West Welcome Wagon is run entirely by volunteers – including Committee, Coordinators, admin and those who donate and deliver goods. Our volunteer team is dedicated to enriching the lives of asylum seekers who make Melbourne’s West their home.
The Structure of West Welcome Wagon
These are people who have liked our public Facebook page “West Welcome Wagon”. These valued members of our community respond to our requests for essential asylum seeker items. There are currently over 4,000 followers. Please note that the former Facebook group has been closed.
CORE is a group of people who have been invited to participate in the running of the organisation in a more structured way. These people have signed the volunteer agreement and undertake a range of leadership roles within the organisation. For example, they may be on the Committee, provide administrative support, be a coordinator, or work on grant applications. There are currently over 200 members in CORE.
Members of the incorporated association, West Welcome Wagon, Inc.
These are members of CORE who have submitted a consent form to the Committee and been approved as a member with voting rights. Under the rules of association, these members can vote at the AGM and at special meetings called from time to time, where decisions are made about finances, structure and strategic direction. Members also elect a Committee who are then tasked with the day to day running of the association, including banking, implementing policies and approving actions of other volunteers on behalf of WWW Inc.
All members – be they Facebook followers or in CORE – are incredibly valuable. Everyone plays a vital role in keeping this organisation focused on delivering support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Thank you for your patience, and your ongoing support as our organisation continues to develop and adapt and expand.
Any questions? Please feel free to send the Committee Secretary an email via email@example.com
Our Committee decides the strategic direction and operational management of West Welcome Wagon. Our Committee is entirely voluntary, and includes:
Marnie Kelly - President
Marnie is an experienced manager, passionate about practical asylum seeker support, and building the organisations’ capacity. She loves living in the West, and the community's support for the organisation.
Patricia Montagne Longue - Treasurer
Patricia is a chartered accountant with over 10 years in business services and taxation. She is passionate about sustainable living and is proud of the work West Welcome Wagon does in re-homing good quality goods that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Candice McGregor - General Committee Member
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 local initiatives and using information technology to improve processes and communication.
Chelsea Hughes - General Committee Member
Chelsea is a librarian with over 15 years working in public, national and academic libraries. She loves working in the public service and is passionate to share her belief in the importance of helping your neighbours in need. Originally from Texas, Chelsea is also a New Zealand citizen and has lived in Australia for nearly five years.
Sinead Mildenhall - Vice President
Sinead is a lifelong Westie with a passion for local asylum seeker and environmental community initiatives. She is studying a Juris Doctor at RMIT University and works in federal government.
Olivia Goodman - Secretary
Olivia is a solicitor with over 15 years experience in government and health law. Her strong commitment to community and social justice has led to roles in organisations such as Edmund Rice Camps Inc and Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre Inc. Originally from Tasmania, she is now proud to call 'the West' home.
Jessica Billimoria - General Committee Member
Jessica is a marketing communications specialist with 10 years experience working for government, non-profit and private sector corporations. Living in Melbourne's West, she is excited to play a role in the next phase for West Welcome Wagon.
Mia McGregor - Founder
Mia served West Welcome Wagon as the Founder and President for nearly three years (September 2013-April 2016). Mia has more than ten years experience in the not-for-profit and charity sector, and is an experienced senior manager of mental health services. She immigrated to Australia in 1996, and is proud to be a citizen living in Melbourne's West. Mia is an Honorary Life Member of WWW.