Dr Tony Buti MLA
Directions is privileged to have Dr Tony Buti MLA as our patron.
Prior to becoming the Member for Armadale in the October 2010 by-election Tony lectured in law at the University of Western Australia.
After graduating from Kelmscott Senior High School in 1978 Tony entered the University of Western Australia to study for a Physical Education Degree. He has completed further studies at UWA, Australian National University, Oxford University and Yale University, obtaining a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Industrial Relations and a doctorate in law.
Tony has worked as a high school teacher, lawyer and legal academic. He has co-produced and co-directed a documentary on racial vilification in the AFL, and written books, articles and other publications on the Stolen Generations, British Child Migrants, human rights, and disability discrimination.
“I have had the privilege to be Directions’ Patron for 5 years now. In that time the organisation has changed from being a small provider in Armadale to providing a broad range of services across the metropolitan area. I am pleased to say that this growth has happened while still maintaining the family feel of the organisation, with personalised support that focuses on each individual person. It has been a challenging time to provide support to people with disabilities as we progress to the NDIS. Directions has met these challenges head on and managed the changes and different funding arrangements behind the scenes in order to enable people to access the support they need to reach their goals and have fulfilling lives. This year Directions has taken on and given new life to Teenspirit, a local community organisation, creating social opportunities for young people with disabilities. It is heart-warming to see the energetic and enthusiastic Teenspirit continuing to grow, spreading to new areas and reaching so many more teenagers and young adults. I am very proud to be Patron of Directions. I commend the staff for providing the very best in community services for people with disabilities and their families, and wish them well for the year ahead.”
Tony Buti MLA Annual Report 2017