Our team is passionate about Recovery College.
Our Recovery College team is comprised of a manager, education officer, administration officer and our educators; those with lived experience and mental health professionals. Our team are passionate about Recovery College and supporting all participants to have experience Community Learning Growth in the programs they attend.
Our engagement officer works with Recovery College students to support their participation and learning.
Recovery College Staff
Manager – Jayke Burgess
Jayke Burgess has worked across the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, managing a variety of programs including mental health support, disability support, homelessness and children’s programs. Most recently Jayke managed the NDIS Local Area Coordination program for Western Sydney. Jayke has a Bachelor of Social Science and is studying a Masters of Law and Ethics because he believes and is passionate about human rights and social justice. Jayke believes education is the key to lifelong success and works to remove obstacles created by lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power, and Jayke hopes to use and share the knowledge he has in the Western Sydney Recovery College.
Education Officer – Annie West
Annie West has had a diverse career in public sector management including managing the Training & Education function for the NSW Attorney General’s Dept, managing the Community Justice Centres mediation program in Western NSW and Western Sydney, and Deputy Registrar of the NSW Drug Court. Most recently Annie was the coordinator of the Western Sydney Recovery College and was instrumental in the establishment of the college as an ongoing program. Annie has a lifelong commitment to providing accessible learning and education opportunities and the role of learning in transforming lives.
Administration Officer – Maryanne Doherty
Maryanne’s background is in administration with an education focus, previously working for a non-profit member-based training organisation. Maryanne strongly believes in the power of education to change people’s lives for the better, and she thinks that the Recovery College model holds much promise for helping and connecting a community of people in sharing their experiences and knowledge about mental health. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing), enjoys reading and seeing live music and theatre.