Stefan has over 15 years of experience working in the recreation and leisure industry, with over 10 of those years in management roles with responsibility for some of the largest contracts in the country. He started his career as a swimming coach and has been involved in teaching children of all ages in a range of different sports. Stefan is an alumnus of The Girls & Boys Brigade and is committed to ensuring the success and stability of the centre for generations of children, youth and families of the area.
Finance Officer & Company Secretary
Andrea started with the Brigade in 2004 and enjoys her role looking after all the finances for the Brigade. Using her experience in banking and computer systems, Andrea has been able to help the Brigade stay up to date in financial management and install systems to streamline its financial operations. Andrea enjoys the challenges that working for a small charity can bring and loves the sound of children’s voices through the building.
Originally from Scotland, Diane holds a Batchelor of Social Work and has been supporting young people and their families for over 15 years in various roles. She has spent a large portion of her career in the Out of Home Care sector, supporting young people who are living away from their families. Diane is passionate about empowering individuals to unlock their full potential, helping them navigate life’s challenges with resilience and determination.
Mel has worked in the Community Services sector for over 10 years. She started working with children when she moved to the Gold Coast in 2014. Mel worked for Choice, Passion, Life and worked closely with children and young people living in care. Mel was involved in after school care and vacation care programs as well as doing her teacher aide course and working casually in Gold Coast special needs schools.
Stu has spent many years working in public health, developing, delivering and evaluating state-wide health programs targeting those most in need of support for their health and wellbeing. Stu also has plenty of experience working with children, in particular, youth engagement, sport and outdoor activities. He started his career working as an exercise physiologist, assisting people through injury rehab programs as well as disease management programs before finding his true passion, developing and delivering programs to meet the needs of various communities.
Bill has been working in the youth sector for three years and is currently studying his Diploma in Youth Work. He worked at The Girls & Boys Brigade as a casual for two years before coming on board as the Youth Support Officer in 2019. Bill is keen to encourage young people to work on their fitness and nutrition and loves using his interest in art, graphic design & sports to inspire young people to find their drive and passion.
Family Support Coordinator
Stephanie has thirty- six years of experience working in the community sector, most recently she spent four years managing a family support service in Parramatta. Stephanie holds a Masters in International Social Work and community development, a Bachelor of Welfare and a qualification in grief and trauma counselling, with this she has had the opportunity to work in Homelessness, Addictions, Disability, Childcare, Family Support, Out of Home Care, Youth, Health, Community Development. Steph is a coastal girl where she brought up her family on the Mid North Coast of NSW, so you will often find her at the beach on days off. However she has worked and lived in Victoria, Queensland and lived in a remote Aboriginal community at the top of Australia for a while.
Donna has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years across a variety of organisations including international aid, health, environmental and disability organisations. She fell in love with fundraising as a career when she saw the difference that could be made in the community. Donna is hands on and involved with all aspects of fundraising and loves working with the committed and passionate team members of The Girls and Boys Brigade.
Fundraising Communications Coordinator
Isabelle began “working” with children and youth (as a very excited babysitter!) as soon as she could, and quickly discovered a love for it. As time went on, Isabelle chose to build her profession around her passion for writing, while continuing to work with youth as a volunteer Sunday School teacher. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to practice both passions through this role.