Adele Tashkin, Facilitator
Adele has worked in the community service sector for the past 15 years in both disability services and working with people experiencing homelessness.
During this time, Adele’s passion for upholding the rights of people who are marginalised has seen her as a trainer and facilitator as well as a support worker.
Adele is excited to be working with people to plan for the life they want to live and be at the forefront of communicating the changes in the sector to people with disability and their families.
Ann Murphy, Facilitator
Ann has been involved in education for many years as a teacher/trainer in the UK, Egypt and now Australia. As a trained life coach and counsellor she is excited about supporting people as they make changes to engage in life as much as possible. Ann has always been an advocate for inclusion and believes our society is enriched by diversity so she is thrilled to be a part of the MCM team.
Brandon Bear, Get More Skills Program Coordinator
Brandon joins My Choice Matters after several years working with young people in the health promotion sector, at WAYS Youth Services and YFoundations, the peak body for youth homelessness in NSW. In both organisations he worked on developing programs and workshops for young people to improve their physical and mental health. Brandon also worked at a youth mental health social enterprise and spent an interesting year as a youth intelligence analyst with the NSW Police Force. On the side he loves to volunteer and has been involved with a number of charities and organisations including Youth Action, Camp Goodtime and a long relationship with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras where he is a current director.
Brandon loves working with communities to empower and excite and thinks that working with a project that encourages so much agency in people is a real lucky break.
Eban Pollard, Senior Project Officer
Eban brings a broad range of experience from working across a variety of disability services in Victoria. He also has a background in International Public Health and has recently returned from an Australian Volunteers International placement working with a cross-disability self-advocacy organisation in Indonesia. Eban is driving the ADHC Group Home Project, which aims to build skills around exercising choice, voice and control for people living in group supported accommodation.
Robyn Russell, Facilitator
Robyn’s passion for empowerment and inclusion of all people living with a disability has underpinned her work in the community sector.
Her various roles in support work, teaching and as a coordinator of a community access program have given her valuable insight into the issues individuals face as they strive for a better life.
Robyn is enthusiastic about joining the team and looks forward to assisting people in understanding the NDIS and to reach their full potential.
Shae Gibson, Project Manager
Before joining My Choice Matters as Project Officer and then Project Manager, Shae was living in Indonesia where she volunteered in gender advocacy and community engagement.
Prior to this, Shae studied a Masters in Social Development at the University of New South Wales. She has previously worked for government and non-government organisations in social policy, community development and project management positions in the disability, housing, and mental health sectors. Shae is excited about the societal transformation that changes to disability support will bring and is proud to be a part of it.
Tammy Burnstock, Facilitator
Tammy has a background in storytelling and facilitation with children and young people. This includes Circles of Support and creative workshops around Australia. Tammy is a trained counselor with a Masters in Social Policy. She also works with the Sydney Story Factory, writes Play School and volunteers for Foto Friendship, linking students in Australia and East Timor. She is delighted to be part of the MCM team, working with people around NSW to make the most out of opportunities in this exciting time of change.