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Meet the CV! team

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

Xavier Hazard, President

What are you studying? Law and Journalism
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? My greatest passion is people. I thought joining CV! would be an excellent way to meet and learn from fantastic people, and contribute to the Curtin (and our human) community. I was totally right.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr. Sneeze because sneezing is the best.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I'd ask Shakespeare why he hasn't been returning my calls.


Norma Bertram, Vice President

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Taxation)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To connect with other students and to give back to the community
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Hug because I'm friendly and caring and like to make people feel better.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? The author Terry Prachett (dec) - I'd ask who his favourite Discworld character was and was Death based on someone he knew.


Aaron Fialho, Program Leader

What are you studying? Electrical and electronics engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Having experience with the education gap in Australia last year I wanted to get more involved.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Cheerful



Aaron Hardie, Program Leader

What are you studying? Double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Finance
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I had always enjoyed volunteering throughout my high school days and wanted to continue. I also had lots of friends who had volunteered and raved about CV!.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I would be Mr Small because I am always the smallest person in the room.



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.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Barack Obama- what keep you motivated all the time and be a good leader.


Anne Nguyen

What are you studying? Accounting and Taxation
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers as an opportunity that showed up for me to help and give back to the community, no matter how small the impact may be.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Contrary to how I may act, I'm definitely Little Miss Shy. I used to be so shy I couldn't even talk to strangers! But remember that quiet people sometimes have the loudest minds!
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Albert Einstein - What is the secret to being a genius?


Ish Caroopanen, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To push my limits, make memorable encounters and add a bit of flavour to an otherwise boring uni-life.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr. Christmas - Simply because I'm born on 25th of December.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Anyone dead: How's the other side?


Caroline Nguyen

What are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce and Arts
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers because I want to improve my leadership skill but also to have fun and give back to the community at the same time.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Shy is what I like to believe myself as, however people do associate me as Little Miss Ditzy.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Jeff Bezos, 'Can I receive 15% of your fortune?'


Elizabeth Hill, Program Leader

What are you studying? Doctor of Philosophy Human Communication Science
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To lead red carpet cinemas.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little miss whoops – I’m extremely clumsy!
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Brian Cox - does he ever experience existential crises?


Elizabeth McAskil, Program Leader

What are you studying? Accounting and Finance
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Love meeting new people and helping out where I can.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Cheerful but a Miss! I love being happy and looking at the positive side of everything.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I would ask my grandad what his favourite memory was from his childhood.


Kate Rolland, Program Leader

What are you studying? PR and Marketing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to contribute something to the wider community during my time at university.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Sleepy; usually busy and usually tired!
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? The judge who presided over the Larry Nassar case, Rosemary Aquilina. I would ask her what made her want to become a judge.

Emily Delks, Program Leader

What are you studying? International Relations
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to become more involved in the Curtin community, and I wanted to "give back" to WA in general. I think that civic engagement is important!
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Curious. I like getting to know people by asking them lots of questions.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I would interview Ira Glass (host of the podcast/radio show This American Life). I'd ask him for career advice. I'm not sure exactly how I would phrase it, but I so admire him for creating such meaningful work.


Rohann Pillay, Program Leader

What are you studying? Petroleum Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers! as I saw it as an opportunity to build on my social skillset, interact with people from all walks of life, and most importantly give back to the community. I'm a proud volunteer at the Clontarf Aboriginal College since 2014 with CV! and have led the program twice in a row. I look forward to taking on the Chats program leader position in 2018 Semester 1, and exposing myself to new people and cultures!
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I know this goes against the rules, but I'd have to say I'm a combination of: Mr Rush, Mr Strong, Mr Happy, Mr Funny, Little 'Miss' Late...ahh I give up... and so on...
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Runescape legend Zezima and how'd he reach max level so quick. In seriousness...There's too many to think of...

Ian Van Biezen, Program Leader

What are you studying? Primary Education degree
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To meet new people gain valuable leadership and Industry experience and make friends and inspire others to join the program.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Messy I can be a little disorganised in planning.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Bette Midler, she is all inspiring with her music and her acting, her story of how she got started is remarkable.


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 Christmas. 1- my name derives from the latin name for Christmas; 2 - I love Christmas, more than my own birthday; 3 - I am always busy, but I am organized.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I would love to interview King Solomon, the wisest and richest man in old history.


Jia Ho Pow, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Commerce (LLB, BCom)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers! because I have a strong passion in volunteering and enjoy giving up my time to help contribute back to the community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Quiet describes me best because I am well-known for being a little bit introvert and quiet, which makes me a good listener so I am always willing to listen to anyone speak.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I would want to interview the President of Curtin Volunteers! and ask him how he got to where he is today.


Julia Morgan, Program Leader

What are you studying? Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I really wanted to push myself and develop my leadership skills. Also being part of the CV! leadership team is a great way to give back to the community!
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Summersault. Mostly because one of my friends bought me a 'Little Miss Summersault' book when I was little. But also she looks like she knows how to have fun (and has a lot of energy).
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? My grandma, I'd love ask her for her secret scone recipe.


Senaida D’Souza, Project Leader

What are you studying? Psychology and human resource management
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined to give back to a range of different causes, events and activities and out of the program I have made new friends, made unforgettable memories and experienced first hand how grateful people are when you give back.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Sunshine best describes me because I enjoy the atmosphere of summertime and everything associated with summer.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Michelle Obama, because I think she has an amazing dedication and commitment to promoting education and the importance of it.


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.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Bob Marley- Where did the music come from?


Mark Rodrigues, Program Leader

What are you studying? Accounting/Finance
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Give back to the community, experience and meet new people.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr.Funny because I like to make people laugh.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Jimi Hendrix, and ask ‘How was woodstock '69?’


Benjamin Burke, Program Leader

What are you studying? Nursing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To build, restore and preserve.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Strong because I can pull doors off their hinges.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Matt Ryan, are leaders born or made?


Jason Lai, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Finance Double Degree
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? To give back to the community, meet new friends, develop my soft skills and it is fun to volunteer.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Good.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Richard Branson and ask, ‘What is your secret to operating your company successfully?’


Sarah Coliat, Program Leader

What are you studying? Chemical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined CV! because I love volunteering, meeting people and forming friendships! I enjoy helping others and at the same time learning new things from them and the whole experience itself.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr Quiet.


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.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? James Corden. Can I come to one of your Carpool Karaoke?


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 Tiny because people seem to think I am a few years younger than my actual age.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Barack Obama, what inspires you in life?


Yangchen Tshogyal, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I am a returning Curtin Volunteers! Leader and last year I had a wonderful experience with the team. I made a lot of friends and was able to play a part in giving back to my community. Volunteering has always been my passion and Curtin Volunteers! has been a platform for me to continue doing what I love.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr. Funny because I like making people smile and laugh.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? The YouTuber/Comedian/Feminist Lilly Singh and ask her about what pushed her to start her 'Girl Love' campaign.


Deepa Davis, Program Leader

What are you studying? Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Curtin Volunteers! provides a great platform to engage with different people, learn new things and give back to the society.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Curious because I usually have too many questions and eager to learn new things.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I would love to interview Michelle Obama and ask her the question, to what extent does the educational system or family background push people to traditional "gender" roles?


Lily Palmer, Project Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I joined Curtin Volunteers! as I believe that university life should extend beyond the academic studies. I wished to do some good in the community and meet like minded individuals.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little miss sunshine. I always try to have a positive attitude and share good vibes.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I think Meryl Streep would be really cool to talk to. As a critically acclaimed and successful actress, I'd ask her what her greatest challenges were and how she overcame them.


Loya Hazarika, Program Leader

What are you studying? Chemical Engineering
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted to meet new people and improve my networking skills. Volunteering makes me happy and CV! is a great way to experience things while doing something for a cause.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? I would say I'm a combination of Little Miss Curious and Little Miss Hug, I'm curious about life in general and love spreading positivity.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Dan Brown- my favourite author. I would love to have a conversation with him about his ideologies and inspirations.


Pui Yam, Program Leader

What are you studying? Master of Speech Pathology
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? It offers valuable opportunities to practically engage with the local community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Mr. Quiet, quiet but helpful, and enjoys backstage duties.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Joe Ma, what is the one thing you would like young adults to keep in mind in their adversity?


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).
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I would interview Nikola Tesla and ask what inspired him to be so generous as to make the patents for all his inventions free for everyone.


Megan Jarvie, Program Leader

What are you studying? Mechanical Engineering and Finance
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Meet new people and get involved in the Curtin community.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? A confusing mix of Little Miss Busy and Mr Daydream.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? My grandfather, and ask him to tell me about his life because I unfortunately never got to meet him.


Morgan Manypeney, Program Leader

What are you studying? Bachelor of Primary Education
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? Give back to the community, have something other than uni to fill my time and practice leadership skills.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Clumsy. I am constantly knocking things over. My proprioreception and balance is poor luckily my reaction time to me knocking things over has improved.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? Emma Watson. What motivates her to pursue her philanthropic endeavours?


Nadialisa Tan Abdullah, Project Leader

What are you studying? Accounting and Law
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? !? I have always been a strong advocate of volunteering. Although I must admit that ever since I completed my undergraduate degree a few years ago, I have not personally been as active in participating in volunteering opportunities as I was previously. Hence, I jumped on the chance to be a part of Curtin Volunteers! when the door opened. And hopefully through this experience, I will continue to play my part in the community even when I graduate.
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Probably Little Miss Whoops. And unfortunately for me, as much as I try to watch where I'm waking, I somehow end up hitting myself against something, may it be the door or tree branches. *shakes head
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? This is a hard one. But if I had the chance, I would ask my late grandma, how did she manage to keep the family together even when it was just her alone most of the time in a foreign land?


Veena Vinod, Program Leader

What are you studying? Economics and Professional Writing
Why did you join Curtin Volunteers!? I wanted do something productive with my free time outside of Uni and make new friends!
Tell us which Mr Men/Little Miss character describes you best and why? Little Miss Hug, because I love giving people hugs!
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would be one question you would ask them? I'd love to ask Jeff Buckley how he found the inspiration for his music.