CORE Community Services (CORE) is governed by a volunteer board which operates in accordance to CORE’s Constitution.
The CORE Community Services Board is elected for a period of two years by the members of CORE. Current board members have a range of skills and experience in the community sector, legal, financial, IT and insurance. New board members are invited to join as needed and in line with the Constitution.
The CORE Community Services Board are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and delegate day to day operations to the CEO. There are a comprehensive set of governance policies and procedures that provide a framework for the Board, including a decision matrix which outlines decision making responsibilities throughout the organisation.
The CORE Community Services Board is supported by Advisory Groups Policy in each of CORE’s five services. These committees provide expertise and support to each Service and make recommendations to the Board who have the final decision making authority.
CHAIR OF BOARD
Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Adult Education and has over twenty-eight years’ of experience in working in multicultural health and aged care. Yvonne joined CORE in 2012 as a member of the Board and has been involved with many community groups for the last 40 years.
Yvonne has a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector and has a passion and commitment for social justice and a strong interest in helping people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds reach their full potential.
Yvonne is the founder of the only residential facility for Spanish-speaking elderly in Australia and initiated research and community education programs for people living with dementia from CALD backgrounds and older refugees.
Yvonne was awarded the 1993 NSW Senior Citizens Award and the 2013 Australian Hispanic Women Business Network award – Outstanding Hispanic Woman Achiever. Most recently in early 2017, Yvonne was inducted into Zest Awards Hall of fame.
SECRETARY OF BOARD
Ali is an Associate at Marsdens and specialises in Family Law and has experience in conducting matters including Parenting, Property, Interim and Spousal Maintenance in both NSW and QLD.
Ali attained a Bachelor of Business (e-Business) and a Bachelor of Law from Western Sydney University. Together with his experience at firms and also voluntary work in community services. Ali’s continued involvement in community service is well recognised. Ali believes in the work that CORE Community Services provides to the local communities in South Western Sydney, he joined the board in 2014 and continues to provide guidance and support to the future direction of CORE.
DIRECTOR OF BOARD
Jasvinder Pal Kaur
Jasvinder is a senior project manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) with industry experience that spans over 25 years on a national and international level.
A CPA and auditor with management information systems background, Jasvinder is an excellent addition to the CORE board.
Jasvinder joined CORE at a pivotal point in the organisation, in 2015; she holds a strong value in helping the community and has done a range of work in the wider community, applying her knowledge to the organisation and providing a strategic vision to continue to assist the community
DIRECTOR OF BOARD
Katina attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology coupled with over 30 years experience in the multicultural sector (both government & non-government).
She has established close working relationships with non-government organisations, relevant government departments, tertiary institutions and other key stakeholders.
Joining the CORE Board since 2014, Katina’s experience in policy and project development and passion to help local communities has offered invaluable insight to CORE Community Services.
DIRECTOR OF BOARD
Miro Lojanica is an accomplished Manager, Coach and Mentor with 20 years’ extensive experience including training, performance management, career development, business consulting and coaching, career development and recruiting. He has managed and coached employees from organisations of various size and industry to effectively deliver on organisational strategies and financial performance. He is a result driven leader, who prides in successfully delivering high quality solutions with exceptional interpersonal skill and the ability to build productive and sustainable relationships at all business levels.
Miro had served meritoriously in top management positions in National Employment Services Association (NESA), CoAct Ltd as National Manager, MTC Australia as Senior Manager, Learning & Development Manager and several other companies. Miro is currently a Consultant at Expert Stream Pty Ltd. He has demonstrated his zeal and passion for leadership and management in those places he had served with track records.
He is a passionate advocate for talent management and staff development and is attested to be compassionate, creative and outcomes driven professional. Miro is always keen to launch and implement innovative employee development programs which ultimately drive to retain and attract new talents across organisations.
DIRECTOR OF BOARD
Amanda is a senior lawyer, human resources professional and non-executive board member.
Amanda is currently the Head of Legal, Compliance and Human Resources at Salcorp Civil, a premier civil contracting business she co-founded in 2014.
With over 13 years’ experience, Amanda began her career working for a judge in the Supreme Court of NSW. She went on to hold roles within prestigious mid and top-tier law firms, as well as for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, advising predominately on commercial and employment law matters.
Amanda has earned qualifications in Economics and Law, including a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.
In honour of her own diverse cultural heritage and passion for social justice, Amanda is motivated to use her skills and knowledge to elevate the strategic direction of CORE Community Services.
DIRECTOR OF BOARD
Zafirah hold’s a Bachelor of Arts (Social Inquiry) and Honours in Humanities, both from the Western Sydney University. She also holds a Masters of Social Change and Development from the University of Newcastle.
Zafirah worked at CORE Community Services, formerly Cabramatta Community Centre in 2003, working there for over 11 years, working across various projects and services. Since leaving CORE Community Services, Zafirah has worked across multiple other not-for profit organisations in the Western Sydney region- her roles included working for social housing tenants, community development projects, Settlement Services and Youth projects.
In 2015 Zafirah completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and began her current career path as a TAFE NSWS Teacher- Community Services, where she is now a permanent teacher with Wetherill Park and Bankstown Campuses. In her role as a teacher, Zafirah has coordinated multiple groups of students through their qualification pathways. This line work has allowed her to partner with multiple community-based organisations in the area to run student led projects and to create links for student placements.