Meet the Board
REV. JIM CARTY sm
James Patrick Carty was ordained a Marist Priest
at St Patrick's Chuch, Sydney in 1963. For the next seven years Jim taught in Marist High Schools and was
then appointed to the Japanese Mission in Nara Prefecture in 1971 where he worked as a missionary for fifteen
In 1979, following the end of the war in Vietnam,
with the cooperation of UNHCR, Caritas Japan and the Nara Prefectural Government, Jim established a refugee
camp on part of a property belonging to the Marist Fathers in a place called Kuzu. The initial plan was for
two years but the need continued and remained open for a total of six years.
In 1986 Jim attended The School of Applied
Theology in Berkeley and acquired a Master’s degree.
1987 saw Jim join the team at Interaid (an NGO
based in Hong Kong), working with refugees, the physically and intellectually challenged and the marginalised
in South East Asia and South Asia.
From 1990 to 1994 he was director of the Marist
Mission Centre, an accredited Overseas Aid Agency. For the six years following 1995, Jim was leader
of the Marist Province of Australia and Japan. During this time, he was invited by ACFOA to join the Task
Force mandated to prepare a Code of Ethics for the Australian NGO community.
In 2002 at the request of Caritas Australia and
the three Marist Provincials of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Jim visited most of the Refugee Camps in
mainland Australia and unofficially Manus and Nauru, and prepared a report on the conditions in
From 2003 to 2009 Jim was appointed Executive
Officer of the House of Welcome a Drop-in Centre for refugees and asylum seekers in Carramar.
In 2010 Jim was Chaplain to the camps on Christmas
Island, later accepting the role of Manager with CatholicCare Sydney for Prison and Hospital Chaplains and
Tree of Hope.
Currently Jim is the Director of MARS (Marist
Asylum-seekers and Refugee Service) a small NGO; that provides pastoral care in Villawood Detention Centre;
sacramental service for the Sudanese Community in Blacktown and frequently masses and reconciliation ministry
at St Patrick’s Church Hill.
He is also co-founder and Director of the Wilai Foundation Ltd.
Dallas is a Director and
Founding Member on the board of the Wilai Foundation.
Dallas has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher and school
Principal. Her role included, among many things, the mentoring
aspiring female Principals. Dallas was also a founding teacher/facilitator for
the Life Education Centre in Victoria, a health and drug education provider for school children aged 5-13 years
empowering them to make safer and healthier choices; and a board member of Life Education
Dallas was a liaison Principal in the Middle East in
2010, supporting the Qatari Government with an education reform
Dallas has always believed that every child has the right to
feel loved, protected, encouraged, and supported to grow into a responsible citizen.
Dallas is currently an authorised civil marriage celebrant and
an active funeral celebrant. She lives in Victoria and is the proud mother of two children and
grandmother to six fabulous grandchildren.
Joanne Russell-Shears is a
passionate advocate for social justice and international human rights.
One expression of Joanne's passion for
advancing human rights has been her work to create a future for stateless females since
In 2016 Joanne founded the Wilai
Foundation Ltd. a registered Australian charity that seeks to raise awareness of statelessness and
actively works to assist young stateless females in Thailand and Myanmar, and is currently a
Joanne has a Masters in Health Science
from Sydney University; a Masters in Human Services from Griffith; a Graduate Certificate in Liturgical
Studies from the Melbourne College of Divinity; as well as a Certificate in Pastoral Liturgy, a Diploma in
Funeral Celebrancy and further study in the area of Grief and Loss. She is also an Authorised Marriage
Celebrant for the Commonwealth of Australia and a Funeral Celebrant.
Joanne has worked for thirty years as a consultant, assisting businesses, and
not-for-profit organisations, to facilitate professional and successful communication strategies. Joanne
is also a skilled researcher and professional writer.
Joanne lives in Geelong and is the mother
of six beautiful children.
THOMAS RUSSELL SHEARS
Thomas is a Director of the Wilai Foundation with a strong interest in international policy and
human rights. His connection to the Wilai Foundation Ltd is both personal and passionate.
With a Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian Language) and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University, Thomas looks forward to
furthering his study in International Relations.
Thomas currently lives in Indonesia.