Want to put a name to a face? Coming along for the first time and not sure to who to talk to? Have a look at the QSPACE staff and mentors below.
Rachel is the project officer and co-ordinator of the QSpace and Q+ programs. She has a Diploma in Community Services and also works with CALD Youth within the Expanded Horizons Program. She uses she, her and they, them pronouns. She is passionate about supporting the LGBTIQAP+ community and some of her interests include photography, prop making, gaming, RPGs, cosplay, reading, writing, art appreciation, food adventures and teaching her dogs new tricks.
Jade is an LGBTIQAP+ specialist youth worker at Headspace Southport and assists at QSpace and Q+ sessions. Jade is a passionate knitter, teapot collector and trans person. He uses he him and his pronouns and has a history of working with LGBTIQAP+ youth in Brisbane and Logan. Jade is involved in many community organisations and trans groups in Brisbane. He is a qualified high school teacher who has worked in disability services and advocates for marginalised communities.
Chiara (she/her/hers pronouns) is a group facilitator at QSpace. Befpre coming on board in September, she had been volunteering at QSpace since 2015, after she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies. She is very passionate and dedicated to working with and supporting the young people at QSpace and Q+. Some of her other passions include reading, writing, and social justice advocacy.
Damian is a volunteer for QSpace and occasionally Q+. Damian uses he, him, and his pronouns. He is a current psychology student at Griffith University and aspires to make it into post graduate study. Damian was originally an intern with the EHP, but enjoyed it so much he continued his volunteering. He is passionate about supporting LGBTIQAP+ youth, and is interested in things such as outdoor adventuring, riding, skating, photography, music, psychology, and video games.
Melissa (she/her) has been volunteering at QSpace since early 2017. She is currently studying her Ph.D. in criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Brisbane, which has helped solidify her passion for research into LGBTIQAP+ violence prevention. Outside of uni, Mel trains Brazillian jiu jitsu and plays the keyboard (badly). She also enjoys gardening, makeup, lifting weights, music (indie / Alternative rock), playing video-games (*cough* overwatch), doing crafts, writing, and sitting inside with her three cats on rainy days.
Glen coordinates the Expanded Horizons Program and is passionate about supporting the LGBTIQAP+ community. He has a background in psychology and adventure based learning as well a Masters in Suicidology. He has been working with youth for 15 years across a variety of programs and gets a buzz out of seeing young people making the most of their opportunities. When Glen’s not working you’ll find him kayaking down a river.