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 8 years. Commencing as Youth Information and Referral Officer, 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), St. George Youth and Community project (funded by the St George Foundation) and our Defence-specific Youth and Community Program (funded by Department of Defence). Vicki was Acting Centre Manager during Jill’s secondment in 2016.
Vicki completed a Master of Social Work at QUT, she also has a PGDip in Careers Guidance and a BA (Hons) in Communications and Criminology. She previously worked as a Team Leader in the UK for a government-funded youth initiative called Connexions. She coordinates our student Social Work placement program, supervising students from QUT and previously from UQ and ACU.
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 25 years and is committed to its values and ideals.
Jane has been with Picabeen for over four 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
Picabeen Change Room Project Worker
Gayle is a project worker at our retail outlet -Picabeen Change Room in Gilston Street, Keperra. With prior experience as a volunteer at the shop before Picabeen took over management, Gayle enjoys working with her team of volunteers to provide an important community service in the selling of pre-loved fashion and accessories.
Gayle is also a retired Occupational Therapist, completing her Bachelor Degree at University of Qld in 1988. She has experience working in the education and disability sector and was in paediatric private practice for 17 years.
In her free time she loves gardening, writing and spending time with her family and friends
Youth & Community Worker
Shanaya has a double degree in a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Criminology and Justice that she completed in 2020 at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has previous experience working with young people during her student placements within community organisations, as well as volunteer experience working to support young pregnant and parenting women.
Shanaya looks forwards to exploring her role as a youth worker, not only getting to know the young people but the community as well. She is excited about the opportunity to work in a group dynamic in a school environment providing support.
When Shanaya is not working she likes to spend her free time with her family and friends. She also enjoys a good book and going to the beach with her dogs
Community Engagement & Admin Support Officer
Christine has begun working in a new role at the centre of community engagement and admin support. Her background has been working in community centres and volunteering with Defence families and veterans. Christine has completed her Certificate IV in Community Services with a focus on special needs families.
Christine will be spending her time at Picabeen helping to maintain sustainability of the food pantry and engaging with the local businesses and community members. She will also be helping in the office and front desk reception
In her spare time Christine loves to go out and explore the Brisbane region, especially the beaches. She also likes to read as many books as she can and watch a movie or two.
Youth & Community Worker
Gabby has commenced working at Picabeen as Youth and Community worker. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Social Work and has a passion for working with young people and the LGBTQIA+ community. She has previously had experience working in community and mental health, and with carers throughout Queensland.
Gabby’s role will be working in both group programs and individual support for young people in the centre, at the local high schools and out in the community.
In her spare time, Gabby loves spending time with her family, friends and 2 dogs, painting her nails or playing Pokémon Go