STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

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Ms Lorelle Said

Employment Program Advisor (Volunteer)

Lorelle Said brings 25 years’ experience as Human Resources (HR) Generalist with a track record of partnering C Suite over the last 12 years.  As a trusted business partner and thought leader, Lorelle enables measurable return on HR investment across blue-chip corporates including Qantas, NAB, Telstra and the Community Sector including Africause, Youth Activating Youth and Spectrum

Lorelle is motivated by building capability and mutual learning networks across disadvantaged, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, industry and government.  Recent, personal highlights include, enabling full employment for 1:3 CALD community members at Transdev in partnership with African-Australian community organisations, over a 12 month period, amid COVID 19.

Lorelle incorporates a working knowledge of employment legislation, mainstream HR workplace practices and an authentic relationship approach, bridging all sectors to enable sustainable employment outcomes.  Resulting learning networks between core services, community, government and industry facilitate the team’s ability to deliver tailored, co-designed and co-delivered community and industry employability, recruitment retention, and cultural intelligence training.

Underpinning Lorelle’s track record is a Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Services Marketing, Post Graduate Diploma in HR and Industrial Relations, Bachelor Arts (Honours), Myers Briggs® Step I™ and Step II™ Certified II, Community Engagement Essentials Cert I and currently completing a Cert IV in Community Services

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Natasha De Almeida

Secretary and admin (Part time and volunteer)

Ms. Natasha is a part-time and Volunteer office secretary and admin. She has a vast experience in administration and public relationship. She is the face of Africause (AAMEYS) with client’s interactions and support services.

Natasha as the face of the organisation, welcoming visitors every day with a smile, and helps them with completing visitors form and prepares them to meet the staff members of Africause (AAMEYS). Without Natasha and other staff members at the front Desk everyday of the week Africause (AAMEYS) cannot survive and thrive, particularly the new arrivals from refugee camps have challenges to start their journey, Natasha make the journey very pleasant.

Natasha also co-ordinates and organizes the weekend and weekdays adult volunteer English class at our office. She participates as a tutor after the English classes with their homework and other activities in their English learning.

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Khaled Messoudi

Youth Employment facilitator (Part time and volunteer)

Khaled is currently the leading the JVEN project, which is the division of Africause (AAMEYS) responsible providing employment support services, especially helping people with pathways to a desired career.

Khaled graduated from RMIT with honours in International Business. Notably, Khaled worked for Vodafone as a managing Director for four years and in 2015, founded the Ascent Football Academy, providing pathways for young and emerging Soccer talent, to play in the Hyundai A-League and Asia League.

Khaled’s social skills, friendly approach and network makes the disengaged young people, particularly “youth from juvenile justice and adult offenders coming from prison” to connect with their communities and commence their new journey with confidence. Last year Khaled achieved a record employment (178 young people) support for members of the local communities with the JVEN project. Africause become the go to for members of the local communities for employment and other justice related support in the Western suburb, because of Khaled.

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Mrs. Fathi Hassan staff and volunteer

Immigration registration agent

(MARN 1909782) (Part time and volunteer)

Mrs Fathi Hassan is a very energetic young mother with children. She is originally from Somalia arrived in Australia as a child.

A very prominent and successful woman in her family life, personal and as a member of the Somali community a good role model. She graduated from Victoria University in Immigration law and currently working as an immigration agent (MARN 1909786). She worked in different field including TELSTRA (TSA GROUP), CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SALES AGENT, (2016 – 2017); Howard kingham lodge, in 2005; and Glandale Age Care Facility in management in 2008 2010. A very friendly with big smile welcoming visitors, you don’t need to know her, with one visit you become familiar, as if you know her for years.  She is a good communicator with very understandable patience.

With very strong personality and high professional integrity, he is a role for young mothers, that family and work balance. As a woman, she has been a good role model for many young girls from the Horn of Africa and African communities in the western suburb.

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Mr. Jemal Ahmed Hagos

Administration and Supporting New Refugee Arrival

(Part time and volunteer)

Mr. Jemal has Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is a refugee from Eritrea and he was made refugee at his early age.

He fled to Ethiopia and he created self-support business in the Refugee camp in Ethiopia and funded himself to move to Addis Abeba. He joined the university and again, funded himself to complete his bachelor degree. He moved to Egypt and worked as translator and Eritrean refugee case writer and also worked as money remittance business owner to provide refugee access to their relatives to receive financial support from around the world in Egypt. Mr. Jemal and his wife self-funded for the Australian Humanitarian Community Pilot project cases. He is creative and innovative to survive in odd situations. He prepares drafts refugee cases for migration agents and supported women and children with language barrier in refugee camps. Jemal is a survivor and self-made young man with great potential. Currently, Jemal is studying migration law at Victoria University.

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Adisa Festic

Volunteer admin staff and event organiser (volunteer)

Adisa as a volunteer worked with Africause for over a year and she was liked by many of our visitors as a front face of the organisation in Admin.

She demonstrated excellent character though her contribution and activities within our community and her participation supported good causes in humanity including the homeless dinner and lunch organised every year, and other activities include the different workshops at VU Metro west with community members and mainstream. Adisa has been very valuable members of our communities, particularly as mainstream Aussie, her friendly communication for many new arrivals has been a sign of very welcoming Australia.

Adisa is very generous, sensitive to other people’s needs and cares a lot about disadvantaged women and youth, Africause is honoured to be Adisa as a volunteer staff.

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Rachel Sumich-Antonik

Project Officer (full time)- WDP and Community Programs

Rachel has been employed by Africause as part of the Working for Victoria program. Rachel has a solid academic foundation in health and the arts, an extensive professional history including 15 yrs of acute nursing primarily in pediatric burns, emergency and allergy. She developed a youth safety program with Moonee Valley Police, and over 3yrs delivered it across 10 schools, positively impacting more than 500 students. For the last 8yrs she has co-directed her small business in the live performing arts industry.

She demonstrated excellent character though her contribution and activities within our community and her participation supported good causes in humanity including the homeless dinner and lunch organised every year, and other activities include the different workshops at VU Metro west with community members and mainstream. Adisa has been very valuable members of our communities, particularly as mainstream Aussie, her friendly communication for many new arrivals has been a sign of very welcoming Australia.

Adisa is very generous, sensitive to other people’s needs and cares a lot about disadvantaged women and youth, Africause is honoured to be Adisa as a volunteer staff.

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Youth Outreach Worker (Part-Time)

Madalyn started working with Africause as part of the Working for Victoria program and currently working as a part-time Youth Outreach Worker and available on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Madalyn graduated from Griffith University (QLD) with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as graduating from Swinburne University of Technology (VIC) with a Diploma of Community Services.

 

Madalyn has experience working with young people from multicultural backgrounds, as well as young people struggling with mental health, addiction and disabilities. Madalyn enjoys working to empower, engage and educate young people, and puts great emphasis on ensuring young people’s voices are heard.

 

Madalyn is currently working on managing Africause’s Instagram and creating engaging content, as well as managing the online homework club support program. Madalyn is able to support and engage young people who need assistance with education and employment support, as well as linking young people to mental health, youth justice and other community supports.

 

In her spare time, Madalyn enjoys crafting and sewing, watching Netflix and dogspotting on afternoon walks!

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Mr. Byron Price

Youth Engagement Worker (Volunteer)

Byron has over 30 years of experience in the Correctional sector in the United States, starting with Residential Housing Assistance, Pre-trial Release, Juvenile Detention and Adult Parole.

He has worked as a Behavioural Specialist within schools. Since coming to Australia, Byron has been involved with offenders on probation, consulted with various Aboriginal sectors, interacted with the African-Australian community. He has been able to observe the disadvantages which lie within the African-Australian youth community and has a strong desire to assist in providing them with an opportunity for a better future. The time spent in this field has allowed Byron to gain relevant qualifications integral to furthering his dedication and support to the community. He is also very aware of the positive impact of engaging youth in physical activity and coaches African-Australian basketball teams.