New CEO for Vinnies NSW
Former NSW Minister for Juvenile Justice and Minister for Youth and Volunteering Graham West has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the NSW State Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Mr West - who has been a member of the Society since he was a teenager - will take up his position as CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW in early 2011.
In making the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council's announcement yesterday, National President Syd Tutton said Mr West brings to the CEO role a 'passionate commitment to social justice and excellent working knowledge of the community sector of NSW'.
"As the former Member for Campbelltown, Graham represented one of the youngest areas of the State and is deeply committed to St Vincent de Paul Society's Mission to stand with people who have been pushed to the margins," Mr Tutton said.
Unrivalled network of tireless volunteers
Mr West said he the St Vincent de Paul Society has long played an important part in the life of his family and many others in NSW.
"Every year, the Society helps thousands of families and individuals in need with food, shelter, support and friendship and provides a voice to the most disadvantaged in the community," Mr West said.
"It has an unrivalled network of tireless volunteers who deliver these services throughout NSW, supported by a team of dedicated staff and I am looking forward to serving them in the role of CEO.
"St Vincent de Paul Society has given me so much over the years, and has shaped my desire to work in the community with those in need since I first got involved as a 17 year old. It is also where I met my wife Tanya 18 years ago, at a St Vincent de Paul Youth Conference in Armidale.
"This role is an opportunity to repay the enormous debt of gratitude that I owe the Society and its Members."
There are more than 500 Vinnies volunteer members and 70 employees in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. Vinnies operates four Vinnies Centres (Seven Hills, Springwood, Kingswood and Merrylands) in the Diocese, as well as youth and social services including the Cardinal Freeman Centre, Our Lady of the Way and the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Social Justice. Parishioners attached to Vinnies Conferences conduct home visitations and other initiatives in 47 Parishes throughout the Diocese.
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