VicSRC Executive Officer
Nina Laitala joined VicSRC as Project Officer in May 2016. Motivated by the organisation’s vision and dedication to strengthening the voice and participation of young people, she was appointed as Executive Officer in April 2017.
Nina holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Education and has over a decade of teaching, facilitation and project management experience within Australia and overseas.
Using the arts as a tool to increase inclusiveness in education, she has developed and implemented strength based programs for diverse community and school groups, including recently arrived migrants and refugees, young people with disabilities and schools affected by the Black Saturday fires.
Nina spends her spare time having fun with her family and will take any opportunity to sing and dance in public, much to the embarrassment of her kids.
VicSRC Events Officer
Kat Daymond joined the VicSRC team as Events Officer in January 2017. Kat brings the perfect combination of Events Management and Youth Work experience. Kat currently works part time as a Youth Worker with the City of Glen Eira and volunteers with the Reach Foundation, and WhiteLion youth mentoring program. Prior to re-training as a youth worker, Kat worked in Event Management for over 7 years, specialising in Education events.
Kat is passionate about advocating and empowering youth and being a positive role model and mentor to future generations.
Kat has a Diploma in Events Management and a Diploma in Community Services and in her spare time loves having adventures with her husky, being an eco-warrior and drinking coffee.
VicSRC Student Engagement Coordinator
Benita Bruce has worked in youth advocacy and school engagement for the past four years. She is excited about empowering young people to create meaningful change in their schools and wider communities. Benita grew up in rural NSW and so is particularly passionate about engaging with students from regional and rural areas.
Benita spends her spare time volunteering to shape feminist communities, is definitely a dog person, and still won’t drink coffee despite living in Melbourne for almost a decade.
VicSRC Student Engagement Assistant
Micah Maglaya joined VicSRC in July 2018 as the Student Engagement Assistant.
She has been involved with many youth advocacy and school engagement programs over the years, and has developed an unrelenting passion to empower young people and provide platforms where their voices can be heard. Micah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Studies, and has been actively involved as a volunteer in her community to promote youth advocacy, such as being a former youth councillor at the Knox Youth Council.
When not drinking tea, you’ll find Micah writing screenplays (or just writing in general), and spending time with her friends and family!
VicSRC Projects Coordinator
VicSRC Communications Officer
Nell MacColljoined the VicSRC in January 2018 as the Communications Officer. Originally from Brisbane Nell has a background in arts, advocacy and education with a detour into publishing. She's passionate about all forms of media and the many avenues available in the digital age that make it easier than ever before for student voice to be heard.
She is currently studying a Masters of Information Management at RMIT University and inveigling her way into the creative and advocacy communities, particularly queer and gender centred advocacy.
When not reading the endless stream of news in her inbox or schedueling social media she is an avid consumer of almost all forms of pop culture, cat cuddles and anything she bakes in her cosy apartment.
VicSRC Student Voice Hub Digital Project Coordinator
Kirsty Fromholtz joined VicSRC in 2018 as the digital project coordinator on the Student Voice Hub.
Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and is currently completing a Master of Information Technology at the University of Melbourne. She has a particular interest in Human Computer Interaction and is excited to utilise these skills to facilitate the development of the Student Voice Hub.
Kirsty also has an extensive background in community engagement through the arts and more recently has been facilitating creative technology workshops with young people.
When she is not coding and creating, you’ll find her spending time doing general outdoorsy things like hiking, climbing and camping.
VicSRC Admin Assistant
David Trevorrow became part of the VicSRC community in 2016 as a VicSRC Executive and is thrilled to be back as an Administration Assistant helping behind the scenes to support the VicSRC’s amazing work.
David brings a fresh experience of school and student voice, having recently graduated secondary school where he was heavily involved in his school’s Student Representative Council and other community groups. He is incredibly passionate about student voice and strongly believes that genuinely involving all students at all levels improves the quality and relevance teaching and learning, improving student engagement and empowering young Victorians.
Beyond the VicSRC, David is studying a Bachelor of Arts. He is also secretary of his local archery club and a member of the Office for the Victorian Information Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group. In his spare time, he loves music, movies and a good book.
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