VicSRC Acting Manager

Nina Laitala

Nina took over as the new VicSRC Project Officer in May 2016. Nina holds a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance), a Master of Education (Music) and has over a decade of teaching and facilitation experience within Australia and overseas. In March 2017 she stepped in to the role of Acting Manager.

Using music education as a tool to increase inclusiveness in education, she has developed and implemented programs for pre-school, primary and secondary schools that focus on encouraging self-expression through song-writing.

With a strong belief in arts-based programs as a tool for empowerment and increased community connection she has worked with a diverse range of people and is passionate about ensuring young people have the opportunity to be active in decision making that affects their lives. 

Nina spends her spare time making music and mess with her young family and reading Scandinavian crime novels.

VicSRC Communications Officer

VicSRC Events & Communications Officer, Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell joined the VicSRC team as Events & Communications Officer in September 2014, coming with a strong background in not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK.  In November 2016 she took on the role of VicSRC Communications Officer. She believes in the power of good communications to build personal, interpersonal and community capacity. From exploring creative approaches to the curriculum through theatre and education, to planning multi-channel campaigns sharing the voices of young people, Fiona brings passion for creative content production, event management and social media into the mix.

With a Bachelors Degree in Arts – Drama and a Masters in Communications, Fiona’s always looking for new learning experiences. When she’s not working, Fiona enjoys hatching travel plans, playing social sport and reading a good book. She’s also a strong advocate of afternoon biscuit time. In fact, if you’re looking for the culprit who stole the last biscuit out of the jar – it was probably her.

VicSRC Events Officer

Kat Daymond, 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, VicSRC Student and Administration Assistant

Aisha Trambas - bio coming soon!

VicSRC Facilitator

Pinchy Breheny, VicSRC Casual Facilitator

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.

VicSRC Facilitator

Matty Sievers, VicSRC Casual Facilitator

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 him he brings numerous years’ experience in facilitation and advocacy for student and youth participation. He will put his skills to good work facilitating the Student Voice Workshops in 2017. Matty’s drive and passion for youth empowerment began early on when he started to work closely with his local Council in various programs and initiatives relating to young people and issues pertaining to them.

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.