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Margaret Skagias - CEO
Margaret Skagias - CEO

Margaret founded CaringKids in 2014 to address the practical support needs of young carers.  With over18 years' experience working across government and non-government sectors within Australia and overseas, Margaret has delivered and coordinated individual, group and community based programs for children, youth and adults, most recently co-ordinating community support programs for a leading cancer charity.  

Margaret's determination to deliver practical support for young carers began following a four-year period delivering emotional support and respite camps for young carers aged 8-26 years. She influenced the inclusion of young carers in national government policy and advocated for services to assist young carers to complete their education. However, it was the first-hand account of young carers' experiences, and the challenge they faced finding practical support, that were the inspiration for CaringKids.

Margaret has a special interest and expertise in Volunteer Management, Carer Support, Mental Health and Children & Families.

Margaret holds a Social Work Degree from the University of Sydney and in addition a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. She has also completed study in Interior Decorating with the Sydney Institute TAFE Design Centre. To  contact Margaret, click here.

Chair Nov 2014 to Feb 2016,  Executive Director Feb 2016 to Aug 2016,  Chief Executive Officer & Director since August 2017.

Sabine Sabek - General Manager
Sabine Sabek - General Manager

Sabine has many years of experience in the NGO industry, where she used her skills and experience to develop volunteer programs, and plan fundraising and community events. Sabine holds an Advanced Certificate in Marketing Managment from TAFE NSW, and has undertaken professional development in volunteer recruitment and management. Her passion and dedication lies in the humanitarian cause, hence she loves the opportunity to assist CaringKids with making their Vision a reality.

Sabine works closely with the Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships Coordinator to raise funds for CaringKids, and oversees the recruitment of dedicated staff and volunteers.

These are exciting times for CaringKids, and we hope to make a big difference to many young people in need.

Elizabeth Smith - Service Delivery Coordinator
Elizabeth Smith - Service Delivery Coordinator

Elizabeth has more than 20 years' experience in the Welfare sector, in both government and non-government roles.  She has predominantly worked with vulnerable children, young people and adults, and has extensive child protection experience.

She has held Management, project, casework and community development positions for leading government and non-government agencies. With extensive experience in interagency and mulitdisciplinary work. Elizabeth is thrilled to be part of the team at CaringKids.

Elizabeth is passionate about working with siblings of children with serious illness and/or disabilities. Her role at CaringKids promotes best practice with referral, assessment and evaluation. Elizabeth also works closely with the CEO and staff review and monitor the Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and practice, and delivers training to Board Members, staff and volunteers.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Sydney, and has undertaken extensive training and professional development in best practice working with children and families.  To contact Elizabeth, click here.

Isabella Coskinas - Fundraising & Corporate Partnerships Coordinator
Isabella Coskinas - Fundraising & Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Isabella has had a broad range of experience in non-for profit organisations, having worked across 20 charities spanning elderly care, disability services, youth rehabilitation and child welfare. Most recently Isabella served as the Chair of a national branch of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, operating in Mongolia and Vietnam, and this experience provided her with competency in event management, fundraising and strategy development. 

Isabella currently works in marketing and is in her final year as a Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of New South Wales with a double major in Marketing and Management. Isabella's true passion lies in making a positive impact in the lives of youth, and she is delighted for the opportunity to assist young carers in our network.

Isabella works closely with the General Manager to raise funds for CaringKids, and the CEO to establish and develop corporate partnerships. To contact Isabella, click here.

Jen Ing - Fundraising & Events Assistant
Jen Ing - Fundraising & Events Assistant

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