Governor of Western Australia

His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM was sworn in as the 34th Governor of Western Australia on 15 July 2022.

The Dawson family have been part of the early colonial settlers over five generations of farming and law enforcement. The Governor's great-great-grandparents arrived in the then Swan River colony in Western Australia in 1830.

Christopher John Dawson AC APM was educated at Perth Modern School before joining the Western Australia Police Force in 1976, going on to provide 46 years of service in Australian law enforcement.

He served in country and metropolitan positions, criminal investigation, training and senior roles.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002 saw him awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service. He was appointed Commissioner of the Western Australia Police Force in August 2017, serving until July 2022.

He is married to Darrilyn Dawson, Education Consultant, with two married children and five grandchildren.

YouthCARE is honoured to enjoy the support of our Patron as well as our partners who understand the important role wellbeing plays in our school communities.


Coming from a long line of farming families in the Southwest of WA, Mrs Darrilyn Dawson is a passionate supporter of the diverse contributions the country sector makes to our state. With over 40 years’ experience in the education sector, Mrs Dawson has taught in government and private schools in both country and metropolitan areas.

Having held a variety of roles throughout her career, Principal, Deputy Principal and classroom teaching in numerous primary schools, Mrs Dawson has also served on several government school Boards. She is an Education Consultant, providing leadership training and mentoring, and is regularly involved in school selection panels, appointing educational leaders.

Mrs Dawson is currently a Board and Committee member of two independent colleges and enjoys supporting them as they educate and grow our future leaders. She is passionate about early intervention and providing all children with the foundations to be their very best in whatever they aspire to achieve.


Organisations and individuals can support their communities through partnering with YouthCARE to:

Give their time and energy
Raise funds for projects and programs
Elevate our profile within communities so people can access our services
Provide support for our chaplains and teachers
Advocate for us in their churches
Network with other stakeholders
Serve on YouthCARE Councils
Sponsor events and programs

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