Community Events & Activation
People are at the heart of the community.
We create engaging spaces and activation at events to help raise awareness and educate the public on mental wellbeing. These events include painting days, sports rounds and wellbeing festivals to name a few.
Mental Health Training
Upskill yourself or your work force.
We offer Mental Health First Aid courses and awareness sessions to help you learn how to recognise and respond to mental health challenges in others. Book in for relevant, effective and actionable steps to supporting others. Together, we can build a more mentally healthy future.
A moving story.
Hear our CEO, Kendall Whyte (2022 Young Australian of the Year for WA), share the story behind Blue Tree Project and how she has made it her mission to help create mentally healthy future generations.
We're all for working together.
Combining knowledge and resources is the best way to have an impact. So, let's work together to create something special.
A Night Under The Stars
Blue Tree Project is the powering partner behind this unique event held in regional areas. The event has since raised over $100,000 for regional mental health initiatives. Visit the A Night Under The Stars website here.
School Mural Project
Utilising art in schools to stir conversation on mental health. In partnership with Higgins Coatings, this project included their generous contribution of equipment needed across 4 schools in Western Australia. Kendall Whyte, CEO of Blue Tree Project visited the schools to share more on keeping mentally well.
Australian of the Year Awards
We have been given a voice and we plan on using it. Kendall Whyte, CEO of Blue Tree Project was awarded the 2022 Young Australian of the Year for WA. Through this platform, Kendall has been able to help spread the project's mission and cause worldwide.
Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC)
Blue Tree Project has been the charity partner of MERC since 2020. Their funding has allowed us to visit regional mining communities and schools, host key speaking events and contribute to community tree painting days.
Fortescue Mental Health Roadshow
Fortescue Metals Group are dedicated to changing mental health matters in the resources sector. On this roadshow, CEO Kendall Whyte visited 6 FMG sites to hold key note sessions. Many participants reached out to the internal support services.
Raising The Vibe
Raising The Vibe is a free music and well-being festival that aims to educate our youth on the support services available. Held at the Busselton Foreshore annually during Mental Health Week, the festival includes a well-being hub and resources. We welcome talented WA artists to the stage and encourage all ages to join the fun!
CEO and Founder
Our driving force behind the Blue Tree Project, Kendall shares her passion for mental health support which has been her legacy for her brother Jayden. After leaving her role at Seven West Media as a video editor, she put her studies on hold to pursue Blue Tree Project full-time. Her work with the project has seen her named 2022 Young Australian of the Year, and Young West Australian of the Year for 2021. Kendall was also nominated as a finalist for Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award and 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards of 2020.
M.A. (Cantab.), GAICD Chair
Ian is a seasoned business executive and board director with significant experience in Asia and Australia, and an extensive international network. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1987, Ian began his career in Investment Banking in New York. In 1988, he moved into the Advertising industry, and worked for over 25 years in London and Asia, partnering with leading companies and brands such as Apple, Adidas and Singapore Airlines. Ian relocated to Australia in 2015 and developed a portfolio career including Consulting assignments and Board appointments. He currently sits on the Boards of Good Sammy Enterprises, Amana Living, D’Orsogna and Talisium.
Leanne has a background in agriculture, education, media and health. Working in both operational and management roles for the WA Health and Education Departments. Leanne had a long career in broadcast media through roles at 6PR, 96FM and Channel 7. A recent career move saw Leanne part with her role Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as Executive Assistant to the Director. Now working back at Seven West Media, Western Australia's largest Media organisation, Leanne and her family oversee a successful wheat and sheep operation in Mukinbudin. Leanne was approached to join the board by close friends Grant and Adrienne Whyte. She joined the board to honour the memory of their son, Jayden.
Craig is an accountant with over 25 years’ experience. After graduating from Curtin University in 1996, Craig joined Byfields Business Advisers in 1997, becoming a qualified CPA in 2001 and a director of the firm in 2004. Craig grew up in the country, and with all of his clients being in the rural/farming sector, he feels a very strong link with the Blue Tree Project’s core purpose.
Leanne is a highly experienced and results driven leader with a wealth of experience in managing projects across multiple industries including not-for-profit, arts and culture, resources, government, and health. Leanne’s career has spanned 25 years in senior management roles, delivering key projects through working collaboratively with diverse and multi-disciplinary stakeholders, creating successful partnerships and implementing innovative strategies to deliver positive outcomes.
Joanne is an experienced operations manager and high functioning senior executive with a proven track record in delivering superior health and community services. She is passionate and committed to delivering client focussed solutions with expertise in financial and contractual management, clinical and corporate governance and continuous quality improvement. Her lived-values of teamwork, commitment and maintaining a positive strengths-based approach have enabled her to successfully develop and implement innovative strategies in all her roles.
Simon Comerford was born and grew up in Mukinbudin where he still lives and manages the town’s swimming facilities during the summer months. Simon attended Mazenod College in Perth, after which he undertook an apprenticeship in carpentry and travelled extensively. Simon is currently undertaking a degree in Counselling at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle and will graduate in 2023. It was Simon’s tree on his family farm that he painted, with the help of Jayden’s cousin, went viral and became the catalyst for the Blue Tree Project.