Sue commenced as CEO at Volunteering Victoria in July 2012. Sue is committed to ensuring the organisation fulfills its purpose and vision. To achieve this, she works closely with the three levels of government, key members, other peak bodies, business partners and networks (including volunteer support organisations) in Victoria to build the profile of, and support for volunteering and volunteer management. Sue is a member of the State Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers as well as several sub-committees. She has a long history in marketing, business development and general management in membership organisations after starting her professional life as a public librarian. Sue’s qualifications include: MBA, Graduate Diploma in International Trade, Graduate Diploma in Management, Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and a Bachelor of Arts . Sue’s active role in the volunteering sector includes volunteering in sport, skilled volunteering for the Australian Library and Information Association, and volunteering in Malawi at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, where she was the adoptive mother of baby baboon Bilbo Baggins.
Amanda joined Volunteering Victoria as their Professional Development and Events Manager in May 2017. Amanda is an experienced professional specialising in volunteerism, and building capacity in not-for-profit organisations. Amanda brings over fifteen years experience working in volunteering, and was formerly the National Manager – Education, Policy and Research with Volunteering Australia, and most recently with AMES Australia.
Amanda has a background in social work, a postgraduate degree in Australian Migration Law and Practice and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Amanda is also a current board member of PCA Families – an organisation providing education and support to families formed through permanent care and adoption, and an Advisory Committee Member for the Refuge of Hope – a community based organisation providing settlement services support to the Latin American Community.
As an avid lover of plants, Amanda is on a mission to turn her little home into an indoor green house, and as a new ‘cat mum’ has recently discovered that letting a cat into the bedroom at night will ensure a sleepless night.
Dominic joined Volunteering Victoria in May 2017. Dominic leads Volunteering Victoria’s policy, advocacy and research development. Dominic came to Volunteering Victoria after four years in the Victorian Government, primarily working in policy at Regional Development Victoria. Dominic completed the Victoria Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development scheme. He has a First Class Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in political studies and philosophy from Otago University in New Zealand. Dominic is excited and passionate about working with government and organisations to ensure the volunteering sector in Victoria is thriving. Dominic is an enthusiastic traveller and has volunteered abroad on a number of occasions, including in response to the 2009 earthquake in Padang, Indonesia.
Emily joined Volunteering Victoria in April 2017 with a focus on marketing and business development. Emily is an enthusiastic, highly motivated professional with over 20 years of award winning experience in relationship management, new business development and marketing as well as 11 years developing high performance teams, project management and influencing organisational change in the commercial sector. With a desire to give back to the community, Emily transitioned to the not for profit sector, initially with Family Planning Victoria before joining our team. She holds a Bachelor of Business, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and is a Certified Practicing Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute. Originally from South Australia, Emily now lives in the Eastern suburbs with her family.
Shelley Falzon joined Volunteering Victoria in November 2012 as a volunteer Communications Officer and gained employment in April 2013 in the role of the Special Projects Coordinator, advancing youth and multicultural volunteering. In April 2014, Shelley was appointed the role of Event Coordinator and assists in delivering Volunteering Victoria’s suite of professional training workshops and key member events. Shelley has over fifteen years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked on state-wide campaigns, small and large scale events and in the media and homelessness sectors. In 2015, Shelley completed the Master of Communication (Public Relations) at Victoria University.
Commencing in 2016, Sarah has a passion to not only acknowledge our volunteers within the community but the vision for better connected communities and supporting our sector growth via collaboration. Having worked for organisations such as Australian Red Cross and Impact Volunteering, Sarah has experience as a people and performance manager and also as a qualified trainer within her in her own consultancy business of over 11 years. She has extensive experience within senior leadership roles and has worked with many sectors of the community including government, corporate and not for profits, including AMP – Grand Masters, Mordialloc Sporting Club and Village Roadshow.
Roz joined us as Member & Corporate Relations Manager in August 2016 after serving as Volunteer Resources Manager RSPCA. A quiet leader with over 20 years of experience in the ‘for purpose’ sector, Roz offers strengths to deliver outcomes in the strategic engagement of volunteers, building collaborative partnerships, and giving voice to all sentient beings in our communities. Roz has proven attributes and competencies in applying community engagement values and volunteering principles and importantly the integrity, passion and influence necessary to assist build a global society.
Rosemary joined Volunteering Victoria in April 2016. Rosemary is responsible for supporting the delivery of Volunteering Victoria’s VSO operations in Gippsland.
She has over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit sector. Rosemary is passionate about volunteering and the benefits it brings to individuals and communities.
Rosemary has extensive experience as a qualified trainer in the tertiary sector and as an independent consultant.
Her qualifications include: Master of Arts (Writing and Communications,) Diploma of Project Management and Diploma of Business Administration.
Alison works as Project Coordinator for the Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers (MSEV) Program, along with the HelpOUT program.
Alison works mostly offsite at Volunteering Geelong, focusing on delivery of these programs in Geelong and surrounding regions. Before commencing work in the not for profit sector, Alison was employed by Deakin Prime, the Corporate Education arm of Deakin University as Financial Certification Program Manager. She has worked for various other entities such as VICSES (Multicultural Strategy Initiative), Gordon TAFE (teaching Computer Aided Design) and Geelong Science and Technology Centre (Distance Education Programs) and Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (Web Development).
Sofie joined Volunteering Victoria in July 2017, managing initiatives to maximise volunteer participation and effectiveness in inner Melbourne and across Gippsland, including a new pilot activity to connect more international students to volunteering. An experienced leader in the community sector, Sofie brings skills and networks developed though work with organisations in Australia and overseas, including Leadership Victoria, Australian Volunteers International, World Vision, and several local councils across Melbourne. Sofie regards volunteering as a critical foundation to a healthy community, where people are stepping out of their own life to lead or help others, and she has a particular interest in where volunteering can bring new meaning for people who are isolated or lonely. An active volunteer in her own community, Sofie is a member of the award-winning Darebin Parklands Association.
Volunteering Victoria gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of an energetic team of skilled volunteers, who currently include:
- Anna Cairo
- Myra Foley
- Lesley Rosenthal
- Hazel Maynard
- Gina Cotel
- Asfia Tauseef
- Ish Rashad