Good Neighbours

Nicole Yade  Founder and Director

Founding Good Neighbour in 2016, Nicole Yade has been working in the community services sector since 1995. The breadth of her experience is unprecedented; her career began working with young Aboriginal people and unaccompanied refugee minors and she now specialises in working across cultures and in trauma, as well as in therapeutic case management, asset-based community development and in innovation and service design. 

Ethnic Communities Council — Principal Partner of Good Neighbour

The Ethnic Communities' Council (ECC) is the peak body for all culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Its main activities are advocacy, education and community development, and as a body who represents all communities, the ECC is the official auspice of Good Neighbour. 

OTEN, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE — Principal Partner of Good Neighbour

Australia’s leading provider of vocational education and other training, TAFE NSW operates as a network of institutes state-wide. Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, along with the support of volunteer TAFE trainers and assessors, has partnered with Good Neighbour to offer the two nationally-accredited units of work required for volunteers to support refugees and asylum seekers in their time of need.

Dr. Ramzi Barnouti — Project Ambassador

Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), in 2014, for his service to the community, Dr. Barnouti has been an active leader of the Iraqi community in Sydney. An Iraqi immigrant himself, arriving in Australia in 2005, he knows only too well the challenges faced by starting a new life in a foreign country. A qualified Urologist who was unable to practise on arrival in Australia due to his immigration status, Dr. Barnouti was the driving force behind the Red Cross Asylum Seeker Program that, in 2006, saw a team of 39 volunteer doctors offer pro bono healthcare services to asylum seekers who did not meet the Government’s benefits criteria. With the ongoing support of Red Cross, this program continues today.