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Meet the CV! team

Get to know the amazing team behind Curtin Volunteers!...

Marcella Low, President

What are you studying? Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I have always loved volunteering in a variety of settings, and when I joined Curtin in 2015 and saw the kind of opportunities that CV! provided I knew that I had to get on board! The people here at CV! are pretty amazing too, and I feel my uni experience has been improved so much just in the last year and a half that I've been a part of CV!.
Who is someone that inspires you? My grandmother. She’s been through so many trials in life, and yet she’s pushed the boundaries in so many areas – especially in the area of native landscaping in WA, and she’s such a strong woman.
What’s a motto you live by? ‘By doing what you love you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.’ -Satsuki Shibuya.


Xavier Hazard, Vice President

What are you studying? Journalism and Law
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I love people. Volunteering is a fantastic way to meet, work with and learn from all sorts of incredible people. I'm a Humanities student; you do the Math.
Who is someone that inspires you? The TIME Person of the Year from 2006.
What’s a motto you live by? "Of course is it happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real.”


Chelsea Smoker, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce – Economics & Marketing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! In 2014 to try and meet new people through once of projects. I then moved on to different ongoing programs to contribute to the community on a regular basis.
Who is someone that inspires you? Michelle Obama - she is confident, driven, speaks her mind and gives back to the community.
What’s a motto you live by? If you’ve got health you’ve got wealth.


Nilima Ahsan, Program Leader

What are you studying? Creative Advertising & Graphic Design
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To give and help the community.
Who is someone that inspires you? My fellow volunteers.
What’s a motto you live by? Don’t hurt anyone intentionally.


Heshna Nellapotesawmy, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce – Economics & Management
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To meet lots of new people and gain some experience.
Who is someone that inspires you? Family-mother mostly.
What’s a motto you live by? Live life to the fullest.


Brie Byles, Program Leader

What are you studying? Nursing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To give back to the community and add my little touch of sunshine to the world!
Who is someone that inspires you? My family and friends.
What’s a motto you live by? Leave people happier than before they met you.


Rohann Pillay, Program Leader

What are you studying? Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Develop personal and employable skills, give back to the community etc.
Who is someone that inspires you? Conor McGregor etc.


Auriah Lane, Program Leader

What are you studying? Environmental Biology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To make friends, try something new & outside my comfort zone and have fun outside my studies!
Who is someone that inspires you? Taylor Swift, because she turns negatives into positives with #1 hits and she is an advocate for a variety of charities and good causes.
What’s a motto you live by? Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today & be true to who you are.


Adrianna Joyce, Program Leader

What are you studying? Nursing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To get more involved in the community, to help others and to make the most out of my uni life.
Who is someone that inspires you? Thomas S. Monson
What’s a motto you live by? True happiness comes from making others happy.


Hannah Salm, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bsc. Physiotherapy
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I love serving my community and making new friends. CV! Is an amazing platform to have unique university experiences.
Who is someone that inspires you? My best friend Amy. She is such a strong, independent young woman who isn’t afraid to put in hard work to achieve her goals.
What’s a motto you live by? What person can add a cubit to their stature by worrying.


Jeanette, Program Leader

What are you studying? Masters of Speech Pathology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? For a challenge and to meet new people.
Who is someone that inspires you? Casey Neistat. I love the way he brought himself to where he is currently at and pursued his dream even when he started with nothing.
What’s a motto you live by? We rise by lifting others.


Ian Van Biezen, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Education (primary)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To enhance my education qualification and to meet others.
Who is someone that inspires you? Teachers-they create tomorrow’s professionals.
What’s a motto you live by? Dream big.


Adil Gran, Program Leader

What are you studying? Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To gain valuable skills, meet new people and give back to the community.
Who is someone that inspires you? Myself.
What’s a motto you live by? Don’t worry about what others think of you.


Rex Tion, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because it’s the best way to get out into the community and make new friends.
Who is someone that inspires you? Nero
What’s a motto you live by? “Don’t let your dreams be dreams” – Shia LeBeouf


Thilini Fernando, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to meet new people, improve my leadership skills.
Who is someone that inspires you? Myself.
What’s a motto you live by? Be a better me than who I was today.


Nirzari Dave, Communications Officer

What are you studying? Mechanical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to help the community in a new way, make new friends and learn new things.
Who is someone that inspires you? My mum-she’s the most giving person I know, and she inspires me to be the same.
What’s a motto you live by? Passion is the result of action, not the cause.


Senaida D’Souza, Program Leader

What are you studying? Psychology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Give back to the local community in any way that I can.
Who is someone that inspires you? Jennifer Lopez
What’s a motto you live by? There is no harm done by trying …you only get out what you put in.


Karthi Vyravanathan, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and Management
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I want to be involved in community projects and enhance my network.
Who is someone that inspires you? My family and my best friend Sarensh.
What’s a motto you live by? Never stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.


Amberly Kilmartin, Program Leader

What are you studying? Psychology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? The free hoodie. (And I guess all the valuable experiences and friendships too…)
Who is someone that inspires you? Most volunteers I meet (cheesy, I know) – but there is so much you can learn from other people you meet if you bother to ask a few questions.
What’s a motto you live by? “Just do it” – Nike/Shia LaBeouf


Jason Lai, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Finance Double Degree
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I want to meet new people to extend my network, I want to learn how to run programs and projects because it will help me to develop communication, time management and problem solving skills. Lastly, I love volunteering that is why I am with CV!!!!
Who is someone that inspires you? My manager at my workplace.
What’s a motto you live by? Trust in yourself, before anyone else.


Jessica Leyton

What are you studying? Psychology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I wanted to be a part of a community of people that are oriented towards making change! I love helping others achieve their volunteering goals and helping local organisations.
Who is someone that inspires you? Too many to list! I would say that right now I'm trying to inspire myself :)
What’s a motto you live by? Live in the present


Nadine Elmowafy, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I enjoy helping out in the community and meeting new people and this is a great way to do both!
Who is someone that inspires you? I am inspired by all the people I meet through volunteering, I love hearing people's stories and motivations and it inspires me to do my best and continue to support others through volunteering.
What’s a motto you live by? Take simple steps to a happier life.


Michael Lee

What are you studying? Bachelor of Chemical Engineering.
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I started volunteering with CV! as I thought it was a good way to clear my head from my studies while also helping others out and meeting new people. After a some time, I decided to join the leadership team and I have been enjoying it. Mixing volunteering with studies is great fun.
Who is someone that inspires you? Elon Musk
What’s a motto you live by? Chasing meaning is better than avoiding discomfort.


Laura Lee Shee We

What are you studying? Chemical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? CV! is a great opportunity to meet and work with new people. I joined CV! because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something different and challenging while enjoying my university life and also helping the community.
Who is someone that inspires you? Ellen DeGeneres
What’s a motto you live by? Experience is our greatest teacher


Kai Yuin Yeo

What are you studying? Bachelor of Law
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I wanted to try something new, something different. I've never volunteered before so CV! is kind of like my volunteering 'debut'. I wanted to experience and learn things and be out of my comfort zone so I thought that CV! could give me that. And it did!
Who is someone that inspires you? Barack and Michelle Obama. Their leadership inspires me to be a greater leader, a leader who can advocate the things that they care about and make a change.
What’s a motto you live by? Take life one step at a time.