Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

New leadership in time of change

- By SIMONE KERWIN

TWO local women are at the helm of a reinvigora­ted Centre Against Violence, as the new leaders of the organisati­on.

Jaime Chubb, who will assume the CAV chief executive officer role on October 4, and Dr Corina Modderman, who stepped up to the position of chair in November after six years on the CAV board, say they are looking forward to building on the fantastic work of previous CEO Kerry Burns over 16 years.

Ms Chubb comes to her role after more than seven years as the Rural City of Wangaratta’s director community wellbeing, bringing with her a psychology, youth work and community services background, while Dr Modderman has experience working in the field of child protection and family violence in the Netherland­s and UK, as well as Australia.

Wangaratta-based CAV was formerly known as Upper Murray Centre Against Sexual Assault (UMCASA), and was establishe­d in the early 1990s by a group of people from the North East.

Since 1992, the organisati­on has been managed by a community-based board of management, and in 2012 was renamed Centre Against Violence to incorporat­e the diverse programs operating under its auspice in the Ovens Murray region.

CAV receives core funding through the State Government, along with some funding from the Federal Government to support family violence and sexual assault service delivery in rural Victoria.

It provides crisis, short term, medium term and long term counsellin­g; advocacy, informatio­n and support about family violence, sexual assault and harmful sexual behaviours; sexual assault services to victim survivors and children; crisis accommodat­ion, support and recovery services to victim survivors and children experienci­ng family violence; and services to children under 10 with harmful sexual behaviours and young people aged 10 to 14 who have sexually abusive behaviours.

Ms Chubb said she brought to the role experience in advocacy, particular­ly at a government level, and was excited about working with the board, as part of an organisati­on with a strong reputation in the community.

With a new purpose-built base being constructe­d and a presence in Wangaratta’s recently-opened Orange Door network hub, as well as developmen­t of its new strategic plan, she said there was plenty happening for the organisati­on - including challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation.

“When the community is facing a situation like the pandemic, home is not safe for everybody,” she said.

“That will have long-term impacts and the demand for services will increase.”

She said this would bring a renewed focus on the need to recruit staff to the region.

Ms Chubb said while it may be uncomforta­ble for the community to think about issues like family violence and sexual assault, CAV was doing incredible work in this space locally.

“They make a real difference to people’s lives, and do great work in difficult situations,” she said.

“I genuinely feel honoured to have this role, because I think the work they do is amazing.”

Dr Modderman, who leads La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus social work program, is chief investigat­or on research projects that focus on improving health outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and evaluating a mentoring program for First Nations young people in Shepparton.

“With so many changes in the field - The Orange Door, for example, and federal, state and local policy changes - things are constantly shifting, and with Jaime coming on board with the experience she brings, we are looking at focusing on those changes,” she said.

“Jaime is coming with fresh eyes, and will seek to lead CAV through this period; it’s an opportunit­y to reset what we are doing and how we do it, during the pandemic and beyond.”

Dr Modderman said she was focused on strong governance and leadership, and was looking forward to welcoming a number of new board members in coming months, and raising the profile of the organisati­on.

“I think CAV has to be a service people know of,” she said.

“Unfortunat­ely, we know there are high levels of family violence and sexual assault in our region, and CAV is a free service people can access at any time - 24/7.

“We also recently received our rainbow tick, so people in the LGBTIQ+ community can be assured to be welcome and receive LGBTIQ-inclusive quality care.

“There is much more work to be done in this space, including early interventi­on and raising awareness, and there is tremendous leadership at CAV, with a strong commitment to victim/survivors.”

Dr Modderman said people who have experience with governance and leading change were invited to apply for a current CAV board vacancy, to help drive the strategic outcomes for CAV’s future direction, and could contact the organisati­on via email, admin@cav.org.au

For more informatio­n about CAV’s services, phone 5722 2203 or visit the website www.centreagai­nstviolenc­e.org.au

 ??  ?? NEW ROLE: Jaime Chubb will take on the chief executive officer position at the Centre Against Violence on October 4. PHOTO: Kieren Tilly
NEW ROLE: Jaime Chubb will take on the chief executive officer position at the Centre Against Violence on October 4. PHOTO: Kieren Tilly
 ??  ?? PASSIONATE: Dr Corina Modderman, a lecturer and course advisor at Latrobe University’s Shepparton campus, stepped into the role of chair on the Centre Against Violence board in November.
PASSIONATE: Dr Corina Modderman, a lecturer and course advisor at Latrobe University’s Shepparton campus, stepped into the role of chair on the Centre Against Violence board in November.

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