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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!.


Tiffany Verga, Vice President

What are you studying? Law and Journalism
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined when I first started university because I wanted to get involved more around campus and meet new people along the way.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Definitely Mr Bump, I am always accidentally harming myself and just generally being clumsy!


Sarah Hoy, Project Leader

What are you studying? Occupational Therapy
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To develop my leadership, communication and time management skills. I want to give back to the community where I can and by registering for CV! I get to do this for a group I am passionate about.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little miss busy because I'm never home; whether it be due to work, uni, catching up with friends/family, volunteering or at committee meetings.



Kate Haynes, Program Leader

What are you studying? Psychology and Commerce
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined mainly for new experiences. After volunteering as a mentor at Curtin I decided I wanted to be more involved in the university community. I hope through this experience I will be able to help others but also learn new things in the process.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? "Little miss busy". I always find new things to do whether it be with work or university to fill my time. I also enjoy a challenge, testing myself to learn new things. I enjoy being busy!

Heshna Nellapotesawmy, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To meet lots of new people and gain some experience.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little miss helpful - since I like helping people.


Brie Byles, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To give back to the community and add my little touch of sunshine to the world!
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Fun - I'm always looking for the fun in everything and love keeping busy!


Ish Caroopanen, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! to strengthen my identity, ideologies and values. It turned out to more giving in terms of valuable relationships, solace and happiness.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr. Daydream. Simply because, "...ya can't get to Nevada on five bucks and a bad heart..." - Dave Matthes


Carissa Van Wieringen, Project Leader

What are you studying? Masters of International Business
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers! because I felt that it was an amazing opportunity to get involved in to contribute to the community and meet a ton of new and interesting people from all walks of life.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I'm definitely a Little Miss Chatterbox but I can relate to Little Miss Giggles on a spiritual level! I love to talk to new people and share lots of laughs along the way.

Dana Morgan, Program Leader

What are you studying? Speech Pathology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers because I want to step out of my comfort zone and be able to show my passion in helping people.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Definitely Little Miss Late (I feel like the name says it all!)

Allaine Justine Lopez, Program Leader

What are you studying? Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers because I want to step out of my comfort zone and be able to to show my passion in helping people.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I honestly do not know nor familiar with any of the characters but I think Miss Sunshine best describes me. I am a person who always looks on the bright side and believes that positivity not only brings people luck but also drives people’s passion to keep going.

Kate Rolland, Program Leader

What are you studying? PR and Marketing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to do something at uni that wasn't just about me, and I thought volunteering was a great way to help others and meet new people at the same time.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Definitely Little Miss Bossy, as much as I hate to admit it. I like to be in charge and in control of a situation.

Isabella Eisbjerg, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Nutrition
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I decided to join Curtin volunteers as I wanted to be more involved with the Curtin community. CV! has presented me with the opportunity to do this, through a range of volunteering activities in which I have met many amazing people who make up the Curtin community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss late best describes me as I seem to always be running late for my 8am lectures!


Rohann Pillay, Program Leader

What are you studying? Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To become more involved and give back to communities. To meet new people and develop relationships.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I probably reflect a lot of the character's traits but if I were to pick a few: Mr Daydream- because there's nothing better than escaping reality and creating a world through your own imagination, Mr Worry because sometimes I worry too much about things...Mr Adventure because I travel a lot and love to do so and so on...

Adil Gran, Program Leader

What are you studying? Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I want to gain valuable skills not taught in class, meet new people, and make a positive impact in the community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr. Silly, because I can be silly at times... well... I'm silly all the time.


Natalia Rocha Pinto Bengaly, Program Leader

What are you studying? Masters in Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Because I am passionate about volunteering and I want to make a difference in the community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Sunshine


Grace Jaravani, Program Leader

What are you studying? Masters of Science (Geology)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I've recently moved to Perth, and I joined CV because it provides me with the opportunity to be involved in the community and make a difference, while also meeting new people.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr adventure - I love to travel and explore new things and places!


Norma Bertram, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Taxation)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To give something back to the community. It has always been in my nature to help others and I enjoy being able to use the skills I have to make other people happy or make their life a bit easier. Helping out at Homeless Connect for the last 6-7 years gave me a lot of personal satisfaction. I wanted to do something more often as that is only once a year. I was also on my work social club committee for many years and I miss that connection to others.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I would have to say Little Miss Hug. I'm a naturally affectionate person and try to always be thoughtful. I hug my family and friends (the ones that like to be hugged) and am always ready to hug someone if they are having a bad day or sharing good news. Any time is a good time for a hug!


Senaida D’Souza, Project Leader

What are you studying? Psychology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Give back to the local community in any way that I can.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Sunshine.


Lily Winer, Program Leader

What are you studying? BA/BCom Anthropology and Sociology/ Marketing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! to meet people and give back to the community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I would like to think I am Little Miss Magic in the classroom getting the kids in homework help to magically do their work. Chances are I am closer to Little Miss Bossy but that works too.


Amberly Kilmartin, Project 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…)
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Scatterbrain because I've never got it all quite together.


Mark Rodrigues, Program Leader

What are you studying? Accounting/Finance
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To get involved and make a lasting contribution to the greater community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Busy: I believe time is precious commodity and I have to make the best use of it.


Benjamin Burke, Program Leader

What are you studying? Nursing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To better myself and the community
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I would have to say that I am like Mr. Daydream. I say this because I like to daydream a lot. However, the truth would probably suggest that I am more of just an over thinker.


Jason Lai, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and 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!!!!
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? MR. BUSY best describes me because I would rather keep myself busy than getting bored!


Sarah Coliat, Program Leader

What are you studying? Chemical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Volunteering is my addiction. I just love it. Ever since I started volunteering, I just got really immersed in it to the point that I always make sure to be involved in at least one activity every semester. The same reason why I joined CV! and I'm glad I did because I enjoyed the experience so much.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I'd say Little Miss Shy. *smiles shyly while slowly hiding*


Laura Lee Shee We, Program Leader

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.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Curious. When something gets my attention, I will continuously ask questions to find out more.


Anesuishe Mtabeni, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers! to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to achieve this by making a positive influence in the community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Tidy because I don't like mess.


Yangchen Tshogyal, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers because volunteering is my passion. I feel that it is the perfect platform for me to not only be able to help and contribute to the community, but also meet new people and learn new things from the experience.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I would definitely be Little Miss Curious because I love learning new things. I am known to ask a lot of questions if something intrigues me. I am like a sponge; ready to absorb all info thrown my way!


Deepa Davis, Program Leader

What are you studying? Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I care about people, I want to get involved and give something back. Along with that, volunteering helps me to grow as an individual and develop my skills.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Curious


Nirzari Dave, Communications Officer

What are you studying? Engineering and Commerce
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to help the community in a new way, make new friends and learn.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Chatterbox - if you know me, you know that I love to talk.


Deborah Lo, Program Leader

What are you studying? Early Childhood Education
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To engage in positive environments that value an on-going love of learning with our fellow volunteers :)
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Curious - I like the art of questioning people.


Pui Yam, Program Leader

What are you studying? Master of Speech Pathology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? CV provides a wide range of opportunities for us to reach out to the community during the study period.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Miss Giggle describes me best because we both have an optimistic and easily satisfied personality.


Aditi Chaturvedi, Program Leader

What are you studying? Accounting and Law
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV because I found it the best and most effective way to give back to the community during my University studies.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Definitely not Mr tall! I think I would be a mix between Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Hug! I love to give out hugs and I love public speaking and talking to new people (I can honestly go on for hours).