Thanks to Meagan & Introducing our new Victorian State Co-coordinators!

by Dec 22, 2016

There have been some big changes happening in the Victorian Welcome Dinner Project team!

The first is that our wonderful Victorian State Coordinator Meagan Williams, will be stepping into another less-demanding role within the Welcome Dinner Project, to allow more time for other pursuits. We will miss Meagan in this role but we’re glad she will still be part of our team in some way. We wish to thank Meagan for the tireless dedication, boundless energy and vibrant spirit she brought to the State Coordinator role over the past two years. We are incredibly proud of all she achieved and we know that she has touched so many people’s lives with her personal and compassionate approach. Meagan has been pivotal to the project’s momentum in Victoria and indeed nationally – with 51 dinners and many successful community partnerships emerging during her amazing work over the past two years. We even put together a little slideshow capturing Meagan’s incredible contribution:

In her place step two new coordinators:

Rachel Clark: I’m so excited to be part of the Victorian team, in partnership with my Co-coordinator, Michelle, to build on the fabulous work Meagan has been doing in Victoria. I’ve been part of the broader WDP team since 2014 as a Facilitator and have loved the practical role of community strengthening it has offered me. I have always been passionate about working with individuals and communities to develop a more inclusive and engaged society based on mutual respect, curiosity, and understanding. In other roles I have worked as an English Language teacher, as a trainer in the community development and settlement sectors to support services working with newly arrived young people, and as a coordinator for a project that connected Australian students and their schools with students in East Timor.

Three words that sum me up:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Engaged
  • Creative

Three facts about me:

  • I have just qualified as a teacher and in 2017 I will also be working in a high school supporting international students in the VCE curriculum
  • I was born in London, first travelled to Australia when I was three, and finally moved here when I was 30!
  • I am learning to play the Double Bass

I look forward to meeting you in person, or connecting via social media soon.

Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Kovacevic and I am so excited to join the team at the Welcome Dinner Project!

As a member of a diaspora community myself (my family moved to Australia from Croatia as economic migrants in the 1970s), I know how important it is to create welcoming, connected communities that celebrate diversity. It is key to our wellness, our resilience and our flourishing – both individually and collectively.

I bring an eclectic collection of skills and an enthusiastic, creative and lighthearted nature to this project. I’m passionate about storytelling and bringing diverse groups of people together into unassuming spaces to co-create playful, surprising & transformative experiences. I spent the early part of my career in Indonesia as the blog editor and social media coordinator for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where my responsibilities ranged from launching their blog, helping scientists develop their communications skills, mobilising young professionals in forestry and agriculture to more meaningfully participate in international conferences as well as running all manner of large and small events. For the past 12 months, I have been coordinating mentoring programs with Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) – a network of 18,000 young people studying or working in agriculture.

I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming home or community dinner!

To contact either of our Victorian Co-coordinators, Rachel and Michelle, send an email to: vic@welcomedinnerproject.org

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