Working to build a thriving future for Vinnies

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Working to build a thriving future for Vinnies

Ensuring a thriving future for the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Tasmania is a key motivator for the organisation’s new chief executive, Lara Alexander.

Mrs Alexander took up the position in July 2018 and is passionate about engaging volunteers and continuing the good works that assist the disadvantaged in the community.
In her first five months in the role, Mrs Alexander, who is based at the state headquarters in Launceston, had travelled nearly 6,000 km meeting conference members and key stakeholders. Mrs Alexander took over from acting CEO Stuart Main.

“The role is stimulating and challenging,” she said from her office at Invermay.

“I am looking forward to taking St Vincent de Paul on the next stage in its journey, developing social programs and youth outreach and youth engagement. I am working to bring together all the stakeholders, internal and external, and also to expand our reach in the community.

“Vinnies is part of the fabric of Tasmania, with 1,100 volunteers who participate in the social activities and interact with people in need,” Mrs Alexander said.
“It has been looking out for and looking after the disadvantaged, and people who require a little extra help to get them through their day, for long time.

“There is a very strong Catholic participation and involvement in Vinnies, and it is within that Christian spirit that St Vincent de Paul is conducting its activities. When people are in need of help, they turn to that real giving spirit that comes from the Catholic faith.

“For people with mental health issues, or who feel disconnected from society or are struggling financially or with loneliness, the need for Vinnies to continue to expand is greater than ever.

“It is not only the material help that our Vincentians provide that is important, it is also the spiritual help and attention that they give back to the community. ”

Romanian-born Mrs Alexander, 51, is an accountant and has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years. She has worked for St John Ambulance, Save the Children and the Cancer Council. She was Presbyterian Care Tasmania’s general manager for eight years before taking up her role with Vinnies.

Mrs Alexander is the president-elect of the Rotary Club of South Launceston and is also the chair of the NSW-based Immune Deficiencies Foundation Australia and a board director with the Canberra-based advocacy group, Consumers Health Forum of Australia. In her spare time Mrs Alexander is writing a book about Romania, and enjoys walks and home renovation projects with husband Jason.

Image: Challenging and stimulating role: The new chief executive of Vinnies in Tasmania, Lara Alexander, of Launceston.