YMCA - Why Not?

Editorial Committee

Angus

Angus

Editor

Angus is a news junkie and passionate advocate for youth empowerment and LGBTI+ inclusion and equity – he uses male pronouns. Angus grew up in Launceston, Tasmania, where he got his first taste of the newsroom as a cadet journalist for the Examiner. With the burning desire to break the shackles of island life, Angus moved to Melbourne to attend La Trobe University where he completed a Masters of International Relations. A mad obsession with Japan then led Angus to spend a year in the country teaching English to elementary school students. Angus has always believed in the power of the voice of young people and landing a job as the Youth Empowerment Coordinator at YMCA NSW was the perfect outlet for this passion.

Eleanor Brown

Eleanor Brown

Editor & Communications Specialist

Eleanor supports YMCA Bridge Project, Youth and Children's Services as the Communications and Media Specialist for YMCA Victoria. Outside of her professional work, Eleanor is a strong advocate for women and children affected by family violence and gender equality. Eleanor’s professional experience and volunteer work has cultivated her passion for campaigning for positive reform in our public sector to ensure a fair and safe community for all. As well as volunteering with Women's Rights Defenders (Amnesty International), she also spends her time mentoring through YWCA's Big Sister program (ASISTA). Eleanor's writing depicts her array of short-lived hobbies with a great mixture of topical issues, research and humour. From 12 hours of her private's pilots license to fencing tournaments and experimenting life as a female Uber driver, she's ticking-off her long list of ‘I’ll try that'.

Georgie Nichol

Georgie Nichol

Editor

With a degree in Health Science and halfway through her Masters of Education, Georgie landed at YMCA Australia in 2015. Her love of travel has been met with opportunity as a Global Change Agent to connect with young leaders from the YMCA Movement across the globe. Having taught English in a remote community in Vietnam for 6 months, Georgie is impact driven and passionate about creating better outcomes for women and young people. When she’s not planning her next overseas adventure, you’ll find her running (Forrest Gump style) in endurance events and being a helicopter parent to her labrador puppy, Chilli.

Jono Santamaria

Jono Santamaria

Chairperson

Jono is passionate about travel and an avid consumer of smallgoods. After completing a Bachelor of Public Health at La Trobe University, Jonathon continued his studies in Mexico City while he traveled North America. Soon after returning to Australia he began his career at the YMCA in Whittlesea. At 25, Jono moved to Barcelona and spent a year and half traveling Europe and Central America. Jono is currently the Director of YMCA Global Study, a social enterprise that provides short-term study abroad programs for Australian university students and would love to see WhyNot? used to help challenge and change how we form public health policy.

Luke Beattie

Luke Beattie

Website Editor & Communications Specialist

Besides cracking puns galore, Luke is a strong advocate for LGBTI and youth issues. He is West Australian born and raised, where he resides in Fremantle. He enjoys catching a wave at Perth's renowned beaches, hanging out with mates and his Labradoodle, Lenny. Luke has been employed at YMCA WA since January 2018, where he works as a Communications Officer, whilst balancing his final semester of a Bachelor in Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising at Edith Cowan University.

Sandra Tay

Sandra Tay

Engagement Specialist

Sandra is a cat lover and passionate youth advocate. Born in Singapore, she migrated to Australia when she was 11 and grew up in Geelong – which explains why she is such a dedicated supporter of the Geelong Cats and freedom of speech. At 26 years old, she has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and 5 years of experience in the community sector working with diverse young people. Sandra currently volunteers with YMCA Victoria's Youth Services and the WhyNot? Editorial Committee. In her spare time, you’ll find her op-shopping, watching the footy or angry tweeting politicians.

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