Our volunteers drive our organisation.

From our board to our helpers in the warehouse, we're almost entirely volunteer-run, and we're endlessly grateful for what they allow us to do. They pack hampers, make deliveries, talk to clients, organise fundraisers, and most of all, they make our community stronger by helping out those in it who are most in need. Our volunteers are too numerous to name, but thank you to everyone past and present who has played a part in making West Welcome Wagon what it is today.

If you would like to become a volunteer, click here.

Chris Scerri - Board Chair

Chris Scerri grew up in West Sunshine after migrating here from Malta in 1963. He graduated from University of Melbourne as an Electrical Engineer and enjoyed careers with Telstra (20 years) and Siemens/Nokia/Coriant (16 years) in a variety of Engineering, Sales and Management roles. Together with his wife Anne, they have three daughters, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Chris loves spending time with his family, growing a large variety of orchids and finds his volunteering activities fulfilling and rewarding. He hopes to engender a strong team culture within the Board and the broader West Welcome Wagon community. His greatest wish in volunteering is to provide hope to the many people that we support.

 

Greg Doyle - Treasurer

 

 

Kerry Free - Secretary

Kerry Free brings with her extensive Alternative Dispute Resolution experience and enhanced negotiation, problem solving and communication skills. She has experience in policy development and has a strong commitment to improving the plight of asylum seekers.

 

Roland Wahlquist - Board Member

Roland Wahlquist retired to Melbourne after a career in the wine industry. A passionate believer in multiculturalism and the rights of asylum seekers, Roland has had a number of roles in West Welcome Wagon including Human Resources Manager, Warehouse Coordinator and Policy and Compliance Manager. As well as his board role at West Welcome Wagon he is also the Sustainable Supply Manager and assists the volunteer team with large goods deliveries.

 

David Redmond - Board Member

David migrated to Australia from England and lived in Preston hostel before buying his first home in Werribee. He has an extensive career in senior management in retail, as well as having been an advisory board member for the Salvation Army Family Stores. David has a desire to influence both the Australian and local government to provide better support for disadvantaged new arrivals to Australia.

 

Priya Chandra - Board Member

 

 

Catherine Ryan - Board Member

 

 

Wendy Grimston - Board Member

 

 

Candice McGregor - CEO

Candice McGregor is an IT specialist with over 10 years experience in designing, developing and implementing IT solutions. Born a Westie, she is passionate about supporting local initiatives, sustainability and social justice. She joined West Welcome Wagon in August 2014 and has been heavily involved in the operations ever since, across a number of roles within the organisation.

Candice was appointed our inaugural CEO in May 2017.

 

Roland Wahlquist - Operations Manager

Roland Wahlquist retired to Melbourne after a career in the wine industry. A passionate believer in multiculturalism and the rights of asylum seekers, Roland has had a number of roles in West Welcome Wagon including Human Resources Manager, Warehouse Coordinator and Policy and Compliance Manager. As well as his role of Sustainable Supply Manager he also sits on the Board and assists the volunteer team with large goods deliveries.

 

Sarah Salter - Media & Communications Manager