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MANAGEMENT COMMITEE

Kirstine Hand

President
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Kirstine Hand is the Project Coordinator of Capability, Confidence and Diversity Initiative at True Relationships and Reproductive Health. Kirstine works to increase awareness of the important role educators and school-based staff play in supporting student wellbeing and how this can be achieved through inclusive practices that are respectful of diversity.

A qualified teacher, Kirstine also works at QUT within the Faculty of Education and is on the committee for Diverse Voices, a non-profit organisation that provides phone and online support to the Queensland LGBTIQ+ community.

Jason Hurst

Treasurer
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Jason holds qualifications in investigations and business, with experience in a broad range of community and business organisations. He was a Private Investigator for 21 years before changing careers 7 years ago to run a Video Production Company with his life partner of 20 years.
Jason has previously served on the Pride Business Network committee for 2 years from 2013 and was proud to see its membership grow from 35 to over 200 members during this his time on the committee. Jason has recently returned to the Pride Business Network committee in 2020.
Jason originally started as a volunteer peer supporter with Diverse Voices and remains committed to the welfare of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Richard Bakker

Secretary
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Richard is the publisher of QNews Magazine, Queensland’s comprehensive LGBTIQ news, entertainment and lifestyle magazine.
A business owner for most of his working life is now actively involved in reviving the LGBTIQ voice in Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern NSW through a range of print and digital media platforms.

STAFF

Yvonne O’Callaghan

Program Manager
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Originally from Birmingham in the UK, Yvonne emigrated to Australia in 2001. Yvonne has 18yrs experience working within the disability sector with children, young people, and adults. 

Yvonne joined the Diverse Voices team back in 2012 as a volunteer peer supporter and in 2013 with the launching of QLife applied for a paid position. It has been an absolute privilege for Yvonne to witness the service grow to what it has become today.

As Project Coordinator for the QLife service here in QLD, Yvonne’s key role is to recruit, train and mentor volunteers for the helpline. She also works closely with the three other QLife partner sites across Australia and the national team in helping develop and continually improve the service.

Previously, Yvonne has been honoured to have volunteered with Wendybird for 5yrs and has recently become an accredited suicide prevention trainer (ASIST).

One of Yvonne’s biggest passions is music, and you can often hear music pumping from her office while she works.

Michelle Wylie

Clinical Supervisor
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I am a Narrative Therapist and registered counsellor, with experience working primarily with people from refugee backgrounds and the LGBTQIAP+ community. As a counsellor, my practice is informed by narrative therapy, intersectional feminism, somatic and trauma informed practice. I have a Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work.

QLife Peer Supporters

Part Time and Casual

Names not listed for Confidentiality purposes.

Emma Love

Administration / Project Support
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Emma has been with Diverse Voices since 2019, joining as a volunteer peer supporter. since then, Emma has successfully gained paid positions within the team as she completed her Bachelor of Counselling this year (2022).

With special interests in sexuality, gender, neurodiversity, alternative relationships, kink and sex worker inclusivity, coupled with her vast administration experience, she is uniquely qualified in her role.

Furthering their career, Emma plans to undertake a Masters in Sexology as a stepping stone towards becoming a sex therapist specialising in her interests. As a peer in the LGBTQIA+ community, Emma identifies as a queer, pansexual cis woman.