We are a small organisation making big changes in the City of Port Phillip. We can be considered a pilot project and an example of how society can be more socially and materially inclusive of all its members .
Apart from Fr Bob who doesn't seem to have an off button and is still working in his 80's, we have 3 full time and 2 part time staff. Most of the heavy lifting and frontline work is done by our dedicated and exceptional volunteers.
Fr Bob Maguire Executive chairman AM RFD
Founder and Chairman of The Father Bob Maguire Foundation.
Founder of Open Family Foundation
Founder of Emerald Hill Mission
Tony is a Consultant in the Collins Street Law Firm of Wisewould Mahony. He is a Practicing Lawyer with over 50 years experience. In addition to his role as a Practicing Lawyer he is now mentoring younger lawyers in the firm. Tony has assisted Father Bob Maguire since 1975 in a pro bono capacity. In his working life Tony has been involved with the hospitality industry, sporting clubs, community clubs and a large range of individual personal clients. Tony has been married to Mary for over 50 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Tony is a past President and Life Member of the Victoria Golf Club and is its Legal Advisor.
Paul Brophy has been involved in the non-for-profit for over 30years. Paul managed an aged care facility for the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence, he has also received several national awards in recognition of his contribution to the aged care industry over a thirty year period.
Sarah has worked in the Victorian Community Services sector for over 35 years since the early 1980's. Her work has included: the deinstitutionalisation of Allambie Children's Home, also research and presentation of findings on police use of "three week stays" for young people in Turana and Winlaton Youth Training Centres; member of the Young Women's Housing Collective, and then Committee of Management for Courtney Youth Services - Melbourne's first hostel for young women; Carlton Community Youth Support Scheme; Stopover Youth Refuge, also worked with the Union on a new Award for Supported Housing workers; the Tenants Union of Victoria as Committee member and then Co-ordinator; resource worker on publications, and statewide trainer with the Management Support and Training Unit at the Victorian Council of Social Services; consultant to community organisations developing Policy and Procedures Manuals (including the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, Carers Victoria, North Eastern Alliance for the Mentally Ill and Mutitjulu Women's Centre at Uluru); Director on the Board of the Erica Foundation (a Victorian based Philanthropic Trust). Throughout this time Sarah has been a key supporter of Oxfam Australia, especially with the "Ending Gender Violence" project in Papua New Guinea, and the Food Security programs in Timor Leste, Cambodia, and Laos.
Sarah has been working with the Father Bob Maguire Foundation since July 2017 to deliver the RoboBus Project - Australia's first mobile STEM classroom. Her work has involved securing funding and liaising with funders, program development, management support, and employment of staff for the project. RoboBus is now a very successful and valued resource helping to end digital poverty for hundreds of children in inner Melbourne.
Sarah has been a member of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation Board since March 2019, and is currently the Treasurer.