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 young children.
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 & Admin Assistant
Aisha Trambas is delighted to have joined the VicSRC team in March 2017. She is a student herself, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Australian Indigenous Studies and Anthropology. To her new role, Aisha brings her own experience as a young person working for social change. She has been involved in a range of community organising and campaigning projects to support the rights of people seeking asylum, and is a weekly helper at CERES Tamil Feasts.
A young writer and maker, Aisha is passionate about the power of media and creative arts as tools for the empowerment, self-representation, and well-being of young Black folks, and young People of Colour living on this land. She is thankful for the example and achievements of the many communities working tirelessly for change, particularly First Nations, refugee and migrant, and queer communities, and hopes to continue working towards their examples with fellow youth through community arts and organising.
Aisha is always looking for new podcast recommendations to feed her habit.
VicSRC Project Officer
Mel Gaylard joined the VicSRC team in May 2017 as a Project Officer with the Teach the Teacher program. Mel is a teacher by trade and spent nine years in schools in Melbourne’s north teaching English, Humanities, Literature and VCAL. She can see the immense value in a program that empowers student voice within schools and is excited to be a part of that.
Mel spent 2015/16 as a project coordinator with Safe Schools Coalition Victoria. In this role she facilitated training and workshops with staff and students all over Victoria, including coordinating the Stand Out network in partnership with Minus18. She was also thrilled to develop resources to celebrate Victoria’s first LGBTIQ+ History Month.
In her downtime, Mel likes to car sing, get crafty and cuddle her dog.
VicSRC Communications Officer
Xavier Martin joined the VicSRC team in August 2017 as Communications Officer, bringing a combination of student engagement, storytelling and youth work to the role. With a Bachelors Degree of Media and Communication with a major in Journalism, Xavier is always looking for a good story to share (usually through a camera lens). A passion for giving voice to those who need it, along with a tech savvy approach to communications drew Xavier to the role.
Xavier is always looking for an opportunity to inspire others to be their best. Whether it be helping millennials gain financial education, giving amateur musicians a platform to play live or helping students to succeed, he's is a big believer in setting long term goals and achieving them.
A keen hiker, skate boarder, film maker and all round adventurer, when Xavier's not nursing a broken bone or torn ligament you can find him at Olympic park supporting his beloved Melbourne Storm.
Pinchy Breheny has been a long time pal of VicSRC's over the last couple of years helping out with admin and events and is super excited to be back as one of the facilitators! They will be leading the training and delivery of the Teach the Teacher program.
Pinchy comes from a background of sociology, youth work and facilitation and has worked for various youth organisations such as YacVic, VicSRC, The Reach Foundation, and also currently works for Brimbank City Council, running a social support group for LGBTIQ young people in Sunshine. Pinchy is passionate about feminism, challenging gendered social norms, puppies, creating a safe space for LGBTIQ young people, and superhero comic books.
Matty Sievers first joined the VicSRC family in 2015 as an Executive member and in March 2017 has returned as one of the VicSRC’s Facilitators. With
Since then has worked to ensure his peers’ voices are heard and advocated for at all levels of education and government, whether running Youth Summits in the Macedon Ranges Shire council, being president of his SRC or as a member of the VicSRC Executive.
When he isn’t fighting for student and youth empowerment, you can either find him making weird noises on his computer that he likes to call music, or taking photos on other people’s expensive cameras.
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