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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 ex-student of The Girls & Boys Brigade and is committed to ensuring the continued future success and stability of the centre for generations of children, youth and families of the area. Stefan grew up with a love of animals, and has had almost every different pet you can imagine! Stefan is holding a photo of himself as a five-year-old with his pet rabbit “Oliver Twitch”.
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. Andrea is holding a photo of herself at a cousins wedding in the 1960s, a great time for dressing up!
Tory has been working with the Brigade for two years after moving from Brisbane to Sydney in 2021. Her previous role saw her working with Netball Queensland as the Program Coordinator for Netball Clinics and Walking Netball. She enjoys her multi-faceted role as the Office Manager, supporting staff, families, and children. Tory is passionate about helping children and youth realise their full potential and holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and a Diploma of Business. In addition to her work at the Brigade, she is also studying a Bachelor of Psychology. Tory grew up loving sport and being outdoors. She is holding a photo of herself at age five, a time when she loved playing with her hula hoop.
Tracy has worked in the sector for 18 years and holds a Diploma of Youth Work and Bachelor of Social Work. Starting at The Girls & Boys Brigade in 2004, Tracy’s desire to see young people have equal access to opportunities has been a large part of her focus, and her current role as Programs Manager builds on the deep connections she has developed with families. A local herself, Tracy enjoys seeing the progression of children and youth as they become valuable and productive members of their community. Tracy is holding a picture of herself at age five and a half, heading off to her second year at school. It didn’t matter that the bag was half the size of her, Tracy would not have anything other than her favourite orange school bag!
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. Mel is holding a photo at age seven, an age when she loved riding her BMX with friends.
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. Stu is holding a photo of himself playing baseball. As a kid, Stu loved playing baseball as well as almost any other sport: not much has changed over the years.
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. Bill is holding a picture of himself as a nine-year-old fullback for the mighty Dundas Valley Vikings.
Youth Support Worker
Ashley began working with youth five years ago, doing outreach work, aftercare casework and running programs in high schools such as LoveBites. Ashley is passionate about providing youth with new opportunities and skills. In her words, “I love being a youth worker and I can’t see myself doing anything else.” Ashley is holding a photo of herself at age 5, reading a book to a childhood dog of hers. Dogs were a huge part of her childhood and still are a big part of her life today – She loves them and all animals!!
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. Isabelle is holding a photo of herself around age six, climbing a tree in her favourite purple tie-dye outfit.
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.