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Profile: Mark Waters 
Position: State Manager, Reconciliation SA

Mark says, "who are the Reconciliation Champions out there and how are they standing up to Racism?" 

Mark Waters continues to display a knack for identifying supporters who are willing to join the Peoples Movement towards Reconciliation. Mark does this by advising Local Government RAP plans, gaining Corporate sponsorship for Rec SA programs, advocating on Joint-Parliamentary Constitutional Recognition Committees, developing award-winning education programs, mentoring young people to develop theatre workshops about anti-Racism and many other lines of action. Often out in the field, Mark works tirelessly to respond to the needs of this ever-growing grass roots Reconciliation Movement. 

As the State Manager for Reconciliation SA since 2010, Mark continues to drive and shape the vision and lead the team of two staff and several volunteers. His focus over this period has been in helping to shape a framework and a Strategic Plan with the Reconciliation SA Board and gradually implementing each of its Strategic Priority Areas with our

Mark trained as a social worker and spent years working in front line youth work, youth health work, mental health services, employment services, drug/alcohol community work and management. In the late 1990s he worked as the Executive Officer of the Community Services and Health Industries Training Advisory Board focussing upon workforce development, training, standards and quality service delivery.

Prior to moving to Reconciliation SA, Mark was employed at Uniting Care Wesley PortAdelaide as the Manager of Employment Access (EA). EA is an employment program across South Australia for people with mental health related issues and operated from nine sites across South Australia supporting over 450 people at any one time towards supported or open employment.

Mark managed Aboriginal Employment Programs under the DEEWR funded Indigenous Employment Program (IEP). In 2009, Mark led the planning implementation and evaluation of the Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Mental Health Conference focussing on cultural awareness.

His interest in working with the Aboriginal community commenced in the early 1980s when he ran a youth information centre in Hindley Street and the main client group was Aboriginal young people. Mark has also developed vocational frameworks and training that was delivered on the APY lands for Aboriginal aged care workers, childrens’ services workers and youth workers. 

Mark is a life member of SACOSS and is a strong advocate in the community sector and for consumer participation in health having helped to establish the Health Consumers Alliance in SA.

When he's not at work, you'll find Mark at the local Turkindi network meeting, in between (long) hikes to Mt. Lofty and other green destinations. He loves a decent spicy Laksa at Central Market's Laksa House. 

If you'd like to contact Mark, you can reach him on:  
or ph: 08 8429 2901