Board Members 2016-2017

Susan Fleming - (President)

I have worked in Education for 36 years as a Special Education Teacher, Behaviour Support Teacher and was Principal of Tennyson Special School a facility for students with Behaviour and Adjustment difficulties for 16 years. I am also a trained family therapist and counsellor.

I have been involved with the WGIA for over 17 years. I was introduced to Choice Theory when I completed my first basic week in 1999.  It made a profound impact on my personal and professional life. It gave me the tools to take more personal responsibility for my life and allow others the opportunity to do the same. My learnings about Lead Management helped me be a better and more effective leader.  I continued to do further training and am currently an Advanced Practicum Supervisor, a Faculty Program Consultant and intend to do my Basic Intensive Instructor Endorsement at our next conference.  In 2011 I completed the William Glasser Institute’s Advanced Certification developed by Joan Hoogstad. It is one of my passions to work with a group of us to gain accreditation for this course again.

I have worked as Regional Coordinator for WGIA SE Qld and have been a member of the board since 2006. I am currently the Training Officer and have carried out the role of Fifth Director and previously two terms as Training Officer.  I have a passion about providing quality training and wanting to explore with others innovative ways to promote CT/RT/LM to the wider community and in courses that meet industry standards.  I love connecting with members and am always inspired by the work that others are doing to promote CT/RT/LM and the commitment to the ideas and creative ways they are applied.

 I have a strong commitment to promoting RT/CT/LM not only in the educational and Mental Health settings but as a way of life. I love continually learning.  I would like the opportunity to continue the work of the board to develop structures and innovative ways to promote learning and growth in the Institute.  



Bruce Lloyd - (Immedidate Past President) 

Bruce has spent the last 47 years working in a variety of settings including being a motor mechanic, service manager, residential worker and coordinator in a youth hostel, youth and family programs co-ordinator, foster care program co-ordinator and for the last 15 years he has worked and now heads up school counselling team that works in Catholic primary and secondary schools.

He completed his Basic Intensive Training in 1992 and Bruce says: that it changed the way I work with families and young people. Learning about Choice Theory has helped to change my understanding about the way we process the information we take on from the real world and has given me the tools to assist others in their own journey to a better understanding of the choices they make.

William Glasser believed that learning Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management should be available for everyone to access. Having a learning difference has meant that I have been able to embrace this learning style which has a lot to do with learning at an individual’s pace. This process and journey has allowed me to grow as an individual and as a professional. 




Sheryl Matwijkiw - (Treasurer)

Sheryl has been involved with the WGIA for a number of years in varying capacities: Regional Co-Ordinator, Secretary and currently,Honorary Treasurer.  “Choice Theory changed my life. I have built lasting friendships and learned skills to manage my life and an understanding of want I want, why I behave the way I do and how to better get what I want. Knowing that the only person I can control is myself is very powerful and freeing.”

Sheryl is a book keeper and currently works for a Not for Profit Community Centre and Registered Training Organisation managing the finances and payroll. It is a culturally diverse centre offering English classes to refugees and migrants and Lifestyle classes for the local community, along with Aged Care and Disability courses. This is a great working environment for modelling choice theory.

Sheryl has been involved in a number of National Conferences (Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Adelaide) and International Conferences (Sydney and Los Angeles), with the latest being the WGNZ conference in Cambridge, NZ. These are times of fun, learning, travel and connecting with other like minded people in wonderful parts of the world.

John Cooper - (Honorary Secretary)

John Cooper completed 46 years as an educator being a principal since 1966. Following NSW postings from 1963 (North Star, Goodooga, Bass Hill, Asquith, Goolgowi and Mullengandra) John spent eight years in PNG in a range of schools. On returning to Australia, John became Principal at Darwin Primary School, then opened Jabiru Area School followed by a year at Bradshaw Primary before becoming the first Principal of the new Anzac Hill High School.

John began his Choice Theory journey while completing his Bachelor of Education at Flinders University in 1985. That work gave him the vision to create Anzac Hill High School (1987) based on Dr William Glasser's work in "Schools Without Failure". Choice Theory was promoted for all staff early this century and before John's retirement they had all completed at least Basic Intensive Training.

Proudest moments for John were; his school being recognised as one of 100 "Innovative and Best Practice" schools in 1998 and winning the John Laing Professional Development Award in 2005. John focused on the holistic wellbeing of his school's community incorporating cultural understandings with Choice Theory and adopting a bilingual vision statement in the local language, Arrernte and English. National awards for parental engagement and literacy success were significant successes.

John was Vice President then President Northern Territory Principals' Association and Member of Australian Secondary Principals' Association Executive during the period 1998 to 2005.

John completed his Master of Education, majoring in Performance Management and gained Certificates in Reality Therapy and Investigations whilst working as a principal. John is currently continuing his studies in Choice Theory as he adapts to facilitating and consulting.

To prove he is "balanced", he is currently Vice-President of School Sport Northern Territory and President of the Eagles Rugby Union Football Club, Alice Springs Town Band, Eisteddfod Council, member of a motoring club and a youth arts body.

John is most proud of his opportunity to play rugby union (and rugby league) wherever he was posted as a teacher and being a founding member of the Goondiwindi Emus, South Darwin Bunnies, Jabiru Bush Rats and The Old Alice Eagles in Alice Springs. He played in his last Grand Final for Eagles in 2005.


 Sue Berry (Training Officer) 

I am currently a Family and Youth Counsellor with West Coast Youth and Community Support in Port Lincoln, South Australia, where I have worked for the past 6 years since leaving teaching in 2010. Originally from Adelaide, I have lived on Eyre Peninsula for 42 years. I have 25 years’ experience in education on in both the State and Catholic system, firstly as a mathematics teacher and then mainly in creating, coordinating and supporting programs for secondary age students with special needs in a mainstream setting. I spent 6 very happy but challenging years in the role of school counsellor. While at St Joseph’s School in Port Lincoln I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a Basic Intensive Training with Joan Hoogstad in 2003. A life changing moment or two! In 2010 I was part of the group which completed the Graduate Diploma in Reality Therapy, also presented by Joan – more life changing moments!

I am a Practicum Supervisor and since 2014 have been very involved an exciting, local community based project called Mentally Fit EP whose overall vision is to “flip mental illness on its head” and to create a mentally fit, connected community. My role is to deliver mental health education by presenting Take Charge of Your Life courses to interested community members.

I love the mix of working as a reality therapy counsellor with young people and their families, and also teaching Choice Theory through the TCOYL course. I am also currently enjoying running practicums for people in who have continued on after TCOYL to do their BIT.

I am passionate about CT/RT/LM and particularly about challenging the status quo around mental health by creating ways to encourage people to have the opportunity to learn about Dr Glasser’s ideas, with a particular focus on relationships. I enjoy thinking and learning about the ways new knowledge in neuroscience fits in with the existing Choice Theory model and I am especially interested in ways CT can be used to understand the impact of childhood trauma to further inform RT counselling approaches.

I have met so many inspiring people during my 13 year CT journey and I count myself very fortunate to have these connections in my life. I am new to the Board for 2017 and am looking forward to being more involved with the WGIA through the position of Training Officer. 


Denise Landers (Newsletter Editor)

Dee (Denise) Landers has worked in Education in Australia for thirty years in both Victoria and Queensland. For more than fifteen of these years she has worked as a School Guidance Counsellor in Far North Queensland, working with students with disabilities, learning difficulties and students experiencing disengagement and cultural and locational marginalisation. Denise was introduced to Choice Theory over ten years ago and in 2011 she completed the William Glasser Institute’s Advanced Certification with Joan Hoogstad. Denise gains most satisfaction from promoting Choice Theory, self-management and positive relationships among colleagues and students. She fully supports and practices Dr William Glasser’s philosophy, that if you teach Choice Theory to people they can learn to help themselves and improve the quality of their lives. Denise recently coordinated the WGI Australia conference held in October 2015 at the Ramada Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.



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