her
Silver Rainbow Engagement Coordinator (State-wide)
OLIVIA (LIV)she/her
Community Engagement & Learning Officer (State-wide)
RUTHshe/her
Compliance Manager
XRISLGBTIQ+ Schools Inclusion Officer (State-wide)
MASONhe/him
LGBTIQ+ Community Worker (North)
TESSthey/them
LGBTIQ+ Community Worker (North West)

STAFF

ANDREW - he/him


LGBTIQ+ Support Officer (South)
ANI - they/them

LGBTIQ+ Support Officer (South)
CLAIRE - she/her


Young people’s group facilitator
JENNY - she/her


Finance Officer
KAI - he/him


Gender group facilitator
LUCINDA (LUCY) - she/her

Silver Rainbow Engagement Coordinator (State-wide)
OLIVIA (LIV) - she/her


Community Engagement & Learning Officer (State-wide)
RUTH - she/her


Compliance Manager
XRIS

LGBTIQ+ Schools Inclusion Officer (State-wide)
MASON - he/him


LGBTIQ+ Community Worker (North)
TESS - they/them


LGBTIQ+ Community Worker (North West)

To contact any of our friendly staff, please email info@workingitout.org.au or call (03)6231 1200

Charlie

Dr Charlie Burton

(Convenor – he/him)

Charlie is the Manager of Policy at the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) and has a PhD in politics and history, with a focus on gender and sexuality. He has a long history of involving themselves in political and social campaigns to change unfair laws, policies and practices that result in discrimination, stigma and inequality. Charlie joined WIO to support its valuable work and advocate for sustainable and long-term funding. He has a personal interest in advocating for the rights of trans/gender diverse community and is a member of Transforming Tasmania and Equality Tasmania.

Mara

Mara Schneiders

(Secretary – she/her)

Mara is a Social Worker who has worked extensively in welfare, health and educational settings throughout Tasmania, principally in the north of the state. Mara currently works as a consultant and has re-joined the WIO Board after being a part of the organisation in its early days. She is keen to continue to support WIO to evolve and grow and to offer her skills and experience in relation to organisation structure service provision, risk and compliance. Outside of work and WIO , Mara is also an active member of Returned Australian Volunteer Network and her local Food Co-op.

Anna McNabsml

Anna McNab

(Treasurer – she /her)

Anna is qualified Certified Practicing Accountant with extensive accounting and auditing experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors. Anna currently works as a Finance Business Partner at TasNetworks. Anna brings a great mix of enthusiasm, technical knowledge and analytical skills to her role as Treasurer on the WIO Board and she is keen to use these skills to contribute to the wider community. Anna is a proud Kiwi and has made Tassie her home after living in the UK for nearly 10 years, she loves getting out for a bush walk and adventure outside. She also has an interest in strength sports and has competed in both Powerlifting and Strongwomen in the UK and Australia.

dani

Dani Cairns

(she/her)

Dani is a Biochemist turned Designer and then Builder - proud of and passionate about what we can create together, for each other. Previously, Convenor of The Women's Library, Newtown, Sydney which did then and continues now to provide both reading resources and a social hub for the community. Currently, organiser of ‘A Twist of Lemons’, a welcoming social space for queer women, diversity and allies. Dani remembers how it was to be "working it out" and regards the opportunity to contribute to an organisation whose primary focus is inclusion and acceptance, and whose ethos of care and understanding she shares, to be an opportunity to give back to her community. Dani loves to create beautiful things, dip in the ocean at dawn and hike solo, long distance in wilderness.

Mark

Mark Newell

(he/him)

Mark is a WHS and Wellbeing consultant, a role he transitioned to after a long career in Hospitality and Training. Mark has a certificate in Business, and Diplomas in Work Health and Safety, Vocational Education and Training and Human Resource Management. He is keen to give back to the LGBTIQ+ community, being one of those who, many years ago, were “queer, here and moved to the mainland”. Mark’s special areas of interest are risk and compliance and supporting WIO to grow as a strong and sustainable organisation. Mark volunteers with Workskills, the National Trust (ghost tours!) and takes a keen interest in learning more about his heritage as a First Nations person.

Matty Wright

Matty Wright

(they/them)

Matty is an activist, volunteer and student. They are a founding member of Transforming Tasmania and involved in local, national and international human rights issues. Matty is interested in supporting the rights and inclusion of all marginalised Tasmanians, with a special interest in gender diversity, WHS and strategy. In their spare time, Matty likes to volunteer, garden and repair things.

Charlie

Dr Charlie Burton

(Convenor – he/him)

Charlie is the Manager of Policy at the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) and has a PhD in politics and history, with a focus on gender and sexuality. He has a long history of involving themselves in political and social campaigns to change unfair laws, policies and practices that result in discrimination, stigma and inequality. Charlie joined WIO to support its valuable work and advocate for sustainable and long-term funding. He has a personal interest in advocating for the rights of trans/gender diverse community and is a member of Transforming Tasmania and Equality Tasmania.

Mara

Mara Schneiders

(Secretary – she/her)

Mara is a Social Worker who has worked extensively in welfare, health and educational settings throughout Tasmania, principally in the north of the state. Mara currently works as a consultant and has re-joined the WIO Board after being a part of the organisation in its early days. She is keen to continue to support WIO to evolve and grow and to offer her skills and experience in relation to organisation structure service provision, risk and compliance. Outside of work and WIO , Mara is also an active member of Returned Australian Volunteer Network and her local Food Co-op.

Anna McNabsml

Anna McNab

(Treasurer – she /her)

Anna is qualified Certified Practicing Accountant with extensive accounting and auditing experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors. Anna currently works as a Finance Business Partner at TasNetworks. Anna brings a great mix of enthusiasm, technical knowledge and analytical skills to her role as Treasurer on the WIO Board and she is keen to use these skills to contribute to the wider community. Anna is a proud Kiwi and has made Tassie her home after living in the UK for nearly 10 years, she loves getting out for a bush walk and adventure outside. She also has an interest in strength sports and has competed in both Powerlifting and Strongwomen in the UK and Australia.

dani

Dani Cairns

(she /her)

Dani is a Biochemist turned Designer and then Builder - proud of and passionate about what we can create together, for each other. Previously, Convenor of The Women's Library, Newtown, Sydney which did then and continues now to provide both reading resources and a social hub for the community. Currently, organiser of ‘A Twist of Lemons’, a welcoming social space for queer women, diversity and allies. Dani remembers how it was to be "working it out" and regards the opportunity to contribute to an organisation whose primary focus is inclusion and acceptance, and whose ethos of care and understanding she shares, to be an opportunity to give back to her community. Dani loves to create beautiful things, dip in the ocean at dawn and hike solo, long distance in wilderness.

Mark

Mark Newell

(he/him)

Mark is a WHS and Wellbeing consultant, a role he transitioned to after a long career in Hospitality and Training. Mark has a certificate in Business, and Diplomas in Work Health and Safety, Vocational Education and Training and Human Resource Management. He is keen to give back to the LGBTIQ+ community, being one of those who, many years ago, were “queer, here and moved to the mainland”. Mark’s special areas of interest are risk and compliance and supporting WIO to grow as a strong and sustainable organisation. Mark volunteers with Workskills, the National Trust (ghost tours!) and takes a keen interest in learning more about his heritage as a First Nations person.

Matty Wright

Matty Wright

(they/them)

Matty is an activist, volunteer and student. They are a founding member of Transforming Tasmania and involved in local, national and international human rights issues. Matty is interested in supporting the rights and inclusion of all marginalised Tasmanians, with a special interest in gender diversity, WHS and strategy. In their spare time, Matty likes to volunteer, garden and repair things.

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