I am a first generation Australian born to a Ukrainian father (from Dnipro) and Dutch mother. I live in the Dandenong Ranges with my family and my interests include travel, gardening, and cooking (especially Ukrainian cuisine).
I have worked in the travel industry for 30 years and am currently Head of Client Management at CTM, Australia’s largest corporate travel management company.
Having grown up in a migrant family, I have experienced the positive impact that multiculturalism has brought Australia and I have also witnessed some of the challenges that new arrivals to Australia can experience. I have always been proud of my family heritage and fondly remember my Ukrainian Grandmothers’ stories of Ukraine, sharing her Ukrainian culture with us as children, and all the amazing food she prepared. Ukrainians all over the world are raised on Borshch!
My association with the AUV is only recent. The onset of the war drew me to the first protest rally organised by the AUV and from there I started to meet members of the Ukrainian community. I have observed how the AUV connects members of the diaspora with their Ukrainian heritage and keeps that connection, support and culture alive.
In addition to nurturing Ukrainian culture, I have also observed the AUV perform a valuable role supporting many people within the Ukrainian community, of supporting and assisting recently arrived Ukrainians directly affected by the war and of supporting the war effort via fundraising and public awareness campaigns. These experiences have motivated me to assist the AUV in their valuable work by offering my services to the board and our community. My current role on the board is as events director and I am looking forward to assisting in the organisation of future events that celebrate our wonderful Ukrainian heritage, culture and traditions