Hon. Special Advisor: Agnes M Whitten, AM. A known community leader who has mentored many migrant men and women build their careers and businesses. She says, “she is a housewife who is never at home.”
Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia OAM in 2002 for community service in the areas of women’s affairs and multiculturalism and later appointed Member of Australia AM for significant service to the multicultural community of Queensland and raising awareness on gender diversity through a range of organisations in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018. Queensland Multicultural Service Award (2003) She was the Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland ( 2009-2014).
She is a metallurgist by training and worked at the University of Queensland as a Senior Research Assistant for 8 years. She was a member of the UQ Senate for 9 years. She pioneered the position of Women’s Adviser to the Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, a position that was the first and only one in Australia.
Secretary: Amrita Deshpande – She has more than 25 years of experience working with non-profit organisations, she has experience from 5 countries. She is a artist and has her own art studio, She has worked as a manager in non-profit organisation, she has worked in government advisory committees, she is associated with various different community organisations in Brisbane as secretary, and President.
Treasurer: Vera Pottinger – She has been in Australia since 1999 and has worked for 20 yrs as multicultural engagement social worker. She says more diverse we are the stronger we become; she is associated with the Australian Indonesian community.
Public Relations Coordinator & Social Media Manager:Adhis Cole brings extensive experience as Public Relations Coordinator and Events Officer. She is deeply passionate about promoting cultural awareness, understanding, and harmony, and has been actively involved in programs to foster and promote diversity in community. These experiences have given her valuable insights into the challenges faced by multicultural communities and have fueled her desire to play an active role in bridging the gap for these communities.
Adhis holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Bachelors degree in Nursing. Her background in Nursing as a Registered Nurse has given her the opportunity to work with many diverse groups thereby giving her firsthand experience of challenges faced by minorities in the multicultural community.
She currently works as a Project Manager with the Mater Refugee Health and looks after the Multicultural Vaccine program. She is also Vice-Chairperson and Co-founder of FGMAA (Female Genital Mutilation Awareness Australia), an evidence-based research group that uses empirical evidence to raise awareness on FGM/C here in Australia and globally. She also works with the African Australian Advocacy Centre (AAAC), the African Professionals of Australia (APA) & the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC). She has also recently established the African Australian Parents Support Council (AAPSC) a group of African Parents that regularly meets to discuss challenges facing African parents and youth and formed collaborative working partnerships with community service & engagement providers to work together to find solutions and strategies around these issues.
Adhis is also an Advisory Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Review Board and member of the Working group Youth Matters Network that is facilitated by the Moreton Bay Regional Council. Adhis has also previously served as Secretary for the Kenyans In Queensland Community.