Meet our team
Abbey Kendall is the Director of the Working Women’s Centre SA Inc.
By trade, Abbey is an employment and industrial lawyer. Over the last decade, Abbey has worked for small and national labour law firms and unions. Before commencing at the Centre, Abbey held the position of Chairperson of the Young Worker’s Centre Inc. in Victoria.
Abbey has dedicated her career to representing and advocating for worker’s rights and has successfully represented organisations against unlawful AFP raids, defended employees against dodgy traineeships enforced by national food franchises, and represented hundreds of workers in discrimination, dismissal and workers compensations matters.
Abbey holds a Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Abbey also holds governance qualifications from the Governance Institute of Australia and is completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Gender Studies.
Abbey sits on the Australian Labour and Employment Relations SA committee, the SA Government’s Workplace Equality and Respect Project Governance Group as well as the TAFE SA Women’s Education Advisory Group. In 2019, Abbey was elected to the Policy council of the South Australian Council of Social Service.
Abbey is a qualified Our Watch trainer and regularly writes and speaks about women and workplace relations.
Ajša Bajraktarević is an Industrial Officer with the Working Women’s Centre SA.
Before taking up this position, she worked as a Members’ Rights Centre Official at United Voice and as a Ministerial Liaison Officer for the State Government.
Ajša holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of International Studies and a Diploma in Language.
She is fluent in Bosnian, and her interests include feminism, domestic and global politics, social justice, writing, travel and dismantling the patriarchy.
Emma is an Industrial Officer at the Working Women’s Centre SA.
She graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law in 2012. Emma was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2013.
Before making the move to Adelaide, Emma worked for six years in both private practice and the Community Legal Centre sector in NSW. She has experience in a wide range of general practice areas including family law, civil litigation, domestic violence, wills and powers of attorney and employment law. Emma’s special interest in employment law, particularly unfair dismissals, led her to the Working Women’s Centre SA.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys anything social, having a drink with friends, walks with along Glenelg Beach and playing water polo.
Kylie is an Industrial Officer at the Working Women’s Centre SA.
Before this, she had a varied career in federal government, ranging from technical advice on casework to policy and law reform.
Client Services Officer
Sarah is the Client Services Officer and is the first point of contact for incoming enquiries to the Centre.
She is a long-serving staff member of the WWC and has extensive insight into the issues that workers face and a wide referral knowledge of other relevant organisations.
She has a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate IV in Front Line Management. Before working at the Centre, Sarah worked in Administration at a Freight Group, in client services and the hospitality industry.
Sarah is a mother to three beautiful girls and is raising them to be strong, independent young women, who can strive to do anything they want.
Cassandra Deon-Wierda is the Training Officer at the Working Women’s Centre SA.
Before Cass started in this position, she was employed in various Education and Training positions and actively advocated for women’s issues in the Northern Territory and New South Wales, developing experience in adult, community and youth education. These roles included work in both government and not for profit sectors.
Cassandra holds a Master of Education in Popular Education and Social Change from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Art in Art History and English.