Meet some Scarf participants!
Nyaguich – 2012 Winter Scarf trainee
What did you like about Scarf?
I like Scarf because I learn more about different things.
What did you learn during the program?
I learn to serve the customers, coffee making and wine training.
Did you feel ready to get a job after you completed the program?
Yes I feel ready to get a job because I gained more confidence and I enjoyed my time at Scarf.
What would you say to a friend who was considering doing some training at Scarf?
I would say to friend if you really want to get more experience go to Scarf Community.
Mark – 2012 Winter Scarf mentor
Where do you work?
Cumulus Inc. I started there two and a half years ago as a waiter, now I’m also one of the wine buyers.
What do you think the trainees get out of the program?
I think the trainees in the program come out a lot richer for the experience gained from Scarf and have a much stronger leg to push off from to leap into the world of hospitality. Nothing is hidden from them and they are shown that it is hard work but the rewards are grand.
What’s the best thing about being a mentor at Scarf?
In the last couple of weeks when the trainees take things into their own hands and work hard, fast and still have a laugh. And the heartfelt thanks you get from them at the end of it all… you see it in their eyes.
Would you recommend being a mentor to other hospitality professionals?
Yes. We all started out from stage one and worked to where we are now and it is a great feeling to help young people come out of their shell and show their personality. Going through what seems easy to me, and taking the time and patience to teach some one who does not have those skills is richly rewarding.
Robyn Gould - Restaurant Manager
Robyn caught the hospitality bug many years ago, while working her way through university. Eventually the passion for hospitality overtook academia, and she opened her own place – Café Nova on Brunswick St. After years of weddings, parties, nightclubs and bars (not all necessarily her own) she returned to university to pursue a growing interest in social justice. Joining the team in February 2013, Scarf provides the ideal way to combine these two passions. As Restaurant Manager, Robyn seeks to maximise the learning experiences of the trainees, while ensuring the diners enjoy their Scarf experience.
Christos Vafeas – Volunteer Lead Mentor
Christos has been a hospitality professional for over 40 years, so it’s fair to say he seriously knows his stuff. Along with various partners, he has owned and operated many iconic Melbourne venues, from the St Kilda Pier Kiosk to The Botanical Hotel. Eight years ago Christos decided that he wanted to pass on his knowledge to the new generation of hospitality workers, so he became a certified trainer. We first met Christos when he mentored during the 2013 Spring Scarf season, where he made hospitality seem like a piece of cake and inspired the trainees to really sink their teeth in! As the season was drawing to a close, Christos decided that he wasn’t quite ready to part ways with Scarf (lucky us!) and so in early 2014, he became Scarf’s ‘Lead Mentor’. In this volunteer role, Christos is involved in various training sessions, including delivering the Responsible Service of Alcohol course to the Scarf trainees. During the Scarf Dinners, Christos brings his wealth of experience (and a modicum of charm) to oversee the trainees and mentors and ensure that service runs smoothly.
Hannah Colman - General Manager
Hannah is a Swinburne Multimedia (Media Studies) graduate, freelance writer and lover of Worlds. She has been working in restaurants for over ten years because she loves food and enjoys the social side of hospitality. After bits and pieces of volunteering (including editing *bespoken, a community newspaper dedicated to providing a voice to marginalised members of the community), Hannah co-founded Scarf with Jess Moran in 2010. Hannah looked after Scarf’s marketing and communications for three years, and in August 2013 became Scarf’s general manager. As well as ensuring the trainees get the most out of the program, Hannah is interested in fostering the Scarf community – volunteers, dinner guests, host restaurants, sponsors, knitters and the like. She also spends a bit of time gently reminding people that Scarf is not an acronym! In our case, it’s just a warm, comforting show of support and an expression of culture.
Liz Grady – Partnerships and Communications Manager
Liz is a passionate communicator, has a genuine love of people and gets little-kid-excited about delicious food and the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of others. All this makes her a pretty great fit for the role of Scarf’s Partnerships & Communications Manager, which she began in January 2014. Whilst lecturing at RMIT University in 2012, Liz began volunteering for Scarf, coordinating crafts projects and communications collateral. She then jetted to New York, and spent most of 2013 looking after the Sales & Marketing of a luxury inn and farm-to-table restaurant. Whilst Liz has always loved the food scene and been intrigued by the hospitality industry, her career has centred around marketing for the adventure travel industry and has seen her live or travel across all seven continents! All that travel led her to base herself back in Melbourne and she will proudly argue that Melbourne’s food scene is one of the most exciting in the world. She reckons it can comfortably hold its own against Paris, New York or any of the other global food hubs, and she’d know! Liz is focussed on strengthening people’s awareness of Scarf and finding new ways to grow its wonderful work.
Kate Gayfer – Volunteer Bookings Manager
Kate has a passion for food and all things creative, which could be attributed to her visual merchandising background. She currently manages her own business (event management, contract marketing work and promotions) and is also a master cupcake creator, specialising in mini-cupcakes of all flavours and designs. Kate is the volunteer marketing, events and fundraising manager of Kadasig Aid & Development, a non-profit organisation working to assist in the improvement of life for children and families in the Philippines. Last but definitely not least, she is also a mum to a very energetic four year old. If you look up the word organised in the dictionary, don’t be surprised to see Kate’s face! Kate has been a volunteer at Scarf for the past two years, and currently manages the Scarf Dinner bookings and gift certificate sales. She also constantly feeds us delicious, tiny cupcakes, which we don’t mind one bit.
Scarf exists with support from many people, organisations and businesses. Our supporters include:
Scarf’s Board of Directors
Noel was appointed a director of Scarf in April 2011. Noel holds degrees in law and economics and is a member of CPA Australia. He is a partner with Hall & Wilcox lawyers, and practises mainly in commercial dispute resolution.
Noel is a volunteer tutor with AMES and is interested in assisting refugees to fully engage in the community.
Jana is the Communications Manager and the Community Team Leader at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). In these roles, Jana is responsible for social marketing, communication and advocacy activities as well as overseeing the delivery of the eight community engagement programs.
Jana has extensive experience working in the private and not-for-profit sector in leadership and marketing roles in Melbourne and London. Jana transitioned from the private to the not-for-profit sector by undertaking a management role in Mongolia on an income generation project for three years. Jana has also worked in India developing social marketing strategies for increasing the effectiveness and acceptance of women as political leaders.
Jana also has a keen interest in the development of future leaders and works as a tutor and mentor to students at The School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Sheelagh brings to the Scarf board extensive experience in assisting disadvantaged job seekers to enter the workforce. In particular she has worked with asylum seekers, refugees and people with disabilities. She has also worked with employers to understand their needs and develop approaches to equip them to recruit and successfully employ disadvantaged people.
Sheelagh has substantial experience in management development and work place change and has assisted many organisations to focus and fine-tune their operations to meet changing environments.
Recently, Sheelagh moved from her role working in Employment at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (which she held for five years) to begin her current role as the Community Speaker Coordinator at the ASRC.
Appointed as a Scarf director in May 2011, Kellie is currently employed as Production Manager at FareShare. She has broad experience within the hospitality industry in both hands-on and management roles, including the chef manager at Libby Reid Catering.
Kellie strongly believes in the ability of grassroots organisations to positively change equity and access to employment. Kellie can be called upon to man the Scarf “back of house” in emergencies.