MYSS is led by a team of experienced individuals that bring a breadth of expertise from various backgrounds, including law, education, accounting, public service, mental health support services and community leadership.
Born in South Sudan, like so many others Peter was forced to escape from his birthplace due to the civil war and sought safety in another country. In a harrowing journey, Peter arrived in Australia in 2006 having fled through Egypt under the United Nations re-settlement, and understands the impact and life changing damage that can result from pre-migration and post-migration refugee experiences.
Peter has trained as a Mental Health practitioner and with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs has continued his work as a community champion and counsellor specialising in substance abuse.
Peter is passionate about helping disengaged, disadvantaged, and marginalized migrants particularly young people and their parents from refugee backgrounds who have been subjected to intense trauma.
A metallurgical engineering professional who has worked across cultures in Australia, Zimbabwe, China and Japan in the mining and metallurgical industry over the past 27 years.
During the last few years Francis has been involved with the INNovation Crowd in the City of Casey where he focused on exploring his creative side. He’s a strategic thinker, goal oriented and an excellent communicator with a high level of computer literacy.
Francis decided to embark on his other passion of giving back to his community, and also serves on the board of a soccer academy established to benefit the marginalised youth in the City of Casey and Cardinia.
Led by an inherent belief in young people as well as their ability to make change in their lives, Mary has been with MYSS since the conception of the vision in 2014.
Mary has extensive work experience in both health and community sectors and is a registered nurse and midwife. Originally from Nigeria where her work was with a Family Planning Clinical Services Provider, Mary has since completed a Bachelor of Nursing (Post Registration) in Australia. She has also completed a Bachelor of Community Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs, where she also won Achievement Award - Chisholm Outstanding International Student of the Year in Higher Education and is currently completing a Masters of Counselling.
Currently working as a Registered Nurse (Division 1), in Alcohol and Other Drugs Therapeutic Community, Mary also serves as the board secretary of Joyway Widows Foundation – an Australian foundation supporting childless widows (60 years and above) in Nigeria.