Volunteering Victoria AGM, Forum & Workshop

October 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Hall, NAB, Level 3, 700 Bourke St, Docklands, VIC 3000

Members: FREE Non-Members: $44

Shelley Falzon
T (03) 8327 8500
E s.falzon@volunteeringvictoria.org.au

Volunteering Victoria is pleased to invite you to the 2017 AGM, Diversity Forum and Workshop.

The theme for this year’s AGM is diversity.  In order to build a strong and resilient volunteering sector, diversity is paramount.  From cultural diversity, to a diversity of ideas, embracing and harnessing our differences will be the key to long-term success. 

In addition to the AGM, two sessions will explore diversity in volunteering including the:

Diversity Forum: ‘If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair’.  A call to action on diversity. Keynote and Panel Discussion with Q&A

Diversity Workshop: ‘Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.’ Sharing practical ideas and experiences for building a diverse volunteering workforce

Featuring guest speakers and thought leaders from across the not-for-profit sector and beyond, this event provides an excellent learning and networking opportunity.

View the full notice of the AGM here.

Key Note Address and Panelist

Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust

After an extensive public policy career, Mary became the Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust in 1996. She has designed and led ground-breaking community engagement initiatives, such as the Purple Sage Project and Our Watermark Australia, an exceptional example of a nationwide, community engagement project based around issues of water sustainability.

In June 2012, Mary was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, for her distinguished services to public policy and advocacy for the advancement of women. That same year, Mary authored A Switch In Time – Restoring Respect to Australian Politics which has been distributed widely across Australia.

In 2016, Mary won the Public Policy category as part of the AFR/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her years of work in shaping public policy in Australia. She specialises in environment and sustainability; philanthropy; social justice and human rights; and women’s safety public policy.


Kashif Bouns, General Manager, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation

Kashif has over ten years of experience in management and community development, including leadership within multicultural strategy, marketing, and strategic planning. Kashif has worked full time in the sports industry since 2010 in a variety of positions across Cricket and Australian Football, while he also lectures in Applied Sports Marketing and is also a certified Trainer and Assessor. 

Beyond Kashif’s education and work experience, he is a diversity advocate who also volunteers within the community and sport sectors.  He is a frequent contributor to public discussions on sport, youth and diversity issues and serves on boards and committees for government and non-government sectors. Kashif’s work has been recognised through awards from various Government bodies and community organisations including Inspiring Community Award – 2012, initiated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence – 2011 for Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria, initiated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. He was also named the International Alumnus of the Year at the 2016 Victorian International Education Award.

Bwe Thay, Migrant Student and Community Liaison Officer, Student Engagement (Office of Pro Chancellor), Swinburne University of Technology

Bwe Thay is a Burmese refugee who arrived in Australia in 2009. He is known both within Australia and internationally as a passionate advocate for the empowerment of fellow refugee migrants and asylum seekers through education.

A graduate of the Australian Catholic University, Bwe now works as a Migrant Student and Community Liaison Officer at Swinburne University of Technology. His work at Swinburne has contributed to that university becoming a leader in providing a welcoming environment for refugee migrants and asylum seekers.

Since 2010 Bwe has been a member of the Refugee Tertiary Education Committee (RTEC), which encourages universities to open their doors, offer online scholarships and give access to higher education for refugee migrants and asylum seekers in transition or refugee camps across the world. He is also the co-chair of the newly established Refugee Communities Advocacy Network Victoria and committee member of the Communities Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Regions), As part of his engagement with these organisations, Bwe builds awareness of migrant and refugee issues among government and policy makers, and in effect acts as the voice of the voiceless.

Oranoos Khaligh, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Visiting Service Coordinator, Inclusion Melbourne

I have a BA English from Azad University Tehran, Bachelor of psychology from Deakin university  and Diploma of Human resources. I have been working as a volunteer coordinator for CVS program with Inclusion since October 2016 and before that I worked in human resources for an  St Ives Aged Care for four years. I have also been a volunteer with Life line for about two years and with Inclusion Melbourne for about a year.



Panel Facilitator

Teresa Capetola, Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

Teresa is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University. Her areas of interest are in social, cultural, gender diversity, equity and justice. She has previously worked in Women’s Health, including the women’s refuge movement, and is actively involved as a Board member for Women’s Health in the North. In recent times she has expanded her research interest to include the health impacts of climate change, especially for vulnerable communities, and the role of public health and health promotion in promoting community resilience. She has published widely in this field including a co-authored Health Department supported report: Health Promotion and Sustainability: Transitioning towards healthy and sustainable futures. She currently holds the position of Course Director for Masters of Health Promotion, within the School of Health and Social Development. She is the recipient of several teaching awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (2010) and the Australasia Green Gowns Award for Teaching Excellence in Sustainability Education, (Highly Commended), 2015.


You can view the full notice of the AGM here.


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