About Us

Who We Are

Board Members

The Board of Management is made up of highly qualified business people from the Sunraysia area as well as members of different cultural groups who are a vital part of the Mildura community.

Redgina Balchin

President

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Ian Japp

Vice President

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Pamela Bibby

Secretary

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Catarine Monteleone

Treasurer

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Garth Boyd

Committee Member

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Daniel Whitford

Committee Member

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Nina Smart

Committee Member

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Aloysius Kamara

Committee Member

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Shiva Neiker

Committee Member

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Staff Members

Joelle Brown

Interim Executive Officer

(Australia)

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My name is Jo and I am the Programs Manager and Interim Executive Officer. I started at SMECC in December 2018. My cultural heritage is English and Irish. My ancestors came to Australia in the late 1800’s and settled into Victorian and South Australian colonies. My role here at SMECC is extremely varied and provides me with a great feeling of pride.

Joelle Brown

Programs Manager

(Australia)

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My name is Jo and I am the Programs Manager and Interim Executive Officer. I started at SMECC in December 2018. My cultural heritage is English and Irish. My ancestors came to Australia in the late 1800’s and settled into Victorian and South Australian colonies. My role here at SMECC is extremely varied and provides me with a great feeling of pride.

Julyn Chan

Finance & Administration Officer

(Sri Lanka)

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My name is Juls. I started working at SMECC in March 2013. I am an Australian, however, my parents are from Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. I speak English and Sinhala fluently, but do speak a little Thai. I am the Finance Officer at SMECC.

Ratna Dwi Savitri

Executive Assistant

(Indonesia)

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My name is Ratna and I started work at SMECC in January 2019 as Executive Assistant. I am an Indonesian. I am able to speak Indonesian and English.

Rosette Ndinduruvugo

Reception/ Administration Assistant

(Burundi)

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My name is Rosette and I started work at SMECC in November 2016. I am Burundian, I speak Kirundi, Swahili, English. My position at SMECC is as Receptionist.

Walaa Sabri

Client Services Worker and Aged Care Systems Navigator Worker

(Iraq)

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My Name is Walaa and I have been working at SMECC since October 2017. I am originally from Iraq, which is an Arabic speaking background and have been living in Australia since 2002. My Role at SMECC is- Client services case worker for the following programs- Settlement Engagement and Transition support, Aged Care Systems Navigator and Family Strengthening project.

Samia Fox

Client Services Worker and Aged Care Systems Navigator Worker (Swan Hill)

(Morocco)

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Juvelina Guterres

Community Programs Coordinator

(Timor Leste)

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My name is Juvelina, I have been working at SMECC since 2010 and my role is Community Programs Coordinator. These programs include, Playgroup, Driving Program, Client employment services, and Youth support (Supervisor). I am originally from East Timor and I am fluent in 4 Languages these include, Tetum, Indonesian, Malay, and English. I also speak some Portuguese.

Jean Reed

Playgroups Assistant

(Australia)

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Corey Iredale

Regional Migration Coordinator

(Australia)

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My name is Corey. I am the Regional Migration Coordinator for the Loddon Mallee Region. The program I manage is Try, Test and Learn: A Bridge to Regional Employment & Opportunities. I began working for SMECC in November 2019 when the TTL Program was launched. My great great grandfather was the first Doctor in Mildura, Dr. Otto Louis Moritz Abrowmowski. His family origins were Russian and German. The remainder of my family heritage is primarily British and German. I have been very fortunate to travel to many parts of the world, however the only language I speak is English.

Ray Cadmore

Strategic Engagement Coordinator

(Australia)

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I am Ray, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Strategic Engagement Coordinator, based at Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council. I am a business operations manager and community/regional engagement specialist who has significant impact on regional development at individual, community group, and industry levels via work in strategic engagement, project and program management, and workplace training and education in the private and public sectors.

Danielle Hren

Training Program Lead

(Australia)

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My name is Dani and I started work at SMECC in November 2016. I am an Australian but my father and grandparents were refugees from Poland and arrived in the 1950s. I have been a Japanese teacher and I try to speak a little Dari and Swahili. I coordinate the English EAL education programs and the Cultural competency and awareness programs at SMECC.

Latifa Jaffri

Sessional ACFE Educator

(Afghanistan)

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Jamuna Jackson

Outreach Coordinator

(Sri Lankan Tamil)

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I am Jamuna and feel incredibly privileged to secure employment as an Outreach Co-ordinator. I am multi-lingual, besides English – I speak Tamil and Sinhalese. My passion is advocating for the members of the CALD community, empowering them to take ownership of their lives and achieve a degree of independence in their adopted country. I have seized opportunities to put the life skills I have obtained over the years into practice.

Kunnika Powell

Outreach Worker

(Thailand)

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My name is Kunnika and I started work at SMECC September 2020. I am fromThailand. I also speak Cambodian and Lao too. I am a full time Outreach Worker at SMECC. I love to talk with people and help the community to be strong with a happy life in Australia.

Emmie Dowling

Outreach Worker

(Australia)

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My name is Emmie and I started work at SMECC in September 2020. I am an Australian and I speak French and English. My position at SMECC is Outreach Worker.

Hanifa Khudaram

Outreach Worker

(Afghanistan)

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My name is Hanifa and I started work at SMECC in September 2020. I am Afghani and I speak Dari, Hazaragi, Urdu and English. My position at SMECC  is Outreach worker.

Karina Nolan

Outreach Worker (Swan Hill)

(Australia)

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My Name is Karina and I start working at SMECC in October 2020. I’m an Australian and my role is Outreach worker in Swan Hill and surrounding areas.

Viliami Vea

Outreach Worker

(Tonga)

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My name is Viliami, I am originally from the island kingdom of Tonga. I’ve started at SMECC in September 2020. My role is Outreach Worker. I speak fluent in English, Tongan and a little bit of Samoan. I came to Australia in 1987. My parents were both Tongan.

Vincent (Olivier) Kamanzi

Outreach Worker and Youth Worker

(Congo)

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My name is Vincent I started to work at SMECC in September 2020. I am Congolese and I can speak English, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda and Swahili. I am working as an outreach worker at SMECC.

Henry Mukandilwa

Food Relief Worker

(Congo)

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Rebeca Remku

Receptionist

(Myanmar)

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My name is Rebeca and I come from Burma. I arrived in Australia in March 2018. I can speak Hakha/Chin (my mother tongue), English and Mizo. I am at SMECC reception every Thursday and Friday.

Razie Abdullah

SETS Worker

(Afghanistan)

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Aaron Abdul Rahman

Food Relief Worker

(Malaysia)

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