Committee Members

Lidia Di Lembo - Chairperson

Lidia is the Founding Director of SabrinasReach4Life Incorporated and mother to daughter Sabrina Josephine who took her life in August 2017. Following the loss of Sabrina, Lidia with her husband Michael, family and friends embarked on a community raising campaign which included a 3,000km fundraising bicycle ride from Adelaide to Darwin to raise awareness of suicide, to help reduce the stigma of mental illness, promote mental health. A total of $100,000 was donated to the Black Dog Institute and some funds helped establish a Sabrina Di Lembo Memorial Scholarship at Charles Darwin University. Lidia is committed to pursue systemic change in suicide prevention, passionate to advocate for those impacted by suicide, or those caring for someone who is in distress and need of either peer   led support or professional assistance; and bringing the sector together by forging strong collaborative partnerships to help reduce loss of life and trauma in our community. 

In 2019, she established the first Suicide Bereavement Support group in Darwin, is Co-Chair of Postvention Australia. She is a member of: QLD & NT State Committee for Suicide Prevention Australia, the StandBY National Lived Experience Advisory Group, Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Collective, the Wayback Service Advisory Group (TeamHEALTH).  Lidia was the Coordinator of the World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 NT Forum and WSPD Breakfast event in 2019 Professionally, she works for the NT Department of Health and has over 30 years of public service experience working in leadership positions across both the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government.   


Bogusia Goring - Secretary

Bogusia is the secretary of SabrinasReach4Life Incorporated. Working in the Victorian Education Dept for 20 years, of which 12 of those years as a School Services Officer implementing and coordinating programs for children with special needs within a mainstream Primary School environment. The remainder 8 years working as an administration/finance officer within the Primary School setting. On becoming a permanent resident in the NT in 2015 Bogusia acquired a position with the Salvation Army Homelessness Residential + Alcohol and Other Drugs rehabilitation at Sunrise Centre and in 2018 as a Rental Officer with the YWCA of Darwin Housing Program. Having Lived Experience Bogusia understands the support availability challenges of those bereaved by suicide in the NT. In 2018 SabrinasReach4Life established a Bereaved By suicide Support Group for those in need of support. Bogusia is committed in helping to improve support in reducing the stigma of suicide and advocate in the intervention, prevention and postvention of suicide, and other health services.


Joe DeLuca - Treasurer

Joe migrated to Darwin as a child in 1961. Joe is Lidia's brother and has been involved with SR4L since inception as was part of the support team on the Adelaide to Darwin ride. As a Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA) he has worked in both the NT and Commonwealth Government in a range of senior management positions for over 35 years. Whilst with the Commonwealth, Joe worked with the then Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Joe also spent 5 years in program delivery of Indigenous Art, Broadcasting, Language, Culture and Sports programs in NT government.  He is passionate about promoting, preserving, and maintaining cultural identity, language, and heritage, having been a community radio broadcaster and an in-house trainer for over 25 years.
Joe is also a strong advocate for the Ethnic Community and has promoted Territory issues at a national level with both the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasting Council (NEMBC). Joe continues to serve on several NT based community organisations including the Royal Life Saving Society NT. 


Coral Osborn - Committee Member

Coral has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Loss and Grief); is a Crisis Support Counsellor with Lifeline and is currently a consultant with a Brisbane based agency delivering human resource services. In her Lifeline role she is involved in suicide prevention and supporting people who have been affected by suicide. Before moving to Queensland, Coral lived and worked in Darwin for more than 30 years and is aware of the unique societal and environmental context of life in the Northern Territory. She remains linked to Darwin through family and friends as well as the desire to contribute to suicide prevention and improvement in the services available to people who have been impacted by suicide. 


Joan Washington - Committee Member

Joan is coordinator of Standby Support after Suicide NT, Suicide Postvention Service. Working with suicide affected across the Northern Territory, including remote communities and larger centres.  Joan is the Regional Trauma Trainer for BlueKnot for Northern Territory. Specialist Trainer/Educator with over 18 years’ experience working with individuals, families and communities affected by migration and other trauma experiences. Experienced case manager of complex clients including torture and trauma survivors and asylum seekers, this has included children, adolescents, and adults individually and as family or otherwise connected groups.


Irene Stark - Committee Member

Irene has lived in Darwin for nearly 30 years and has been a committee member of SabrinasReach4Life Incorporated since its inception.   Irene is a social worker and English as a second language teacher and has a Social Work Flinders University Degree.  Irene has had many years of experience working with government delivering counselling to trauma affected serving members and families. She has also worked with various refugee agencies both in Darwin and Queensland.  Irene is aware of the health and support availability challenges facing many of those bereaved by suicide in the NT and is committed to helping to improve services regarding suicide bereavement and prevention.


Pauline Neil - Committee Member

Pauline has extensive experience in the youth sector, primarily in local government where she has held senior management positions. Pauline has coordinated youth services for the City of Springvale and Greater Dandenong and is currently the Coordinator of Youth Development for Macedon Ranges Shire Council in regional Victoria. Early in Pauline’s career her work was centred around direct support for young refugees, crisis support, youth housing and alcohol and other drugs. Pauline’s current role seeks to develop the community’s capacity to better understand and support young people in regional Victoria, requiring a different focus to that of metro Melbourne. Pauline is a cofounder of Live4Life. Pauline has recently been awarded Master Instructor by Mental Health First Aid Australia.


 

Robyn Westerman - Committee Member

Robyn is a committee member of SabrinasReach4Life Inc.  She is particularly interested in advocacy for better mental health services for young people and their families with mental illness and in raising awareness of mental health issues and mental illness in the general community.  Robyn is an Occupational Therapist and has worked in the mental health area and throughout the Northern Territory.


Marina Vannucci - Committee Member

Bio to come......


Past Management Committee members: Nikki Ryder, Lydia Gawa, Felix Matarazzo, Matt Hull, Maria Vescan

Sub Committee: 

Bereavement Support Group - Joan Washington, Bogusia Goring, Joe DeLuca, Maria Vescan, Robyn Westerman

Advocacy and Capacity Building - Pauline Neil, Lidia Di Lembo, Coral Osborne, Irene Stark

Governance and Risk - Joe De Luca, Lidia DiLembo, Bogusia Goring