Kate Leaney is a fierce campaigner for justice. A dedicated volunteer with Welcome to Australia, Kate is the founder of The Welcome Centre (a drop-in centre service for refugees, people seeking asylum and new arrivals in Adelaide), and Careers Kitchen (an initiative providing pathways to employment for people seeking asylum in Perth). Kate coordinated Welcome to Australia’s annual Walk Together events on a national and local level from 2012 to 2016, and has a strong history of building relationships with organisations across the sector.
Kate is a long-time member and supporter of both the Love Makes A Way and Common Grace movements. She has also volunteered in detention centres, as State Director for Welcome to Australia SA and worked as a support worker with unaccompanied minors in community detention. She currently works for the Uniting Church in WA, and advocates for a nation where all people who call Australia home feel valued and welcome.
In 2018, Kate was awarded Life Membership of Welcome to Australia and in 2014 was named “Young Citizen of the Year” by the Charles Sturt Council, as well as receiving nominations for Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year and Pride of Australia awards.
Prior to her role with Welcome to Australia, Kate worked in corporate sales and event coordination for the Adelaide Football Club and South Australian National Football League (SANFL), and uses skills and knowledge gained from these roles to influence and support her work with the not-for-profit sector.
Kate has strong skills in community development, event management and fundraising (including grant applications and leveraging crowd-funding and social support). She looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge base to better support the work of Baba Mazari Foundation.email@example.com 08 8120 2325