Robert Fitzgerald is the Chief Inspector of the Blacktown Local Area Command and is a proud and active member of western Sydney, having lived in the region for the past 40 years and worked across Sydney’s police stations for over 30 years. His current portfolios include mental health, Aboriginal issues and multicultural community engagement. Robert is also the 2016 Blacktown Citizen of the Year for his exceptional contribution to the community.
Raquel Ricafort-Bleza is a dynamic partnership broker, program coordinator and project manager with non-government, not-for-profit and government sector experience. Raquel boasts 25 years’ experience in the community sector and is passionate about strengthening community service access, establishing stakeholder support and engagement and developing strategic social plans to help disadvantaged groups including people from CALD backgrounds.
Dr Moninderjit Singh
Dr Moninder Singh has over 27 years’ experience in the public, private and social sectors with expertise in management, teaching and training as well as research and analysis. He has Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from India, has served as an Associate Professor and has also established the Australian Academy of Management and Science. Dr Singh is the Chair of the Punjabi Council of Australia and is actively involved in various community groups across western Sydney.
Bridget Sarris has worked in the NSW public education sector for 40 years and is currently the Relieving Principal at Evans High School, a comprehensive secondary school in Blacktown. Bridget is a passionate supporter of the educational, health and settlement needs of newly-arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and their families and has been involved in a number of joint programs designed to enhance the lives of new arrivals.
Vish is an electronics engineer who moved to Australia from India in 1989 as a skilled migrant. As a local community leader, Vish has served on many community organisations, including Federation of Australian Indian Associations, SRI OM Foundation for Indian Seniors, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sydney Tamil Manra and Hindu Council of Australia. Vish has actively contributed to trade development and community charity initiatives between Australia and India.
Tamara works as a Communications consultant and has been working in the media and marketing industry for the past 18 years. Over the past 15 years Tamara has mainly worked for NGO’s whose mandate has been to improve the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tamara is passionate about women’s rights and giving a voice to the voiceless.
Karin is an award-winning researcher and lecturer in Culture and Society with Western Sydney University. She has a background in education and has worked extensively in community arts settings with a range of youth and community organisations. Karin's expertise lies in her ability to bring together diverse groups and genres to explore visual, musical and multi-arts practices for community cohesion, empowerment and expression in marginalised groups.