Our Board of Management

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President: Ranji Goundar

 

Secretary: Mollie O’Brien

 

Treasurer: Kushal Sami

 

Member: TP O’Brien

 

Member: Dr. Georgina Brunton

Meet Our Team

Bronwyn Gowing

Bronwyn Gowing B.Ec, Dip Ed

Senior Executive Manager

Families, advocates and carers provide the inspiration for me at SWARA as they did for Pink Twins Moyia and Dorothy O’Brien over 43 years as they served our Brisbane community. I have the privilege now as Senior Executive and former Manager, to aspire to provide even a small token of the Loving Service environment they provided, in which every person can achieve their full potential.
Everyone has a spark of love in their heart and at SWARA we turn that into a flame.

Our skills-based Curriculum provides pathways to independent living and learning, social and economic inclusion.
United around the Twins Vision of modeling ‘Loving Service’ for Queenslanders of all abilities, our participants bring out the love in all of us in a safe, happy learning environment. You are welcome to visit us to experience that love in action.

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Jacinta Foley

Manager

I commenced working at SWARA in 2016. My role was to establish a
Developmental Learning Skills Program for the participants and to ensure that
learning was tailored to each individual participant’s needs. I completed a Bachelor
of Education at QUT and have worked as a teacher for 35 years in both primary
and secondary schools. I have done extensive research in regard to reading
capabilities and how individuals learn.

In June 2018 I took up a management position at SWARA and feel very privileged
to be working in an environment that is focused a providing “Loving Service” for all
its participants. SWARA is a place where everyone’s abilities are appreciated and
respected. It is very satisfying to be working with a professional Board, a friendly
capable staff and willing volunteers to achieve the best outcomes for SWARA.

Buddhi Kudaligama

Buddhi Kudaligama

Administration Officer

I started as a volunteer in 2010 and shortly after I was hired as the administration assistant. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma of Business Administration. I enjoy working at SWARA because I get to witness firsthand the results of our staff’s hard work evolve into rewarding outcomes for our clients. There are so many words that I could use to describe SWARA. What strikes me most is how SWARA and the Pink Twins have reached out and touched so many families and people throughout the years in a caring and helping manner. This brings me a sense of fulfilment as the values align with my own personal goals of wanting to help people where ever I can.

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Debbie Kilvington

Senior Support Worker

I first started working at SWARA in January 2009. Over the years I have been given the privilege of becoming Senior Support Worker, Temporary manager 2 days per week, WPHS Officer and First Aid Officer. I am enjoying the extra responsibilities and learning more of the duties that are associated with managing a facility such as SWARA. Earlier in my career I was an aged care nurse for 19 years, then I left work for Pioneer Road Services for a few years. I realised I needed to get back to working with people again as I have a calling for this type of work, which brings out my calming, peaceful, and loving nature. I love helping people and bringing out the full potential which is in every client to achieve their own goals and pathways.

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Baz Glasson

Support Worker

I began my time with SWARA as a volunteer over 10 years ago. I immediately fell in love with everyone here and felt like a second family to me. I shortly after became an employee. I enjoy being with the clients, showing people around and introducing others. I am proud of SWARA and the beautiful place it has become. It is an absolute privilege to work here and be a part of the SWARA family.

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Richard Manning

Support Worker

I started off at SWARA through Employment Services 3 days a week in 2014. I have learnt many different things from all the clients, staff, and volunteers. I was fortunate enough to gain employment at SWARA. I have been in the aged care sector before which has given me a caring nature. SWARA has helped me grow as a person and I am more confident with help from all the friendly clients. I am looking forward to studying and broadening my knowledge in the disability sector.

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Reena Mishra

Accountant

At the beginning of 2016 I met the inspiring SWARA team and was fortunate to embark on a beautiful journey with SWARA. Having a Graduate degree in Commerce followed by Chartered Accountancy qualifications I have in the past worked in various industry segments across nations. At SWARA I assist in company accounts, management reporting and statutory compliances.

With such a nice team around me I feel completely at home. Being a part of the legacy of Pink Twins and strong shared values, motivates me each day. I find so much to share and learn from SWARA.

Cindy

Cindy

Support Worker

I was able to join the amazing SWARA team in August 2017 and working here has taught me so much
about myself and about our beautiful participants. With a nursing and life coaching background I have
been able to use my skills daily and I’m so grateful to be learning new things every day. I am very
passionate about supporting people at SWARA to achieve their goals and to encourage them to get what
they desire in life. SWARA is a very wonderful place with amazing people, great staff, lots of fun, love
and I feel very blessed to be part of this.

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Inoka

Support Worker

I started working for SWARA as a Life Style Support Worker in August 2017. I have worked as a Teacher
Aide for Education Queensland since July 2013 to December 2016. I am so glad that I got this
opportunity and feel privileged to work for SWARA. All the experience that I have in working for
Education Queensland, I can now utilize that experience to perform my duties here at SWARA. I love the
clients and the rapport I build with them to create opportunities for their safe learning environment and
being able to be there to love and care for them. Their love, passion and enthusiasm to learn new skills
influence me and I feel so privileged to be here. The rest of the team who I work with are so loving,
caring, helpful, encouraging and most of all the team work which I think is excellent. I feel so honoured,
privileged and blessed to be part of this loving and caring SWARA team.

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Leo Campbell

Support Worker

I came to SWARA through Student Placement at Queensland University of Technology, as part of my Behavioural Sciences (Psychology) Degree in mid-2017. Soon after I was offered the privilege of joining the amazing team here. From the second I walked through the door, I could feel a sense of inclusion, of love and of compassion that is as special as it is unique. These values are ones that I hold in the highest regard, and they are lived here every day at SWARA.

I have been lucky enough to provide support in almost every area of SWARA but can often be found in SWARA’s café. It is a pleasure to utilize my previous experience in hospitality and leadership to support our wonderful participants in growing their skills just as they often assist me in growing mine. I also work 1-on-1 with participants, supporting them in building positive relationships with their peers.

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Tony

Support Worker

I have been a practicing artist for over 40 years and because of my sculptural work, I was asked to
mentor one of SWARA’s clients for a 5 months sculpture project.
I have worked with youth with disabilities for a long time and so when asked to be art coordinator I
came on board. Over the past 12 months I have inspired my clients here to work hard on creating
original and meaningful art works. We specialize in drawing as it is a very honest medium and everyone
is achieving great little drawings. These will be exhibited in regular SWARA exhibitions and also the
major art from The Margins show each year.
I became involved with the SWARA songbirds because I play an instrument. Also as a staff
representative , with a great group of people I have always loved to sing and play music and the choir
have gained a great reputation

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Kim

Support Worker

I came to SWARA in 2016, as part of my placement for my Inclusion unit, in my Education degree at
QUT. After I completed my placement, I continued on as a volunteer in the Learning Skills Space as I
didn’t want to leave those who I enjoyed helping learn. As I was about to graduate in June 2018, I was
offered a position to help run the Learning Skills program here. Since then, my role has continued to
expand into other areas, letting me learn new skills and has broaden my understanding of working with
the amazing participants, staff and volunteers here at SWARA.