Family Social Worker
Monique van Zelm Felix
Monique has a Masters in Social Work and has been working with families and their children since she started her career, in various social work roles and across differing areas of practice. Monique has significant experience working with people with disabilities, chronic illness and experiencing mental health issues. Monique has worked exclusively with not-for-profit organisations in Queensland, which has included work in regional and remote communities funded by Queensland Health. Monique has worked across all levels of these organisations, right through from on the ground family support to governance board and managerial positions.
Monique is a married Mum to two beautiful kids, lives in Brisbane and has recently returned from living in Brazil for a few years. She is passionate about her community and loves to be with people.
Monique joined Childhood Cancer Support in 2019 as the Family Social Worker. Monique’s role is to walk alongside all the family members that stay with Childhood Cancer Supportas they are having their treatment and beyond. Monique offers practical, therapeutic and general supports to families, which include counselling, parent, sibling and extended family support, informal opportunities for families to meet each other and assistance to access other supports as required. Monique works with people to identify the best that they can do, on any given day, and in this role assists families to:
- Adjust to their cancer diagnosis
- Manage family and relationship pressures
- Identify and cope with emotions
- Communicate effectively with the treatment team
- Be educated about the process of cancer treatment
Community Fundraising & Events Officer
Pat commenced with Childhood Cancer Support in June 2019 as our Community Fundraising & Events Officer. Pat’s main responsibility is to create and execute a community fundraising strategy aimed to increase revenue whilst expanding the profile of Childhood Cancer Support within the community.
Pat will be looking to recruit, engage and maintain relationships with community fundraisers to ensure they are supported throughout their fundraising activities. As well as being responsible for all aspects of event coordination from the initial inception and scoping, through to delivery, of our signature events.
Pat comes to Childhood Cancer Support with over 18 years’ experience as a community fundraiser previously working with the Leukaemia Foundation for 14 years and the Endeavour Foundation for 4 years. During this time Pat was responsible for the roll out of large scale national fundraising campaigns and events at a local level most notably World’s Greatest Shave which exceeds $17 million in revenue. Pat also led a team of regional fundraising staff assisting them to reach their regional targets.
Pat started her fundraising career in Bundaberg with the Endeavour Foundation. Pat has also been a small business operator before returning to the not for profit sector with the Leukaemia Foundation in Bundaberg, later transferring to Brisbane in 2011.
Pat is excited about sharing her knowledge of the not for profit fundraising with Childhood Cancer Support and would love to speak with anyone interested in supporting this amazing family charity.