Seeds of Affinity members, including our patrons, board and volunteers, as well as participants and supporters are all part of a dedicated movement for basic human rights of criminalised women and their children.
The executive committee meets once a month to formally record and steer the activities of Seeds of Affinity. We are a rag tag mix of women and non-binary folks from many walks of life and we want it this way. We have women with lived experience, people from criminalised groups, unionists, community & support workers, lawyers and academics to name a few.
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Heather Stokes is well respected South Australian barrister and solicitor who is known for her work representing the women in Adelaide Women’s Prison. Her legal career spans more than 30 years. She lends a strong voice to rights of women in the criminal justice system. She is also a passionate mentor of final year and graduate law students.
Dr Maria Giannacopolous
Born in Sydney and of Greek heritage, Dr Maria Giannacopoulos is Senior Lecturer in Sociolegal Studies and Criminology in the College of Business Government and Law at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She has published widely on the ways that colonial control endures through law and criminal justice systems. In 2020 she collaborated with Professor Biko Agozino to produce a special issue of the journal Globalizations themed ‘Law, Love and Decolonization’ arguing that law is in need of decolonization, especially the law systems that structure settler colonial societies. In 2020 she received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Decolonising Criminology and the development of cutting edge, research led curricula addressing contemporary, global questions of Indigenous and racial justice.
Once a month a core group of Seeds members meet to formally guide and record the activities of Seeds. Please contact us if you are interested joining the Seeds board.
Linda is a founding member of Seeds of Affinity and coordinates the bi-weekly sessions of the Seeds of Affinity group. She holds a Degree in Psychology at the University of South Australia and has recently attained a Diploma in Community Services through TAFE. Linda was the inaugural Chair of Seeds of Affinity.
Anna is a founding member of Seeds of Affinity and has worked with criminalised women for the last 38 years. Anna is a qualified psychologist and works for the Department of Corrections as a Community Corrections Officer. Anna’s work in establishing Seeds of Affinity has been widely recognised. In 2012 she was placed on on the South Australian Womens’ Honour Roll and in 2013 recognised as one of South Australia’s Local Heroes in the Australia Day Awards.
Michele is currently employed as a Lecturer in Social Work at The University of South Australia. Michele’s research to date has focused on the experiences of women leaving prison, the connection between gendered violence and substance use and the experiences of women who are studying in the social sciences who are first in family to study at university. Michele’s PhD thesis, titled ‘Radically rethinking imprisonment: A Photovoice exploration of life in and after prison in South Australia’ was conferred in 2018. Michele was awarded the Flinders University Vice Chancellors Prize for Thesis Excellence. When Michele is not teaching, researching or writing, she is gardening and volunteering with Seeds of Affinity.
Bec Neill Treasurer
Quynh Nguyen Secretary
Past Board Members
Our deepest thanks go to past board members who have enabled Seeds to grow to where we are today.