Picabeen is committed to employing workers of a professional standard. All paid staff have previous experience relative to their position and each holds tertiary qualifications.
In July 2008, Jill commenced working at Picabeen in the role of Youth Information and Referral Officer (YIRO) and in 2011 was promoted to the position of Centre Manager. This is a role that is quite diverse and includes grass roots interactions with people who access the centre, managing the volunteer and student programs, applying for grant funds and more.
Jill has a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Community Development and Human Services Studies which she completed with Southern Cross University in 2006. Jill’s work experience prior to Picabeen has been wide and varied and has included working in the disability and mental health sectors. Although many years ago, she did also spent 5 years serving in the Qld Police Service and in 2016 was seconded as a Senior Project Officer with the Department of Education and Training (DETE), Children and Family programs, Early Childhood and Community Engagement.
Jill is committed to providing quality services in the North West Brisbane region and has a particular interest in ensuring that vulnerable people in the community are supported through the organisation in the best possible way.
When not at Picabeen, Jill enjoys spending time with family, teaching Yoga and going to the beach.
Youth Programs Manager
Vicki has been with Picabeen for over 5 years. Commencing as Youth Worker, Vicki moved into the role of Youth Team Leader and was recently promoted to Youth Programs Manager, overseeing the provision of Youth Support Service (funded by Department of Communities) and the St. George youth and community project (funded by the St George Foundation). Vicki was Acting Centre Manager during Jill’s secondment in 2016.
Vicki completed a Master of Social Work at QUT and previously worked as a Team Leader in the UK for a government funded youth initiative called Connexions. She has a PGDip in Careers Guidance and a BA (Hons) in Communications and Criminology.
With her vast experience and tertiary qualifications, Vicki ensures that the Youth space is coordinated to provide quality services to young people aged 12-18 years in the local area. It is a challenging role but one that she embraces wholeheartedly.
Outside of Picabeen, Vicki enjoys being outdoors, cycling and attempting triathlons and curling up with her rather large and cuddly groodle!
Amy has been in the role of Youth Worker with Picabeen for over 4 years. With a degree in Social Work (Honours) and a passion for young people, Amy has been supporting young people at Picabeen in a variety of settings and service delivery modes including one-to-one case management as well as early intervention and prevention groups in local schools.
Amy is enthusiastic about her work with young people and about supporting the local community. Having grown up in the North West of Brisbane, she has a deep connection to this area and a genuine desire to see positive change.
Amy enjoys spending time with friends, family and keeping an eye on her two new terrier puppies!
Jane has been with Picabeen for over two years. She started on a student placement whilst studying for her Diploma in Youth Work. After completing her placement, Jane continued on in a volunteer role and was later offered a Youth Worker role which became available under the St. George Foundation funding. Jane works mainly in the local High schools delivering group work programs for Years 7-11.
Jane’s previous experience includes supporting children in care and working with families who foster children. She has also worked in a primary school, supporting children with additional needs and spent many years working with seniors in residential care and in the community. With her down-to-earth attitude and naturally caring nature, Jane brings with her a passion to help and inspire all people she has contact with.
When Jane is not working she enjoys her time with her daughters, cats and their new fur ball cavoodle puppy who is regular at many group work sessions
Finance and Administration Officer
David’s involvement with Picabeen commenced in 1995 when he was elected to the role of Treasurer. Since then he has held a number of positions on the Management Committee and in 2006 was awarded Life Membership of the Association. In 2011 David was appointed to the part time position of Finance and Administration Officer, a role that carries the responsibility of managing the Association finances and assisting the Centre Manager with administration tasks.
David has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accountancy from Queensland University of Technology and prior to his mature aged tertiary study he worked at Westpac Bank for 23 years. He has seen a number of changes in Picabeen over the past 22 years and is committed to its values and ideals.
Youth and Community Worker
Christian has been with Picabeen for one year. He started volunteering whilst studying for his Diploma of Counselling. After completing his Diploma, Christian continued volunteering and was later offered a Youth Worker role which became available under the St. George Foundation funding. Christian delivers one-to-one and group work with Young People from the local high school and helps out with supporting community members accessing the centre.
He uses a holistic and person-centred-approach when dealing with people to treat everyone with respect. Christian has an imaginative and creative way to inspire young people when dealing with difficult or sensitive topics. Christian decided upon a career change after many years in the hospitality industry managing hotels; he works now because he loves to, not because he has to!
When not working you can find Christian with family and friends, bushwalking, cooking, fishing and watching TV shows from around the world.
Youth and Community Worker
Carla has been with Picabeen for 6 months and started as a student placement while studying for her Diploma in Community Service at TAFE Qld. As in international student from South America Carla adds a different social and cultural diversity to our team. Carla has a degree in Foreign Trade and has practical experience in assisting vulnerable people in the Brazilian community and has a passion to continue this work in Australia
After her placement Carla continued to volunteer at Picabeen and was later offered a Youth and Community Worker role. Carla assists families and young people and is a member of Youth Team that delivers workshops and group programs for years 6-11 in our local primary and high schools
In her free time Carla enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and going to the movies