Br Rehman Javed - Youth Minister for Pakistan
Rehman is currently a teacher at La Salle High School, Faisalabad. He is always a welcoming personality, has a great love for working with young people and enjoys being in their company. Rehman was a delegate at APLYC in Malaysia in 2014 and became a well-loved figure there. Br Rehman was instrumental in organising the first ever Lasallian Youth Gathering in Pakistan in 2015 and is currently planning the second such event in November 2017.
Dagia Aka- Youth Minister for Papua New Guinea
Dagia is a graduate of Jubilee Catholic Secondary School in Port Moresby, where he was the Vice School Captain in 2015. Dagia is an extraordinarily talented and energetic young man who is passionate about his faith and sharing the Lasallian charism with young people. He is an accomplished public speaker and has also been involved in debating at the National Level winning prestigious awards. However, Dagia is most proud of his attainment of the coveted 'Lasallian Award', presented to one outstanding student at Jubilee Catholic Secondary School each year.
Stefanie Breda - LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, NSW
Stefanie graduated from Holy Spirit College, Lakemba in 2014 as the Religious Leader. She has always been actively involved as a Lasallian Youth Leader by assisting in Spirituality/retreat days, attending WYD in Rio 2013, assisting at Camp La Salle and the Lasallian Balgo summer program in 2015. She is in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Theology.
Elias Bounader-Holy Spirit Catholic College, Lakemba, NSW
Elias is himself a proud graduate of Holy Spirit College from the Class of 2014 and he sees youth ministry as a valuable way of contributing back to his old school. Elias has started his own personal training business and in his spare time, he enjoys photography and writing poetry. This is his first year as a youth minister and he is looking forward to strengthening ties between Holy Spirit College and local parishes around Lakemba.
Nicholas Boscov-Casimir Catholic College, Marrickville, NSW
Nicholas graduated as vice captain of Casimir College in 2014 and he has played a major part in the Young Lasallians over a number of years. including as a volunteer on retreat days at his old school. Nicholas is undertaking a Bachelor of Education degree at the Australian Catholic University and is looking forward to working as a Maths and Economics teacher.
Sebastian Duhau- De La Salle College Ashfield
Sebastian graduated as school captain from St Andrew's Catholic College, Marayong (NSW) in 2014. He is currently studying at the University of Sydney with a double degree in Engineering and Arts. He has had extensive experience in parish-based youth ministry, having been involved since he was in Year 7 and as a leader from Year 10. In 2017, Sebastian has also begun working part-time as part of the youth ministry team in the Provincial Office.
Olivia Moore- O'Connor Catholic College, Armidale, NSW
Olivia graduated from O'Connor Catholic College in 2014 and took a gap year to work as an au pair in Paris and Singapore before returning to Armidale to undertake a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of New England. Olivia is a comitted volunteer who gives up some of her spare time to help foster families in the New England region.
Calia Sandona- St Michael's College, Henley Beach, SA
Calia graduated from St Michael's College in 2012. She took a year off to work before applying and being accepted for Share The Mission in 2014. She was placed at La Salle College, Middle Swan, where she lived in community with two other volunteers, was an older sister to 40 Indigenous boarding house students and published the weekly newsletter. Calia attended the Lasallian Youth Gathering in Rotorua and is undertaking a Bachelor of Social Science degree.
Nadia Loprete- St Michael's College, Henley Beach, SA
Nadia graduated from St Michael's College in 2013 as vice-captain of her college. She has represented her school at the Lasallian Youth Gathering and has been a SALT (South Australian Lasallian Team) Coordinator alongside another alumni of St Michael's. She is currently studying to be a primary school teacher. She is a cheer leading instructor, having coached and mentored many cheer squads to high achievement in various competitions.
Damian Khoury-Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, QLD
Damian was born in South Africa and was Lasallian Captain at his former school, De La Salle Holy Cross College, Johannesburg. After migrating to Australia he kept a strong Lasallian connection. He was in the Lasallian Youth Gathering band as a very talented musician that played in Brisbane in 2014.
Jake Wedesweiler-De La Salle College, Caringbah, NSW
Jake is an outstanding graduate of both De La Salle College, Caringbah and De La Salle College, Cronulla. Jake completed his HSC as the college Vice-captain and was part of the first Lasallian Youth Leader program when he graduated from Caringbah in year 10. He attended the Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar in Collaroy, Sydney and has been a model leader of his school. He has played for St George Juniors and is currently playing American Football.
Holly Johnston- De La Salle College, Cronulla, NSW
Holly is a recent graduate of Our Lady Mercy College, Burraneer and De La Salle College Cronulla. In her time at De La Salle, she was an active Lasallian Youth Leader and was chosen to represent her school community at World Youth day, Rio. She has again been selected as a World Youth Day Ambassador for the upcoming gathering in Poland in 2016. Holly is currently studying a double degree in law and science. She was honoured with receiving the St John Baptist De La Salle award for commitment to school life in 2014.
Patrick Hurst-St James College, East Bentleigh, VIC
Pat was a college captain of St Bede's Mentone in 2014 and in 2015 he completed a year in Balgo Hills as part of the Share the Mission program. While there, he also worked for yourtown as a Youth Liaison running after-school sports programs. He has successfully participated in LYG Brisbane, the inaugural Young Lasallians Conference and the Lasallian Student Leaders Seminar. He has great experience engaging with younger grades through teaching swimming and surf lifesaving.
Joanne Doueihi-De La Salle College Revesby, NSW
Joanne successfully graduated from Holy Spirit College, Lakemba as a vice captain in 2014. She attended the Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar in the same year at Collaroy. She is currently studying a double degree of Commerce and Law at Macquarie University and holds World Youth Day in Rio as a key touchstone in her life. She is a confident public speaker and leader within her own community.
Richard Leilua - Oakhill College, Castle Hill, NSW
Richie is a graduate from De La Salle College, Mangere East (2003). Since graduating, he has remained a man of service through his strong connections in his local church as the chairperson for the South Auckland Catholic Youth Groups. In 2015, he served as a missionary on the National Evangelisation Team (NET), which spreads the gospel around the country. He enjoys and is interested in personal training.
Caleb Bainbridge, St Bede's College, Mentone, VIC
Caleb is a graduate from St Bede's College Mentone in 2013. In 2014 he subsequently served as a Share The Mission volunteer in Balgo Hills. He was then employed as the Lasallian Facilitator at the school in 2015. In this role he has organised Lasallian formation, volunteer trips and mentored the STM volunteers. He himself has been on Volunteer La Salle Indonesia two consecutive years, attended the Lasallian Youth Gathering in Brisbane and the inaugural Young Lasallians Conference in 2015. He is an avid basketballler.
Stephen Beirouti- La Salle College, Middle Swan, WA
Stephen has had a wide and varied range of Lasallian experiences since his time as Vice-Captain of St John's Regional College, Dandenong. Since then he had a year as a Share the Mission Volunteer in Balgo (2013), attended Volunteer La Salle: Cambodia (twice), Lasallian Youth Gatherings in Rotorua and Brisbane, and attended the Asia Pacific Lasallian Youth Congress in 2014. Previously Stephen was the Youth Minister at St James College, East Bentleigh and has been instrumental in their first two immersions to Balgo Hills. In 2016, he commenced his Asprirancy- the first step along the path to becoming a De La Salle Brother.
Joanne Nehme - Project Manager, Lasallian Mission Services
Joanne is a former teacher at Oakhill College, Castle Hill, and LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown. She was instrumental in developing the Lasallian Youth Leader model with Br. Mark McKeon at Oakhill and has also worked in the adult formation area. She brings great enthusiasm and a teaching perspective to the team.
Jordan Bottalico - Assistant Lasallian Youth Ministry Coordinator
Jordan is Lasallian through and through having studied at LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, and was college Vice-Captain in 2011. He went on to be the Youth Minister at De La Salle College, Ashfield, in 2013 and Casimir Catholic College, Marrickville, in 2015. He has been on numerous Lasallian experiences, not least of which have been Camp La Salle and VLS: Balgo. He is a very confident and competent presenter.
Philippe Dulawan - Lasallian Youth Ministry Coordinator
Philippe has been in this role for the past three years, having a background in parish youth ministry, World Vision and is currently a member of the Diocesan Youth Council for the Diocese of Parramatta. He has degrees in Secondary Education and Marketing. He is passionate about the message of Jesus Christ and leadership development.
Amanda Proulx-Assistant Director of Young Lasallians
Youth ministry programs have been greatly enhanced through the appointment of American theologian and campus minister Amanda Proulx as Assistant Director of Formation for Young Lasallians. Amanda has also played a key role in vocations ministry for the School Sisters of Notre Dame and is a former youth minister at St Mark's Parish in Sutton, Maine. Amanda has also completed studies through the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies and has taught Christian Scripture, Lasallian Discipleship and Vocation. She holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and has extensive experience as a campus minister and religious studies teacher at La Salle Academy in the United States.