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.
Hazel joined Volunteering Victoria in 2006 as a volunteer Board Member and was the President of the Board of Management from 2008 to 2010. Hazel became a volunteer again in January and this evolved into a paid position as Professional Development Trainer and Consultant. Following an early-life career change (from patents translator to not-for profit), Hazel has worked for a number of Not for Profit organisations in the past 27 years, including the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International and The Cancer Council Victoria. In her previous role at St Vincent de Paul Society, Hazel had overarching responsibility for a state-wide program of over 6,500 volunteers in Vinnies Retail Stores. She is passionate about encouraging people who are socially isolated or marginalised to volunteer.
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.
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.
Patricia joined Volunteering Victoria in May 2013 as our HR and Office Coordinator. As an experienced HR generalist with a legal background, Patricia has designed and implemented many improvements to our staff and volunteer management policies and practices, including OH&S, performance and recruitment . She is also responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the office, and our IT, is the first point of contact for visitors to Volunteering Victoria and telephone enquiries regarding volunteering, and assists our Community & Student Engagement Manager with the delivery of our volunteer support services in Melbourne.
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.
Marijke Fotia re-joined the Volunteering Victoria team in January 2018. Marijke leads the HelpOUT and Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers programs. Marijke has worked across the not for profit, local government, health and arts sectors and is passionate about bringing people together to achieve beneficial outcomes for our community. Her own formal volunteer experience began volunteering at an Arts Festival in Maryland, USA as a way to meet people and build connections in a new city. She has since volunteered for various organisations in her local community and is also busy working on her Masters of Health and International 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:
- Alison Vydulinksa
- Brydie Shackleford
- Sarah Thompson
- Leon Zheng
- Myra Foley
- Desally Walliker
- Garry Stephenson
- Gina Cotel
- Kylie Thitchener
- Muthu Pannirselvam
- Philip Hodgskiss
- Rachel Parker
- Ros Williamson
- Kelvin Oxwell
- Matthew Williams
- Jaron Helman