Black Dog Ride's Team

Steve Andrews - Founder

Steve Andrews, Founder of Black Dog Ride. Image by Roger Clark, ENVY Photography Depression has had a major impact on my life. Four weeks after the birth of my 4th child my mother tragically took her own life. I did not understand at the time why, but have subsequently discovered that she had for many years battled depression. That was over twenty years ago but I still carry the regret that I didn't know of her struggle with this silent killer and often wonder if things could have turned out differently had she and her family and friends been more aware of this illness. Awareness of this illness, and even the fact that it is an illness, will save lives.

STAFF TEAM

Chief Executive Officer - David Peach

Black Dog Ride's CEO David PeachDavid has spent three decades as a business owner, and also has a long history of service in the not for profit sector. First saddling up for Back Dog Ride in 2012, by 2016 David had signed up as Black Dog Ride's Penrith NSW Coordinator. David's business expertise combined with his passion suicide prevention led him to be appointed Black Dog Ride's inaugural CEO in June 2017.

Fiona Duffield - Community Development Manager

Black Dog Ride's Fiona DuffieldFiona responded to Steve's call for volunteer assistance in the early days and helped build Black Dog Ride's national presence with her skills in organisational administration, digital management, community development and not for profit governance, becoming an inaugural staff member in 2014. With nearly 20 years service in the sector, Fiona is committed to building healthy, resilient communities.

Rhonda James - Administration Assistant

Black Dog Ride's Rhonda JamesRhonda became involved with Black Dog Ride through her late husband, Les James, volunteering his time as a Coordinator. Since 2015, Rhonda generously volunteered her own time each week in Black Dog Ride's Head Office assisting with office duties and participating in two national rides. Rhonda was welcomed as a valued addition to Black Dog Ride's Staff Team in February 2017.

Black Dog Ride Staff Team June 2017

Black Dog Ride's Staff Team outside the Busselton Office, June 2017

VOLUNTEER TEAM

STATE COORDINATORS

These invaluable volunteers coordinate community projects within their state or territory, in addition to mentoring and supporting local Ride Coordinators. Black Dog Ride could not amplify our message of depression and suicide prevention awareness across the nation without the tireless efforts of our wonderful volunteer coordinators and their amazing teams.

New South Wales, Wayne Amor

Northern Territory Position Vacant

Queensland Michael Young

South Australia Merv Storton

Tasmania Betty Parssey

Victoria Bernie Garvey

Western Australia Laree Walker

1 Dayer 2018 Coordinators

Dozens of volunteers in each state and territory dedicate incalculable hours to developing and organising annual Black Dog Rides. They, and their volunteer teams, are an integral part of Black Dog Ride's success in raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

1 Dayer 2018

ACT Canberra: Deanne Vaughn
NSW Bathurst Rose Hancock; Byron Bay Bill Rodgers; Central Coast David Peach; Coffs Harbour Margaret Fairlie; Condobolin Anny Seaton; Dubbo Wayne Amor; Penrith Jason Kennedy; South Coast Paul Gaffney; Tamworth John Holyoake; Taree Mike Hudson; Wagga Wagga Graham Falconer
NT Alice Springs Julie Jasper; Darwin Ken Johnson
QLD Bundaberg/Maryborough Jol and Shanelle Clark; Cairns Leanne Dance; Darling Downs Clayton Cahill; Gold Coast Kylie Sage; Mackay Charles Linsley; Sunshine Coast Michael Young; Townsville Chris Dow
SA Kangaroo Island Steve Dixon; South Adelaide Craig Field; Port Augusta Merv Storton
TAS Campbelltown Betty Parssey
VIC Albury-Wodonga Mark Haley; Ballarat Mark Dwyer; Geelong Garry Stooke; La Trobe Valley Ron Ipsen; Melbourne North Steve Camm & Rebecca Pantelejenko; Mornington Ryan Jackson; North Central Diana Munro; Penshurst Heather Muskee and Neil Wiltshire; Wangaratta Jim Redmond
WA Avon Valley Laree Walker; Baldivis Chris Glover; Busselton Steve Ingram; Denmark Rob Woods; Geraldton Sandra McGillivray; Pilbara Leah Scholes and the Pilbara Motorcycle Sisters


WINSTON - MASCOT

Winston - The Black Dog Ride Mascot Winston was Steve's companion on the inaugural Black Dog Ride around Australia in 2009 and has been on every single Black Dog Ride! He also travels to agricultural shows, public forums and speaking engagements.

Winston has proven to be a brilliant tool for engaging the community of all ages about mental health awareness. You will see Winston on the bikes of Black Dog Riders right across the country. You can purchase your own Winston here.

Black Dog Ride's Mascot is named after Sir Winston Churchill, who famously diarised about being hounded by the "black dog of depression".

"Black Dog" is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation.The combination of 'blackness' with the negative connotations of 'dog, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever present companion, lurking in shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. - Paul Foley