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.
Ricky Holt - Chef
Ricky has been shopping at the Victoria market since before some of you were born. A recent trip to Barcelona and ‘La Boqueria’ market only reinforced that great food and inspiration come from wonderful seasonal produce, especially when displayed as a visual feast. You may remember Ricky from the Rathdowne Street Food Store, but these days he bares his wares online as Ricky Holt Catering, where his services go beyond just catering… ‘Hospitality Trouble Shooter’, anyone?! Ricky has been cooking at Scarf since the Winter of 2011, and he brings much to the Scarf table – specifically fresh, seasonal and simply good food. And as a seasoned hospitality player, he is a true believer in the importance of relevant staff training.
Jess Moran - General Manager
Jess is a School for Social Entrepreneurs fellow (2010) with a Diploma of Youth Work. After three years in the social work field, this year she’s getting stuck into a bachelor of Human Services (Masters Social Work) as she is passionate about creating opportunities to re-engage young people in the workforce and the wider community. Before the social justice bug bit, Jess was a front-of-house superstar, working at many well-regarded restaurants in Melbourne and on her home turf – the Mornington Peninsula. She also has a passion for wine, and in 2009 undertook a wine course where she made a few dozen bottles of Pinot Noir. They weren’t bad! Jess co-founded Scarf in 2010, and her combination of hospitality and social work experience makes her ideally placed to manage the Scarf team.
Hannah Colman - Marketing and Communications
Hannah is a Swinburne Multimedia (Media Studies) graduate, freelance writer and lover of Worlds. She has been working in restaurants for almost 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 in 2010. Hannah now looks after Scarf’s marketing and communications and is particularly interested in fostering the Scarf community – dinner guests, 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.)
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.
See profile above!
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.