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Staff Profiles

Chuol Doap

Transcend Refugee Project Officer
Arriving in Australia in 2005 to start a new life, Sudanese refugee Chuol Doap, 33, has continued to face and embrace many new challenges. He is General Secretary for the Geelong Sudanese Community and since early 2010 Chuol has worked for Karingal Transcend.

Janette Hoskin

Personal Support Worker
Janette Hoskin is 39yrs old currently works as a Personal Support Worker for Karingal Individual Support. Janette was born in Melbourne then moved to Geelong with her family when she was 5 years old. She went on to high school at Norlane High School and since then has worked in various industries and roles including reception and training and completed some study in hairdressing at the Gordon.

Lauren Johnstone

Personal Support Worker
Lauren Johnstone started working in community services in 2009 after completing significant study as well as volunteer work in Nursing Homes and in disability services. Her interest in the field comes from her experience with several family members with a disability. “I love supporting and assisting them to achieve their goals” she said.

Nicole Mattsson

MatchWorks Regional Manager
In early 2009, MatchWorks Employment Consultant Nicole Mattsson, along with 16 Karingal colleagues, was accepted into the inaugural Karingal Leadership Development Program. The intention of the program was to develop the leadership skills of staff, as well as giving the opportunity to spend time with senior managers and gain knowledge of what is expected in a leader at Karingal.

Phong “Wind” Pham

My strong background in customer services and operating my own business has helped me to build strong business relationships and has provided me with the necessary experience and momentum in attaining continuous success with MatchWorks.

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Loving couple find their independence

For nine years, Ronnie and Raquel have been together and in love. A particular goal of theirs has been to live together, and thanks to the support of Karingal St Laurence's My Own Place program, DHHS and Active Community Housing, they are now living independently in a unit in Yarraville.


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Students discover disability career options

High school students from across the Geelong region were given a valuable insight into life working in the disability care sector as part of Friday's projectABLE workshop at Geelong's Eastern Hub.

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Friends for life at new Portland shared support accommodation

The first soil was turned at the construction of the Portland Lighthouse Home on Wednesday, May 31 as part of the latest Karingal 'A House for Life' project.

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A House for Life update

Karingal's commitment to the provision of shared living dates back more than 40 years and we offer shared living and residential respite from properties located in Geelong, Colac, Mornington Peninsula and Warrnambool.

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Riding challenge for volunteers and participants

GMHBA workplace volunteers undertook a riding challenge with Karingal St Laurence Adventure Based Learning Experiences (KABLE) participants at Barwon Valley Activity Centre last month.

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KarnivART attracts more artwork than ever before

This year's Karingal St Laurence KarnivART art exhibition attracted more entries than ever before, with 100 high quality artworks created by artists with a disability on display at Eastern Hub Geelong until Friday June 2.

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City at Work provides fun pathways to employment

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) job seekers from the Whittlesea region are benefiting from a new employment program which officially launched yesterday. City at Work is a collaboration between Melbourne City Football Club, through their charity City in the Community, and local employment providers MatchWorks and Employment Services Group (ESG).

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Shared supported accommodation officially opened in Frankston

A new shared supported disability accommodation was officially opened yesterday in front of local community in Frankston's North.

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Frankston job seekers create mini golf course for local youth

MatchWorks Work for the Dole (WfD) job seekers have assisted in the design and creation of a transportable 9-hole mini golf course for the Frankston City Council North Hangout. The golf course, named Peninsula Sandtrap, was unveiled yesterday at a celebratory event at Frankston North Community Centre.

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