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Meet the Team

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Keelia Fitzpatrick - Director

Keelia is an Aries and therefore likes being in charge.  She has a penchant for debt, maintained by collecting university degrees and travelling the world as much as possible. She splits her time between listening to Taylor Swift and reading Simone De Beauvoir. 

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Carita Kazakoff - Principal Solicitor

Carita joins the Young Workers Centre from Slater & Gordon’s Industrial and Employment law team, where she acted for many unions and employees. Although Carita is the token old person at the YWC, she is passionate about helping empower young people to fight for their rights at work and about ending exploitation of young and vulnerable workers in the community.

In her spare time, Carita enjoys yoga, sewing, knitting and listening to podcasts [grandma alert]!

 

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Sarah Bright - Research and Projects

Sarah is a classic ESFJ, so she has strong opinions on right and wrong.  For instance, she gets fired up about carbohydrates (they make her happy) and sweatshops (they make her mad).  When she’s not working on projects and research for the Young Workers Centre, she splits her time between studying statistics, sewing and shoemaking, and talking to her garden.

 

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Dylan Goldsworthy - Campaigns Organiser

Dylan began as a young workers' advocate at the Young Workers' Centre, and fell head of heels for trade unionism. From being an LGBTI Organiser at the 2016 Federal election to participating in Union Summer, Dylan is passionate about working towards a better future.  Dylan spends his time watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reading about queer theory and romance, and listening to Rihanna. 

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Tom Robertson - Outreach Organiser

Tom is a 6th year law student who might one day finish his degree, and joins us after working as an Organiser at United Voice. Tom is passionate about educating young people about their workplace rights and building collective power in the workplace.

Tom is a huge nerd and enjoys all things Star Wars, politics and board games (if you can combine all three let him know)

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Phoebe Kelly - Outreach Organiser

Phoebe is a Queenslander who has migrated south for the better coffee and lifestyle, albeit at the cost of sunshine and warm weather. With a background in youth climate activism, she is passionate about helping young people realise their power. In her spare time Phoebe explores Melbourne and worries about watching too much reality TV.

 

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Danielle Croci - Outreach Organiser

Danielle is a recent Arts (Honours) graduate who wrote her thesis on women playing footy in the early 20th century. Yeah, they actually did that. She came to trade unionism through the Union Summer internship in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. She’s also passionate about women’s rights and the benefits of public libraries.

 

Patrick Faulkner - Outreach Organiser

Patrick comes to the Young Workers Centre from a long history in hospo and retail. Patrick is passionate about fighting for workers rights and standing up to bad bosses. When he is not talking to young people about their rights, he is usually found riding his motorbike through the country side or screaming at this beloved Geelong Cats.

 

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April Zahra - Advocate Centre Team Leader

April is a fifth year law student who joined the Young Workers Centre as an Advocate Team Leader after completing a placement at the Centre as part of her degree.

April enjoys travelling, reading, board games, and wine (sometimes separately, sometimes all at once!) and heading to the beach. She's passionate about helping young people stand up for themselves and fighting dodgy employers.

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Ruby Haynes - Advocate Centre Team Leader

 

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Leon Harper - Legal Placement Coordinator

Leon started at Young Workers Centre as an advocate during his Law degree and hasn’t looked back. He is passionate about making Victoria a better place for the next generation of young workers. Leon spends his free time writing, drinking coffee, and making spreadsheets for everything.

We Volunteers

Ever wanted to change the world?

We want Victoria to be a state where young people feel safe and respected at work - it's only by standing together that we can make that happen.

Volunteers are a crucial part of the Young Workers community. Sign up below and get involved today!

(Or to find out more about doing a placement as an advocate, click here!)

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