We build a community that embraces diversity
We build a community that embraces diversity
Dana joined Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. as a Project Officer in August 2017. She assists with a number of programs, including grant applications, Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects, organisation of language and computer courses, parenting programs and reports. She is originally from Iowa in the United States where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management (with distinction) from Iowa Wesleyan College and played volleyball on a scholarship, as well. Dana moved to Australia at the end of 2008, made a home in Gladstone and later became an Australian citizen in 2014.
Dana is married and mother to an energetic toddler named Lincoln and her 4-legged fur baby, Rebel. She enjoys watching and playing a number of sports. In her spare time, Dana enjoys traveling back to Iowa to see her family, working out, running and being outdoors.
Lohnet has been a Project Officer in the Rockhampton office of Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. since April 2018. Lohnet is involved in the coordination and delivery of WIN’s Rockhampton projects including the Multicultural Playgroup, the Safer Pathways for CALD Women and Their Families Program and the Seasons for Growth grief and loss education program for children.
Lohnet was born in New Zealand and is of Maori heritage. Before moving to Australia, Lohnet worked as a Case Manager for Work and Income New Zealand assisting people into employment, connecting them to appropriate training or support services and administering benefit payments. It was in this job that she provided specific support and service to migrants, refugees and women affected by Domestic and Family Violence as the Migrant Centre and Women’s Shelter Liaison worker. Since coming to Rockhampton 3 years ago, Lohnet has worked at Relationships Australia as a receptionist and has been involved in the Gracemere Junior Rugby League Club volunteering her time with administration and social media support.
Crystal is our Program Coordinator at Welcome Intercultural Neighbours and has several years of experience as a registered facilitator for our evidence based programs such as Circle of Security, 123 Magic & Emotional Coaching, Engaging Adolescents, Seasons for Growth, LOVE BiTES and has many years of experience in the Community Service Sector. Crystal is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at Central Queensland University.
Crystal lives in the picturesque Boyne Valley with her husband and 4 children, living off the grid and enjoying the challenges and experience building a self-sufficient lifestyle brings. In her spare time you will find her gardening and bushwalking with the children, enjoying the simple things nature has to offer.
Crystal is passionate about sharing information with parents that empowers them in what can sometimes be the most difficult role in their life. With knowledge comes choices, and Crystal works in group settings to ensure all parents and children walk away with a new set of ways to deal with difficult situations or other challenges in their lives.
Chantelle is a Project Officer at Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. (WIN) Rockhampton Office. Chantelle joined the team in late August 2019 and works on the Volunteer program, ‘Be Connected’ program and providing office support. Chantelle has worked and volunteered in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years, including environmental community groups, Landcare and catchment and natural resource management groups. Chantelle brings with her a passion for making a difference in community and society on equality, human rights and safe, healthy communities and environment. She shares her skills in supporting volunteers, coordinating events and managing projects for community.
Chantelle was born in regional Victoria, Australia, and shifted to the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton region nearly 20 years ago. In her spare time, you will find her outdoors enjoying nature, playing some of her many musical instruments (African drums & harp, harmonium, piano), practicing Yoga or volunteering with community, environmental and climate action groups.
Carolina is our newest addition to the Organisation, joining our team this month as a Project Officer. Carolina is a qualified Professional in Business Management and graduated with honours from Buenos Aires University in Argentina. She is a skilled Project Officer with more than seven years of experience moving projects toward success. She is passionate at collaborating with other team members, volunteers and project managers to solve issues, devise creative solutions, and identify and develop business opportunities. Since arriving to Gladstone at the end of 2008, she has turned around her career from the corporate sector to community services. She finds deep meaning and sense of belonging in connecting and giving back to the community. She is enthusiastic about fostering social cohesion and developing relationships with a shared sense of purpose. She loves drawing and painting Mandalas, deep psychology and raising her two high-spirited kids, Oriana and Santana, multi-culturally. In her spare time, you will find her cooking South American dishes, at the gym or at the beach.
Ivanka started volunteering for WIN Rockhampton in February this year and has now joined us as a staff member at the Rockhampton Inclusion Centre. She is a Program Assistant who will be facilitating the Multicultural Playgroup sessions and providing creche services during parenting programs.
Ivanka was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Australia with her husband in 2017. She lived in Mount Isa for almost one year before relocating to Rockhampton in August 2018. Ivanka obtained several qualifications from the Philippines, including a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a Teaching certificate and a Kids and Families Yoga certificate through Rainbow Kids Yoga. She has recently completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia. She has worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 2014 and has been a Lead Preschool Teacher involved in curriculum planning, development and implementation. Currently, she also works as an Assistant Educator at a daycare centre in Rockhampton. Ivanka is passionate about teaching children through play-based experiences and loves creating resources and activities for children. She is continuously updating herself with new teaching ideas, frameworks and strategies.
In her spare time, Ivanka loves to visit the library and borrow books. She enjoys watching movies, exploring events in town and trying out different cuisines with her husband.
Jessica Ponciano first joined WIN as a volunteer in 2017 and has since become a staff member in Gladstone. Her role is Program Assistant looking after child minding services during WIN’s parenting programs.
Jessica is originally from the Philippines and moved to Gladstone with her family in 2012. She is happily married with 2 beautiful sons, aged 13 and 9. She became an Australian citizen in 2014 and has gained qualifications in Certificate III in Retail, Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Barista along with Provide first aid. Jessica has also taken part in English Conversational classes with WIN.
In her spare time, Jessica volunteers at her church and WIN and also enjoys cooking Filipino cuisines.
Rikki is an Administration Officer at Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. He began working at WIN in July 2018 after serving in a volunteer role with the organisation since 2017. Rikki decided to volunteer with WIN as a way to put his computer skills to use while meeting new people and improving his English speaking skills. He took part in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project to gain qualifications in Retail, RSA and Barista training in 2017. Rikki looks after the weekly and monthly newsletters for WIN along with social media and events promotion, Language Café and managing WIN’s youth group Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity (GYCD).
Rikki was born in the Philippines and migrated with his parents and two sisters to Australia in October 2016. He is the youngest child in his family with all older sisters. He has a particular interest in technology and enjoys taking photos of everything with an ambition to be a professional photographer one day.
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