Harry Pearson – Chairman
Harry recalls being unhappy with his life and career in his mid-50’s. Around that time, he met MensWork Project (MWP) founders, Peter Efford and Wes Carter. His first exposure to Men’s work was at a WA Men’s Gathering at the invitation of Peter. This led to regular Gathering attendance, several MWP Men in Bali retreats, other MWP programs and men’s work generally.
Harry credits MWP and other MensWork activity for his 60’s being his best decade yet. This included a successful 7-year, swansong career with Swan Care at Bentley Park, welcoming 5 grandchildren into his life, and retirement at age 69. Recent achievements include chairing the successful 2018 WA Men’s Gathering Committee and achieving Golden Wedding status with his wife Shelley. He believes that contributing to men’s work as an Elder can often be as simple as just turning up.
Gary Scott – Vice Chairman
Gary grew up in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne playing in bands, surfing, skiing and watching mates play footy. His father struggled with the pain of his war time experiences (as did the rest of the family) and he finally left the family when Gary was 13 years old. Since then spending time with good men has been important to him.
Gary attended a Christian brothers’ high school where he witnessed incidents both sobering and uplifting. A good-hearted teacher introduced him to architecture, and he has now been a draftsman for 45 years. He is an avid traveler, having lived and worked around Europe. In 1990 he drove his VW Kombi to Perth, fell in love and in 1998 his son was born. Sadly, a difficult divorce followed in 2005 and after the economic challenge of the GFC he spent several quiet years re-thinking his life and focusing mostly on parenting. He is happily remarried now, in a blended, loving family of four with the active, independent 21-year old’s pretty much doing their own thing these days.
With retirement not far off he is enjoying the continued exploration of inner work with men and boys, a path he was introduced to in the early nineties by Wes Carter. Growing into Eldership and the deepening of Spirit has been a fascinating process for him. He is inspired by the vulnerability and depth of sharing he has witnessed with men in his Community and is
drawn to the celebration of manhood with like-minded men who are laying the groundwork for the growth of healthy masculinity in the world.
Adam Majrouh – Secretary
Adam’s decision to relocate to Australia 29 years ago, prompted him to explore his own internal journey and find ways to make his experience of the world more functional.
Fuelled by his own sense of wounding, Adam found ways to heal and become a positive influence in the lives of those around him. He has developed a deep passion for supporting people in helping themselves and strongly believes that everyone can find the answers and the strength needed to meet life’s challenges.
Adam is the father of four adult children and a grandfather to two boys with a third child due to arrive late in 2019. He speaks with a bright excitement about being a parent and grandparent and calls this; his life’s top achievement.
Adam’s journey in the personal development arena includes deep involvement and study in Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, NLP, Human Needs Psychology, Spirituality, and Marriage Counselling.
He has more than 30 years of experience as a business owner/manager and is a Qualified Strategic Intervention Coach, Trainer and Mentor for individuals and small business owners. He also served on the WA Men’s Gathering committee as secretary in 2016.
Adam brings to the MWP a deep care for men, young and old, and a desire to support people to believe in themselves and rise above life’s challenges so they can live rewarding and successful lives.
Graeme Grose – Communications Co-ordinator
After taking his oldest son on a rite-of-passage camp run by the Pathways Foundation almost 20 years ago, Graeme discovered and saw the profound impact that “men’s work” could have on men’s lives. Since then he has been involved in numerous men’s work activities including being the state coordinator and a trained facilitator for Pathways and being on the committee of the West Australian Men’s Gathering.
Graeme has had to face some considerable life challenges and found invaluable support through his participation in men’s work.
He also enjoys participating in a range of outdoor activities including bushwalking, birding, snorkelling and fishing. He has three adult children and lost his wife in 2016.
He is a qualified engineer and has had a varied career being involved in medical research, software development and running small IT businesses.
Steve Morell – Treasurer
Steve has been involved in men’s work for over 30 years, and has a strong interest in being involved in the development of men and boys to their full potential. Steve was born and raised in Perth and is a proud West Australian with extensive family connections dating back to one of the first boats to arrive in the Swan River Colony from the UK.
Steve is currently a member of the Compass men’s group, has previously facilitated men’s groups in Perth and has attended men’s gatherings and community events related to men’s issues over many years.
Steve is a family man, who has been married for 35 years, has a wife and two adult sons who he loves very much and has two dogs, who are also family members.
He is 62 years old and currently full time employed in the engineering industry, where he has worked most of his adult life, a career which he has found interesting and stimulating mostly because of the people he has met and worked with and seen develop over the years.
In his spare time Steve has a hobby farm which he has developed from bare land over the last 15 years and now enjoys with family and friends, growing organic fruit and vegetables, milling timber, wood work and bee keeping.
He also enjoys spending time developing genuine connection with other men, off road adventures, camping, fishing, beach combing and trail bike riding.
Steve also has an interest in bringing awareness to the current situation regarding mental health in the community and advocating for people with mental health issues and encourages family members of those afflicted to reach out to him.
He has taken on the role of treasurer and is committed to the development of MWP Men’s Work project.