Meet Our Project Advisory Group
As an experienced career counsellor and disability employment advocate, Mark specialises in development, coaching and transition management for people with disabilities. He has also presented on Disability Employment and Career Counselling issues at numerous national conferences. Mark spends a great deal of time supporting people with disabilities become more empowered, as well as working with employers advocating for employment practice change.
Mark volunteers on the board of directors with Belonging Matters, providing Circles of Support for people with intellectual disabilities. Mark sees the biggest challenge to volunteering is pacing yourself – his advice is to start small and only do as much as you enjoy.
Lisa believes that for inclusive volunteering to be successful you need to be respectful, patient and to always understand that people come from different backgrounds and learn differently from you. Lisa also volunteers with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and is excited to share her first-hand knowledge of volunteering with people with a disability.
Ali sees inclusive volunteering practices as all of this and more – with the added benefits of reflecting community demographics, capitalising on specific skills and providing wellbeing and purpose for all involved. Ali strongly believes that meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in our community benefits everyone.
Living with a physical disability has its daily challenges, but Judy believes that people who are home-bound or home all day need to be able to feel they still belong to the wider community – and that volunteering is a great way for this to happen.
Living with an acquired brain injury has had its challenges but hasn’t stopped Julyne leading by example by being on the board of management for Duke Street, which she believes is a great demonstration of the abilities of people with disabilities.
Melanie is currently volunteering with the Enablers network, leading committees and teams of people with disabilities to organise events, provide advice on government programs and policies, and promote inclusion of people with disabilities within the Victorian Public Service.
Working at Yooralla in both administration and disability employment services, as well as working at a disability bookstore, Jason’s passion and enthusiasm is around creating volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities, with the potential to lead to an employment career pathway.
To broaden understanding of people with disabilities, Michael would love to see a universal education program designed for managers to learn more about working with someone who has a disability.
Tamsin Jowett’s has governance experience on Boards, with BP and as a lawyer/advocate combined with my Communications and CSR background deliver in a powerful skill mix to improve purpose driven performance. Her natural advocacy approach supports facilitating change including sitting on the Autism Inquiry Group with DHHS.
Tamsin’s coaching experience with Aspergers is assisting directly to give support through the challenges our community experience. Lived experience is key to delivering effective support for Aspergers neurodiversity.
Living with physical, mental health and developmental disability, volunteering has provided Sam with many positive experiences that she feels have greatly improved her quality of life. She wants to address the able-ism that exists in the community and support others to experience the benefits of volunteering.