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Vivienne Cunningham

Eastern Volunteers

Viv Cunningham -Smith is CEO of Eastern Volunteers, a Volunteer Resource Service and Aged and Disability Service in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Viv is also the Chair of the state wide peak for Volunteer Resource Services and has 30 years experience in delivering services through paid and volunteer workforces in the child and family and primary health sectors.

Prior to her current role Viv was General Manager of Playgroup Australia responsible as the Senior Practitioner for national service delivery and the research and quality portfolios. She was CEO of Playgroup Victoria with over 15,000 members across 80% of postcodes in Victoria. Viv is from NSW and managed the southern part of NSW for Barnardos Australia for 10 years. She specialised in development of the first integrated children’s family services for under 5 year olds using the brain development research to guide service development and practice.

Viv is a social worker by trade and is a specialist outcomes planner using Results Based Accountability methodology. She has worked for over 15 years with not for profits in developing outcomes and measurement to determine how clients/ consumers are better off. She specialises in working with small to medium not for profits on their governance and in her current role does a lot of repair and restore consulting when governance goes wrong in these organisations.


Topic: Governance for not for profits and talk about volunteer Boards and their obligations





Ailsa Page

AP Marketing Works

onsidered by many to be a one-in-a-million strategic marketing consultant, Ailsa’s point of difference is that she specialises in helping small businesses and community organisations find their point of difference, reignite their passion and dramatically improving their bottom line. She doesn’t just promise results. She actually gets them. And that’s why her award winning business AP Marketing Works has being going strong since 1999. Having been in the trenches of marketing for 20+ years, Ailsa has a unique ability to instantly get to the heart of her audience by decoding marketing mumbo-jumbo and delivering easy-to-implement marketing strategies in a way that is both energetic, entertaining and educational. Outgoing Victoria/Tasmania Chapter President of the Professional Speakers Australia, Ailsa’s infectious enthusiasm and unparalleled marketing expertise is the talk of the town throughout government groups, not for profit organisations, established businesses and small business entrepreneurs. • Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and Certified Practising Marketer • Published in Business Victoria Online, MYOB Pulse Online Business Hub, Herald Sun, Business West, Inside Small Business and Smart Company • Former Vice President of the Greater Western Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Counsellor and lecturer at Victoria University • Telstra Business Awards and Telstra Women’s Business Awards judge for 7 years • Specialist judge for the Australian Marketing Institute National Marketing Excellence Awards • Former Marketing Director of award winning Wangaratta Festival of Jazz • 3-time author, accomplished classical piano and gypsy cello player and occasional tap dancer!


Topic: Marekting Mojo - Making more with less


Moira Kelly 


nspired by a video of Mother Theresa, at the age of 7, Moira Kelly bounded in from school and announced to her stunned mother, that one day, she would work with the renowned Nun from Calcutta. And so began, the inspirational vocation and life of an 'ordinary girl from Melbourne', who became an extraordinary humanitarian, Australian and citizen of the world. At only 18, Moira did indeed work with Mother Theresa in Calcutta and this was the start of an exciting 14-year humanitarian venture abroad. It was in response to meeting a horrifically injured boy and his desperate mother in Bosnia during the war, that Moira began her self-funded medical evacuation of children for life saving and life altering operations. By 2001, Moira had already helped 120 children, from her laptop and her amazing tenacity and ability to solicit the support and resources of friends, family, surgeons, hospitals and volunteers. Moira then returned home to establish the Children’s First Foundation at Killmore on land she had been given to help children. Inspired by Moira’s selfless contribution the Rotary Club, friends and family joined forces to build the house, where to date more than 350 Children have been treated for a variety of critical conditions including open heart surgery, bowel reconstruction, plastic surgery, amputations and new prosthetic limbs. In all cases the lives of these children and their families has been transformed. Becoming a Mother herself has been one of the most surprising and rewarding aspects for Moira on her journey. During her travels to Iraq in 1998, she came across two young children in an orphanage with major limb deficiencies and both needing major life changing surgeries.

Under Moira’s loving care and encouragement, both children have overcome incredible disability and multiple surgeries to become accomplished young men. Ahmed is a world record holder and Paralympian swimmer and Emmanuel, who wowed the world with his unforgettable rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” on X-Factor 2011, is establishing a successful international singing/songwriting career. Moira is also the legal guardian of twins Trishna and Krishna, born con-joined at the head in Bangladesh, now famous the world over for not only surviving but thriving after the groundbreaking 38-hour surgery that saved their lives. Following the twins’ surgery, Moira stepped back from many of her previous engagements for two years to provide the twins with intensive care. It was a deeply transformative time that redefined for her what hope really means and as a result, she created the Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation in 2016. The Foundation brings to Australia children from overseas with medical conditions that local doctors are unable to treat. It also works with Australian children and displaced women in need who are referred to Moira for care. Moira is also currently involved in the creation of The Global Gardens of Peace, which her and her band of volunteers are working hard to create as a gift to the people of Gaza to spread the message of peace.

Kim Boswell

The Forever Agenda, Founder

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Kim is a trainer, coach and facilitator who specialises in the frontlines of the not for profit sector; fundraising, community engagement and volunteer programs. She is passionate about bringing out the best in purpose driven people and guiding them to excel in their chosen cause while making a huge positive impact on the world.

Building big capacity and raising millions of dollars across the globe, Kim has worked in leadership roles in more than 25 countries, building powerful, innovative programs that make a difference in the lives of both the communities they serve, and the staff and volunteers who work within them. Kims fundraising career has seen her raise more than 15 million dollars from small donor acquisition, recruit more than 8500 volunteers and train and coach over 750 new and emerging not for profit leaders. Kim is the founder of The Forever Agenda, where she offers services and innovative programs developed to elevate those who work for a better forever.


Topic: Volunteer Recruitment



Bianca Crocker

Small Non-Profits Alliance

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A passionate and enthusiastic fundraiser, Bianca has a mission to make a change for good in the world. As the Founder of the Small Non-Profits Alliance and Managing Director of Fish Community Solutions, Bianca has over 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, specialising in strategy, fundraising and communications. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation.

Bianca was awarded the inaugural FIA’s Young Fundraiser of the Year award and was a finalist in the Global Fundraiser of the Year. She loves sharing her knowledge with those working in the charity sector whenever possible. As such, in recent years she has taken on multiple guest speaking opportunities both in Australia and New Zealand, and has been a tutor for the FIA’s education program since 2012. You can connect with Bianca by following @TheFishChick on Twitter.

Topic: Date your donors - Building lifelong relationships with those who matter


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