Felicity has worked in a range of positions in the disability sector including service development, project management and service management roles. Felicity is passionate about supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice within their community. In both a professional and voluntary capacity she has assisted with the development of self-advocacy programs and supported individual’s with intellectual disability in their self-advocacy roles. This passion for supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice has led her to undertake a PhD in the area of inclusive research. Felicity also enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience and passion with students through tutoring at Flinders University in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.
ACTING SENIOR MANAGER - PROJECTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Laynie has extensive experience as a program coordinator and project manager within the Disability and Education sectors. Over the last 10 years she has been actively involved in various state-wide and national inclusive collaborations to drive change so that people with disability have equitable opportunity to access, participate and achieve their goals within education and employment. Laynie’s personal experience as a supporter of family and friends with disability led her to undertake studies in Law and Behavioural Science before completing her Honours in Disability and Developmental Education. She is passionate about social justice, self-advocacy and human rights, all of which underpins her drive to create more inclusive communities. In addition to volunteering in a number of roles within her community, Laynie is admin of her local Buy Nothing Group, a gift economy initiative which aims to build communities and collaboratively share the abundance around us. Laynie is a lover of astronomy, music, camping and gardening, and also provides academic support at Flinders University within the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.
SENIOR MANAGER -
PROJECTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Jillian is a Developmental Educator with diverse program coordination, organisational capacity building and teaching experience within the disability sector. Jillian is passionate about access to the arts, leisure and recreation for its natural ability to develop relationships, build confidence and instil a sense of identity in a way that cannot easily be sought in other areas. Jillian is involved in her community through her involvement in gymnastics as a performer with the Harlequin Spirals German Wheel team. Prior to joining SACID Jillian worked for a number of years as a Disability Advisor at an international NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, while concurrently teaching online for Flinders University. Guided strongly by human rights, Jillian is passionate about her role at SACID and the ability to support people with intellectual disability to advocate for themselves.
Jill is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in 2023.
Sarah uses her voice as a person with intellectual disability to support SACID to develop information and resources that people with intellectual disability and their families really want. Sarah has held advocacy roles such as being an Ambassador for Down Syndrome South Australia where she was able to share her experiences and achievements with wide audiences both in Australia and overseas. As an Inclusion Worker, Sarah enjoys helping people to be more informed by sharing her ideas for new workshops and assisting to develop and run these sessions. Sarah is involved in her community through participation in dancing, cheerleading and long-term open employment and uses her networks to promote the work of SACID with passion. Sarah believes that it is important for people with intellectual disability to be included and valued in the community so that you can teach the community how to be inclusive and understand people with intellectual disability – you do this by showing people what you are able to achieve!
Mel is a Developmental Educator which has led her to experience a diverse range of roles within the disability sector from support worker, mentor, NDIS Support Coordination, allied health therapist and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. Mel is passionate about supporting people to make a positive difference in their lives through using a person centred, active support approach. Mel is excited to be part of the SACID team, to work alongside people with intellectual disability and to promote an accessible and inclusive community. Mel enjoys exploring new foods and eateries in her spare time and also continues her work as a support worker and mentor.
PROJECT OFFICER - WORKSHOPS
Aerina is a recent Social Work graduate from the University of South Australia and is excited to work with the SACID team in co-designing workshops and delivering them around South Australia. Prior to joining the SACID team, Aerina has worked people with disability as a support worker and youth mentor, where she supported NDIS participants to build their capacity and achieve their goals. Consistent with SACID’s values, Aerina is highly passionate about upholding and promoting the human rights of all people and working towards equality and inclusion for all. Aerina is dedicated to amplifying the voices of people with intellectual disability so that they can share their experiences and stories and are able to speak on matters that are important to them. Outside of work, Aerina enjoys dining out, watching sports, attending live music shows and thrift shopping.
PROJECT OFFICER - WORKSHOPS
Alirio is a multiskilled professional with ample experience working across many different roles in the disability sector. He has a lived experience of disability through his brother Ali who was blind and had an intellectual disability and has a passion for human rights, advocacy and trying to offer solutions to social problems.
Alirio is an award-winning actor, director, theatre-maker and has developed a unique and distinct “Methodology of Ability” that combines film, moving image and live performance in multiple bodies of work including “Sons & Mothers”, “The Book of Loco”, “The Migration Project” among many others. He has over 25 years of experience working with communities and has deliver workshops created works in Jails, Detention Centers, National & International Universities, Schools, with Youth at Risk, with Multicultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities and with many organizations across Australia and Overseas.
As a performer Alirio has numerous performance credits with many theatre companies across Australia including Sydney Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, The Malthouse, Windmill Theatre, State Opera South Australia and State Theatre Company of South Australia. In 2016 Alirio received The Citizen of The Year Award from The City of Port Adelaide Enfield and was nominated for Australian of the year.
Currently Alirio is the Artistic Director of ‘AJZ Productions’, ‘True North Youth Theatre Ensemble’ and ‘True Ability’ which Alirio Co-Leads with Creative Producer Kelly Vincent.
PROJECT OFFICER -
MY LIFE, MY CHOICES PROJECT AND
PEER ACTION CREWS
Cathi is an experienced parliamentary advisor who has supported a number of members of parliament in a range of roles including research, administration and media liaison. As a mature aged student, she gained her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and went on to complete an Honours degree in Early Childhood with a research project on diversity in children’s literature. She has always had a strong sense of social justice and an interest in human rights for all, working and volunteering on a variety of community action campaigns on a wide range of issues including public transport, tobacco law and improved disability access. Working with members of the public to access their rights and get better access to services has given her a strong overview of the services available in SA. She loves gardening, walking in the bush spotting wildlife or walking in the suburbs and finding great gardens and architecture.
With prior experience in disability services and the not-for-profit sector, Halima joins SACID after working at the National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research – Lowitja Institute in Melbourne as a Research Project Officer. Halima also worked as a community support worker for over three years before moving to Melbourne. Her past experience in this sector is vital to understanding how services can better train staff in order to help them support people with disability. Halima grew up overseas but since getting her Master’s degree in Health and International Development in Australia, she now considers Australia her second Home. Halima is a Project Assistant working on promoting awareness about issues that are important to people with intellectual disability.
Maddison is a graduate of a double degree in Social Science (Human Services) and Psychological Science. Maddison has previously worked for SACID in a casual Project Assistant role and since completing her degree has worked in administration for a NDIS registered Allied Health organisation and as a School Support Officer, supporting children with disabilities to be successful in the education setting. Maddison is passionate about inclusivity, finding ways to reduce and remove barriers to participation, and values the voice of all people. Maddison utilises a person-centered, humanistic approach in her work and life. Outside of work, Maddison enjoys spending time with family, reading, nibbling at cheese platters, and drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee.
Elizabeth has an accounting degree and is a Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, having held finance roles at Minda Incorporated and Craniofacial Australia. In these roles, Elizabeth was able to use her accounting skills to help provide useful financial information to people making financial decisions and gained an insight into the importance of maintaining a strong financial voice for people with disabilities to be able to access and participate equally in the community. SACID’s purpose of inclusion, building confidence and equal access to information in order to both educate and participate equally are aligned to her own and she looks forward to being a part of the team. Elizabeth has a passion for travel, keeping active and music. She is currently studying music theory and singing and is keen to reconnect with family and friends when travel is possible.
SACID Inclusion Worker Ruby Nankivell is a Peer Action Leader and Co-Design Researcher. She is a team member of the Peer Action Crews Project and the My Life, My Choices supported decision making project. Ruby says working with SACID is a great experience: “I work with wonderful and creative people, with and without a disability to make life better for all South Australians.” Through her work at SACID, Ruby wants to end all forms of discrimination against people with disabilities. She wants all people with a disability to know their rights and to be respected and valued community members, “I’d like to see the first Prime Minster of Australia with a disability”.
Ruby keeps busy with a range of activities such as making YouTube videos, going for walks, heading to the gym, catching up with friends, shopping, eating out (especially if it includes gelato), watching movies and helping her Grandpa in his business. Ruby had her first job in a café while she was at school. Now she is setting up a public speaking business called: “Ruby Nankivell – find the value in every moment.” She is studying public speaking and disability studies at Flinders University. She is a Board Member of Enabled Youth Disability Network and volunteers at Flinders Medical Centre.
Tim works with SACID in the role of co-design researcher on the My Life, My Choices Supported Decision Making project. He also supports the Workshops team and co-facilitates a number of the SACID workshops. Tim comes to SACID with a background in studying a Cert. 3 in Business and a Cert. 3 in Government. Tim has extensive volunteering experience at both the Noarlunga Hospital and the Glenelg Footy Club and past employment at Flinders University and a number of local Government departments. Working with SACID is very important to Tim. He enjoys the challenge of work, the chance to meet new people, socialise and be engaged in the community. Tim can be found enjoying many sports and is a passionate tennis and football player. Tim also enjoys time online, playing Playstation and video games in his spare time.
Amanda works with SACID in the role of co-design researcher on the My Life, My Choices Supported Decision Making project. Amanda is new to the workforce and believes that working with SACID is a great way to start her career in the community. Amanda is keen to learn all about the work that SACID does and shows great qualities as an emerging self-advocate. Outside of work you will find Amanda’s spare time filled with caring for her much loved pets.
Thomas is an Inclusion Advisor for the project Towards Inclusive Practice – Including Everyone. Thomas was born in China and came to Australia at a young age. Thomas has had many volunteer roles at Op shops as a Retail Assistant and has helped out at a school cafe. He has also volunteered as a Leisure and health Assistant at aged care facilities, helping residents with social activities and interactions such as bingo, and providing extra help and support to make their life happy. Thomas currently also works as a Food and Hospitality Assistant at an Aged Care facility.
Thomas is excited to work at SACID as he is keen to help people with intellectual disability to become more confident in themselves, speak up and be sociable in their friendship groups. Thomas wants to help people get out of their shells by overcoming their barriers in life. Thomas is looking forward to meeting the people SACID work with interstate, as part of the Towards Inclusive Practice Project.
Libby has extensive experience as a self-advocate. She has been involved with Our Voice SA as a Peer Mentor since 2018 and has recently been working with Purple Orange to run workshops for people with disability. Libby is passionate about sharing her experiences in her life with others and have spoken at many different conferences and groups. Libby is excited to be working at SACID as an Inclusion Advisor for the Towards Inclusive Practice – Including Everyone, project. She hopes to gain more skills and also provide mentorship to others to speak up about their rights. Libby’s passion is helping people with disability to find their voice and to stand up for themselves; and to support others to take control of their life. Libby also likes to socialize with others to see what they have been up to.
In Libby’s spare time, she enjoys speaking up for herself and others, and knitting.
Joanna joins the SACID team as an Inclusion Advisor for the Towards Inclusive Practice – Including Everyone, project. She is excited for the opportunity to look at things in a different perspective. Joanna would also like to share her experiences living with an intellectual disability, with others.
Joanna has a background in Hospitality and has previously worked at cafes and Aged Care Facilities. Joanna had a big family which includes three brothers, who she enjoys spending time with. In Joanna’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, keeping active with sports such as tennis and netball, film and new media with Tutti and quad biking.