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MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Margaret Skagias - Founder, Toy Box Operations Manager
Margaret Skagias - Founder, Toy Box Operations Manager

Margaret founded CaringKids in 2014 to address the practical support needs of young carers.  With 20 years of experience working across government and non-government sectors in 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 Carer Support, Mental Health,  Children & Families, as well as Volunteer Management and Fundraising Events.

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. To contact Margaret, click here.

Sabine Sabek - General Manager, Volunteer Coordinator
Sabine Sabek - General Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

Originally, Sabine's career started in the private and government sectors. In 2008 Sabine moved to the NGO and Humanitarian field and has accumulated many years of experience in volunteer management and fundraising events. 

In 2015 she joined CaringKids and is using her skills and experience to oversee volunteer recruitment and coordination, organize fundraising events, and assist with planning and administration.

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, and she is proud to have the opportunity to assist CaringKids with making their Vision a reality.

Isabella Coskinas - Fundraising & Marketing Assistant
Isabella Coskinas - Fundraising & Marketing Assistant

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 has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW 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 as part of the volunteer team to raise funds and organise events for CaringKids, and guide on matters relating to marketing and social media.

Christina Burke - Toy Box & Events Assistant
Christina Burke - Toy Box & Events Assistant

Christina is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Australia. With a professional background and qualifications in Accounting and Auditing,  Christina has many years of experince working both nationally and internationally in her field. 

Christina spends her free time volunteering and supporting many charitable causes. Christina joined the CaringKids team in 2018 supporting our toy recycling, toy box making and fundraising events. 

Kristi Furner - Toy Box Volunteer
Kristi Furner - Toy Box Volunteer

Kristi joined the CaringKids team in 2019 assisting with managing the toy workshop, creating toy boxes and toy recycling.  She joined the team because she wanted to support CaringKids to validate and reward children with caring responsibilities who are often overlooked in the community.

Kristi enjoys receiving feedback from the children and their families that our Toy Boxes have created a little extra happiness in their lives.

Kristi is a mother and an Artist who currently works full-time in the Education Sector. In her free time, Kristi enjoys pursuing her artistic and creative talents, and volunteering at the CaringKids Toy Workshop.

Ella Averill-Russell, Toy Box Fundraising & Events Coordinator
Ella Averill-Russell, Toy Box Fundraising & Events Coordinator

Ella Averill-Russell has over 20 years of experience & knowledge dedicating her services to Corporates, NFPs and Charities. Ella has completed a diverse range of roles within the events industry extending across; project managing, budgeting, sales, marketing and communications.

She holds two Honours Degrees in both Business Management and Technical Stage Management.

Ella has assisted and project managed both Indoor and Outdoor Festivities, Exhibitions, Work Shops, Live/ Gala Events, Conferences and Stage performances both Nationally and Internationally.

Ella’s strong work ethic and passion for her industry have enabled her to develop a creative and strategic skill set which she was keen to apply to CaringKids. Ella’s passion lies in inspiring the younger generation and providing a positive platform for them to develop.

Toy Boxes for young carers and special needs siblings ~ CaringKids volunteers

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