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Visit by Her Excellency the Governor of WA

Visit by Her Excellency the Governor of WA

Date Published: 31-Mar-16

The staff of ChemCentre extended a warm welcome in March to Her Excellency, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia. During an extended visit, Her Excellency toured all areas of the emergency response, environmental chemistry and forensic chemistry areas before enjoying morning tea with all staff.
The tour included stops to hear from staff in forensic toxicology, forensic chemistry, soil chemistry, petroleum chemistry, and to learn about the instruments that keep ChemCentre humming.

The morning tea also provided opportunities for staff and vacation students to discuss their work at ChemCentre with Her Excellency, who is a prominent advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers.

Her Excellency said it had been an uplifting experience to observe the work of ChemCentre first hand, and to meet some of the skilled and professional team members.

"As you are aware, I have a strong interest in sharing and promoting the great work undertaken in the area of Science in Western Australia. It was heartening to see the major contribution that ChemCentre is making to support the State in the justice, health, sporting and environment protfolios in such a well-equipped and state-of-the-art facility, but particuarly with the well-qualified and enthusiastic staff."

Manager Forensic Chemistry Dominic Reynolds with synthetic drug samples      Senior Laboratory Technician Matt Freeman outlines the instruments

Vacation students (L to R) Amy Benjamin, Jess Hooper, Paul Sakrajda           Manager Project Development Silvia Black (L), CEO Peter Millington, Lianne Cretney-Barnes (Board)

Her Excellency continues the tradition of WA Governors visiting ChemCentre, including her two predecessors the Hon Dr Ken Michael AC, and the Hon Mr Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC.

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