Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) Inc

Background

CARAD was formed in 2000 when the then Australian government issued Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) which provoked community opposition to this harsh new law. Volunteers started providing basic settlement assistance and support to refugees holding Temporary Protection Visas. Since then, CARAD has been an active campaigner for positive change and social justice in the Australian Government's refugee determination conditions and process.  

Today CARAD is recognised is a respected voice for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees and a provider of essential services, ensuring that all people seeking safety in Australia are able to live with dignity. Since opening its doors in 2000, CARAD has provided support to over 5000 asylum seekers, refugees and detainees through our Case Management and Volunteer Programs.

Board Of Management Committee

CARAD's Board of Management Committee oversees the governance and strategic direction of CARAD.  The committee consists of a group of committed volunteers with a wide range of expertise, skills and experience. 

Office Bearers

Peter Gianoli (Chairperson)
Peter is a leading sales & marketing consultant to corporate Australia, and has developed an international reputation as a high end marketer in three distinct markets: off the plan sales and marketing for luxury residential developers, property investment products in the residential sector, and enabling small businesses in getting an effective online presence.  Because of Peter’s extensive marketing experience, he is in high demand in a number of consulting roles and serves on numerous boards and committees as the voice of Marketing.  Peter is also an author, professional speaker and radio broadcaster.

James Jegasothy (Vice Chair)
Having come to Australia as a refugee, James Jegasothy has worked in both professional and volunteer capacities to support vulnerable people in Australia.  Having studied Law and Politics, he worked in refugee advocacy in Sydney before moving to Perth in 2012. As a State Program Coordinator at Australian Red Cross Migration Support Programs, he provided leadership, quality assurance and strategic planning to a multicultural team working with vulnerable asylum seekers and new migrants.  James now works in Community Engagement and Funding at the Office of Multicultural Interests.  Heavily involved in community organisations and networks both in NSW and WA, James has held many leadership positions and is currently the Director of Welcome to Australia (WA Branch) and a member of the Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission. James has worked alongside CARAD since 2012 and joined the Management Committee in October 2014. He currently co-chairs the Membership, Events, Marketing and Sponsorship Committee and is a member of the Welfare Committee.

Mark Shircore (Secretary)
Mark graduated from the University of Melbourne with a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering in 1974. He also completed a Diploma of Education in 1977 before joining Shell International where he worked as a Petroleum Engineer in the Netherlands, Malaysia and Qatar. In 1986 he joined BHP Billiton Petroleum in Australia, where he worked in a number of technical and management roles in Melbourne and Perth, until his retirement in 2009. Whilst in Perth he has undertaken voluntary activities including chair of the WA Society of Petroleum Engineers, vice-chair of the Perth Jazz Society and chair of the Cancer Council's major fundraiser, Relay for Life. Mark joined CARAD in 2011, initially as a homework support volunteer, but is now involved in a range of CARAD activities and has been Secretary since 2012.

Dr Dane Etheridge  BCom (Hons), MAppFin, PhD, CFA, FFin, AGIA  (Treasurer) 
Dane is an experienced corporate governance and corporate finance professional with a strong background in management consulting, academia and industry. His diverse professional background includes leadership of financial modelling, due diligence, and operational improvement projects. He also has experience in strategy development and governance consulting across a diverse range of companies including Not for Profits and large ASX listed companies.

Committee Members

  Everard Yeo   "After four years as a volunteer on the Opening Doors Programme and holding strong views on the treatment of refugees in Australia I decided it was time to “step up” and offer to contribute to CARAD on the Management Committee. I believe I bring to the table my extensive business experience and previous involvement with community organisations."

Everard Yeo
"After four years as a volunteer on the Opening Doors Programme and holding strong views on the treatment of refugees in Australia I decided it was time to “step up” and offer to contribute to CARAD on the Management Committee. I believe I bring to the table my extensive business experience and previous involvement with community organisations."

  Caitlin Joensson   "I am a law student working towards a career in human rights law and am very excited to be part of the management committee. During my time on the committee I hope to promote to the wider community, mainly the younger generations, the importance of cultural inclusivity and compassion. I hope to develop a wider involvement and awareness within Perth of the programs that CARAD facilitates and their importance."

Caitlin Joensson
"I am a law student working towards a career in human rights law and am very excited to be part of the management committee. During my time on the committee I hope to promote to the wider community, mainly the younger generations, the importance of cultural inclusivity and compassion. I hope to develop a wider involvement and awareness within Perth of the programs that CARAD facilitates and their importance."

  Kathryn Kerry   "I believe strongly that the Australia government has inhumane and unjustified policies towards people who are seeking asylum and who are refugees in our country. I hope that by working with CARAD I can provide at least some small measure of assistance and kindness to people who are being treated in a disgraceful way."

Kathryn Kerry
"I believe strongly that the Australia government has inhumane and unjustified policies towards people who are seeking asylum and who are refugees in our country. I hope that by working with CARAD I can provide at least some small measure of assistance and kindness to people who are being treated in a disgraceful way."

  Richmond Foo   "I am motivated to help others and I have the skills and experiences to make a solid contribution to the CARAD team. I believe in the good work that CARAD and its staff are doing and am looking forward to investing in it personally to help contribute to ever greater successes."

Richmond Foo
"I am motivated to help others and I have the skills and experiences to make a solid contribution to the CARAD team. I believe in the good work that CARAD and its staff are doing and am looking forward to investing in it personally to help contribute to ever greater successes."

  Sarah Awan   "My intent in becoming a Committee Member is to discern how corporates, public sector and not-for-profit collaboration can support CARAD’s initiatives and programs and to provide a point of view on how to ensure these initiatives are ‘future-proof’, with scalability and sustainability in mind. I believe providing a technology lens will be a differentiator for CARAD and will help drive informed decision making."

Sarah Awan
"My intent in becoming a Committee Member is to discern how corporates, public sector and not-for-profit collaboration can support CARAD’s initiatives and programs and to provide a point of view on how to ensure these initiatives are ‘future-proof’, with scalability and sustainability in mind. I believe providing a technology lens will be a differentiator for CARAD and will help drive informed decision making."

  Judyth Chernysh   "I would like to use the skills and knowledge I have to contribute to the governance of CARAD as it continues to meet the challenges posed by the Commonwealth Government’s refugee policies. It’s a privilege to be part of CARAD as it continues to welcome and support asylum seekers, refugees and detainees and their families to live with decency and dignity in our community."

Judyth Chernysh
"I would like to use the skills and knowledge I have to contribute to the governance of CARAD as it continues to meet the challenges posed by the Commonwealth Government’s refugee policies. It’s a privilege to be part of CARAD as it continues to welcome and support asylum seekers, refugees and detainees and their families to live with decency and dignity in our community."