SCARF welcomes new staff

We’re excited to introduce the new faces in our SCARF virtual office. Join us in welcoming Emily, Drew, Cherie and Sitara to the staff team!

Emily, Volunteer Support Officer

Having studied, worked and lived in the Illawarra for the past eight years, Emily is passionate about creating inclusive, empathetic and connected communities in her local area.

I have a strong history of volunteering with, and working for, not-for-profit organisations, and know the hard work and commitment offered by passionate volunteers, and their potential to ignite change within their community.

Emily is excited to be part of SCARF, bringing with her skills in program coordination from her previous role at UOW, where she coordinated the Incoming and Outgoing Student Exchange Program. 

In her spare time Emily is interested in art, music and sustainability.

Drew, Program Manager

Drew has recently returned from living in the UK where he worked at the British Red Cross coordinating their Help Through Crisis service which provided complex case management to refugees and asylum seekers. 

Prior to this, Drew worked at Settlement Services International in varied capacities including Ability Links – working in community development focusing on workplace diversity and inclusion as well as in the Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP).

Earlier in his career Drew worked in the corporate sector on large scale infrastructure projects in program and contract management roles. After several years Drew made the decision to transition towards a career in community services as it aligned more with his values and passions of social justice, inclusion and diversity. 

Having previously volunteered for the befriending program I have directly experienced and been inspired by the positive impact SCARF programs have within the community.

Drew also values volunteering and has previously volunteered at Illawarra Multicultural Services, SSI and Green Connect. Drew feels excited and grateful to be able to contribute and support SCARF through his new role. 

Drew enjoys getting outdoors, spending time at the beach and bushwalking in the National Park. He also loves all things sport related and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Cherie, Administrative Assistant

Cherie is excited to return to SCARF as a member of staff after having volunteered with us in the formative year as a community assistant, supporting local families and providing tutoring support to school children. She brings with her years of experience working with senior management in various roles as a personal assistant, executive assistant and advice coordinator.

Cherie is passionate about social justice issues, the empowerment of individuals, the provision of opportunities and services for all people regardless of culture, religion, nationality, gender, or class. She is currently in her final stages of a degree in a Bachelor of Social Science – Anthropology at Macquarie University.

This study has given me knowledge and practical skills in understanding public issues and assisted my understanding of social challenges people face with inequality and social inclusion. 

In her spare time she enjoys participating in new adventures, swimming, travelling and hiking, although some of these have been a little challenging to be involved in of late. She is looking forward to taking them up again in 2021.

Sitara, Family Case Worker

Sitara joined SCARF at the end of 2020 as a family case worker. She is originally from Pakistan where she worked as a community worker with a not-for-profit organisation. She has always been on the frontline when it comes to supporting community members to achieve their goals and get the appropriate services. Sitara came to Australia as a Social work student in 2017 and completed her degree in early 2019 from Flinders University (Adelaide).

Sitara is very excited to work with SCARF and use her knowledge and passion to support SCARF community members.

Natalie Wilkins
Author: Natalie Wilkins