Meet Our Team

Dominic Szeker

Project Manager

Dominic is excited about making positive change in our communities by supporting organisations to better involve volunteers with disability. He has worked with Volunteering Victoria since 2017 in two other roles: as the Policy Officer (leading the organisation’s policy, advocacy and research) and the Volunteer Advocacy Manager (for the Victoria Election 2018).

Dominic is responsible for delivering a project in increase disability inclusion in the community sector and continues to work on Volunteering Victoria’s advocacy campaigns as a volunteer. Dominic joined Volunteering Victoria in May 2017 to lead policy, advocacy and research development after four years working in the Victorian Government.

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 passionate about working with government and organisations to ensure the volunteering sector in Victoria is thriving.

Dominic grew up in Aotearoa / New Zealand where he obtained a First Class Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in political studies and philosophy from Otago University. Dominic is an enthusiastic traveller and has volunteered abroad on a number of occasions, including in response to the 2009 earthquake in Padang, Indonesia.

Marnie Higgs

Communication & Stakeholder Coordinator

Marnie enthusiastically joined Volunteering Victoria in December 2018, specifically to work on the Victoria ALIVE project as the Communications and Stakeholder Coordinator. Marnie’s background is predominantly in the private sector, working in Marketing for well over 10 years.

Marnie is also a passionate volunteer, most recently being accepted into the Speakers Bureau with Beyondblue in mid-2018, sharing her lived experiences with groups and organisations around Melbourne.

Marnie found hidden talent with watercolour painting in late 2016, building her own website and regularly doing markets around Melbourne, including showcasing work at the Camberwell Art Show. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) from Monash University, and also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Swinburne University.

Camellia Sayed

Marketing & Communications Officer

Camellia Sayed joined the Volunteering Victoria team in June 2018 and is currently also working on the Victoria Alive Project. She assists in the development and implementation of the annual marketing and membership plan with a focus on development of dedicated online marketing campaigns and promotional activities.

Dubbed the social justice warrior amongst friends, Camellia has more than 2 years work experience in corporate sectors in both finance and marketing, but has always had a passion for community services and social change. Whilst working in the private sector, she contributed her time at AIMES, working with refugees in the Refugee Settlement Program.

She also holds a BA in Banking and Finance and Masters in Marketing.

Jenna Chia

Project Officer

Jenna joined Volunteering Victoria in October 2018 as Project Officer on the Victoria ALIVE project. She has a commitment to promoting disability inclusion in the community, and previously worked on a community-based research project in western Melbourne, exploring the experience of PWD when seeking to volunteer.

Jenna also has a strong interest in mental health awareness through her previous work as a mental health clinician, and is passionate about promoting gender equality.

Jenna has completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University, and a Master of Public Health, majoring in Gender and Women’s Health, at the University of Melbourne.

David Perry

Policy & Research Officer

David Perry has 20 years’ experience in the Neighbourhood House sector and is currently the Policy and Research Officer with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria. He has conducted a number of research projects and co-authored research reports including “Community Career Counselling - Enabling career guidance and learner choice for people with disability in adult education” for the Adult Community and Further Education Board and “Multiple Benefits”, an analysis of a survey of 46,000 Neighbourhood House participants in Victoria.

David administers, analyses and reports on an annual survey of around 380 Neighbourhood Houses for NHVic and the Department of Health & Human Services.