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 three full time and two part time staff. Most of the heavy lifting and frontline work is done by our dedicated and exceptional volunteers.
Our team From Left to Right
Anice Curlis: Social Worker Fr Bob Maguire: Chairman, Founder and team mentor Peta Knights: Bookkeeper, Deb Korman: Tuesday Community Meal Coordinator (Kehilat Nitzan) Graham Collier: Wednesday Community Meal coordinator (Edmund Rice Foundation) and Fr Bob Foundation Jack of all things volunteer. Donna Paxton: Community Pantry Coordinator, local legend, mother, sister and Aunty of the South, Ellen Frajman: Monday Community Meal Coordinator (Temple Beth Israel), Mark Young: Outreach Manager, Belinda McNamara: Community Pantry volunteer. Mem River: Executive Officer Harrison J Thorpe: Executive assistant Josephine Lettieri: Sunday Community Meal Coordinator, Monique Warshall: Friday Community Meal Coordinator, Andrea Cafnik: Volunteer Event Coordinator, Pam Darling: Lawyer Trish Apiti: Receptionist/Office Manager, Zach Wheeler: Operations Manager
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
Retired Assistant Commissioner of Taxation (ATO). Tony has a Law Degree and a Masters in Taxation. He currently sits on the Melbourne City Council Homelessness Advisory Group.
Tony has been a practitioner of law since 1966, Until recently he was a managing partner of the Wisewould and Mahony Law Firm. Tony has always been interested in pro-bono work and has assisted the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Outback Spirit Foundation and various other groups.
Janet is the CEO of SouthPort Community Housing and has worked with the organisation for more than two decades. Her life's work has been dedicated to housing everyone in the community and ending homelessness.
Paul is the manager of Sambell Lodge (The Brotherhood of Saint Laurence), a large aged care facility specialising in people who have had a lived experience of homelessness and a history of mental health issues.
In 2015 Paul was awarded the HESTA award for Excellence in Aged Care.