About Us

We believe a diverse and inclusive multicultural Australia will create a more prosperous and vibrant society for everyone.

Multicultural Futures is a dynamic, charitable organisation that gets results. Founded in 1981, we’ve built decades of experience, working in partnership with government and other service providers to support migrants and refugees as they build a new life in Australia.

Previously known as Fremantle Multicultural Centre, we changed our name to better reflect our societal impact across Western Australia, a continued focus on providing quality support to multicultural communities, and our broader interest of driving systemic change; forging a thriving and vibrant multicultural future for everyone.

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of our nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work.

Our Staff

Alec Uzunovsky

A/CEO & Programs Manager – Inclusion

Alec has over 25 years experience in the community sector in management and senior management roles. In the past 8 years, Alec has managed migrant and refugee services, working at MF developing, collaborative partnerships with government, non-government agencies and consumers in homelessness, settlement and engagement and transition support, (SETS), and cultural responsiveness education and training.

Inclusion Programs

Alec Uzunovsky

Program Manager Inclusion

Yana Thompson

Homeless Accommodation Support worker

Alicia Asic

Supported Transitional Accommodation worker

Victoria Mashonga

Children in Homelessness support worker

Deborah Regel

Settlement Services, Youth Settlement Officer

Teresa Zemek

Employability Skills worker

Erika Von Kaschke

See Me See You Program Lead

Mental Health Programs

Sarah Leary

Senior Mental Health lead

Claire Hetherington

Mental Health Advocate

Roshani Bist

Mental Health Advocate

Tess Seymore

Mental Health Advocate

Camila Massu

CaLD Counsellor

Mark W Davies

Community education facilitator

Accounts/ Administration

Vesna Cvijanovic

Our Board

Dr Helen Grzyb

Ph.D., M. Comm. (HRD), FAICD, FAHRI, FAIM, MCF Chair from June 2022

A strategic thinker with a research doctorate in business and community partnerships, Dr Helen Grzyb is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate, Fellow and award winner, with over 30 years governance experience as a board member of professional, government, business and community organisations.

Roseanne Thomas

retired FCPA, retired FAICD, DBUS (Information Systems)

Board member since 2014, Board secretary from 2024.

Roseanne has many years’ commercial and manufacturing experience in Chief Finance Officer roles with workforces largely made up of people whose first language is not English. Since retirement she has taken on several Board roles in the areas of women’s services and domestic violence.

Kevin Tavener

B. Ec., LLB, M. Com, M. Int. Law, M. Crim.

Board Member since 2023

A lawyer with experience primarily in criminal law, as well as IHL and taxation. Kevin has tutored and lectured in university courses, as well developing training and education programs for prosecutorial and anti-corruption organisations.

Kevin presided over the Mental Health Court (Start) Court and was closely involved in obtaining funding for that court.

Kevin has also worked for the United Nations, based in Sierra Leonne, as a Lead Trial Attorney.

Kamel Elnagar

Board member since 2020

Kamel has over 20  years of professional experience in engineering and technology roles, solving complex business and technical problems across diverse industries including engineering, consultancy, resource management, and not- for-profit.

In 2014, he arrived in Australia from Egypt with his young family on a skilled migrant visa as he holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Kamel is currently a final year student of Master of Business Administration, and he became a trainee board member of Multicultural Futures in 2020, the same year he graduated from the YoungGems entrepreneurship program sponsored by the City of Canning and Multicultural futures. Kamel seeks to add positive value to the board and the wider community through his experiences in entrepreneurship, process improvement, innovation management, and evidence-based decision-making.

Tim Martin

Board Secretary since 2017

Tim is Associate Director, Student Services & Engagement at the University of Western Australia. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Marketing and the Media. Strongly values focussed, he brings expertise in tender and grant preparation, grant reporting and compliance, as well as in mentoring programs, industry partnerships and experiential activities. He has worked with diverse communities, particularly international students, in higher education for 19 years. Previously Tim worked in training, workforce, and social policy research primarily with regional, remote and underrepresented communities, and development of workforce and career guides. Tim has also been a volunteer for other community groups and fundraised particularly for refugees.

Jaideep Singh

Treasurer since Nov 2021

Currently Jaideep works as an investment banker in the energy and resources industry, where he advises and arranges financing for ASX listed companies. After growing up in India he migrated to Australia on a temporary visa in September 2016. Working firstly part time/casual in the retail industry he then completed a Master of Applied Finance (Curtin University) as an international student.

Jaideep brings to the board recent lived experience as a young migrant, and knowledge of corporate strategy, finance, and investment analysis.

Ivy Chen

Board member since 2017

Ivy works in the resources industry, advising national and international companies. She holds the degree of B App Sc Geology, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). She brings to Multicultural Futures her curiosity, knowledge of multicultural services developed over 5 years on the board, governance experience, as well as knowledge of the Australian Corporations Act and of WA and Federal government systems.

After migrating to Australia in her youth, Ivy is well-respected resources adviser and has developed a suite of board roles including Football West, Football Futures Foundation, AusIMM WA volunteer and office bearer for 23 years, and a AusIMM national board member 2019-2021. Additionally, Ivy has volunteered for more than ten years in conservation, sea rescue and her local APEX club.

Our Volunteers

Multicultural Futures values the support and contribution our volunteers bring to our services. Our volunteers are from diverse backgrounds and currently provide support with:

  • IELTS Program – solely delivered and arranged by Brett Moulden
  • inspire me ® – supported by volunteers with lived experience of entering Australia as a migrant/ refugee
  • Citizenship workshops – supported by volunteers with lived experience of entering Australia as a migrant/ refugee


We welcome expressions of interest from anyone with lived experience who may want to contribute to our mission.

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We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of our nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work.

Child Safety Statement

Multicultural Futures have an unwavering commitment to Child Safety. Our foremost priority is to create a secure environment for every child, regardless of their background. Our commitment is reflected in our child focused policies, practices, and training and responding to children and families in a culturally safe and responsive way.
We actively work towards ensuring the well-being of each child, employing stringent protocols to address their unique needs.
At the heart of our mission lies continuous improvement and accountability, as we seek to uphold the highest standards of child safety within our organisation.