About Us

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Vision

The vision of Bully Zero Australia Foundation is: to protect and empower Australians to live a fulfilling life free from all forms of bullying.

 

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Mission

The mission of Bully Zero Australia Foundation is to provide genuine and enduring care for bullying victims and their families. We exist to identify and empower bullying victims, to support and stand side by side with them, their families and friends in taking action and creating permanent positive change.

We are dedicated and committed to raising awareness of bullying and its devastating consequences through schools, workplaces and the broader community. We aim to empower young people and provide them with hands on educational strategies to prevent bullying and work with bullies and their families to help create positive behavioural changes.

We are passionate about establishing a zero-tolerance culture of bullying in Australia and will work tirelessly to ensure that anti-bullying laws are implemented and enforced nationally. We stand united in our quest to create a tomorrow where our children and adolescents live fulfilling lives free from all forms of bullying.

Our team of ambassadors & volunteers are extremely dedicated to the foundations mission, working tirelessly to ensure all requests for bullying support and information are met.

To the Halkic, Walker, Erkan, Penpraze, Cleland families and the many more victims and families who have lost loved ones to this epidemic affecting 1 in 5 Australians we acknowledge, remember and thank you for supporting Bully Zero.

We are proud to have some fantastic organisations supporting our fight to one day not be required.

Meet The Board

Tony

Tony Carbone (Acting Chair) – Director/Board Member

“I take a stand against Bullies and invite everyone to join me in eradicating the scourge.”

Tony Carbone is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Nowicki Carbone and hosts the Firm’s PI Show and TVLAW. Having been in practice for almost three decades Tony has broad experience in the law. His particular expertise, passion and interest has always been in personal injury litigation although his breadth of legal and commercial experience is vast. He has practiced in Commercial Litigation, Family, Estates and Succession Law, also Criminal Law.

Tony is an integral part of the legal liaison group that meets quarterly to discuss TAC policy issues. Tony is also a committee member of the Pancare Foundation, which is a charity aimed at raising money for research into liver, pancreas and biliary and stomach cancers, it operates out of the Olivia Newton John Centre at the Austin Hospital. Tony is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Lawyers Alliance and involved in a number of Multicultural Societies.

Narelle

Narelle Sharpe (Treasurer) – Director/Board Member

“As a board member of Bully Zero Australia Foundation I will contribute to the well being of our children and the wider community. Bullying has and continues to touch us all, I was not prepared to stay idle and watch families being destroyed by bullies. I want a safer nation for every generation.”

As twice former Mayor of the City of Moonee Valley Council, Narelle was integral in the formation of a Community Partnership between Bully Zero Australia Foundation and the Moonee Valley City Council.

Narelle believes the partnership helps advocate the Foundations mission and objectives across the Moonee Valley City Council through various activities such as the many Council youth-run events including Step Off and Fling Fest.

Narelle continues to champion anti-bulling messages in her many guest speaking roles emphasising a zero tolerance to bullying in Australia. She tries to balance life as a Councillor, wife and mother of two gorgeous young girls.

Oscar

Oscar Yildiz JP (CEO) – Executive Director 

“It was the finger nails of a mother who pleaded with me to bring her daughter back that sparked me into action. Enough was enough, I felt there was a gap in current structures to create, respond and reduce the impact of bullying on Australians!”

Oscar was born in Melbourne and juggles life as a Moreland City Councillor, Justice of the Peace, CEO, husband and father of 2 young girls. Oscar has twice served as Mayor, won the Australian Small Business Champion Award for training and taught at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions in Australia and overseas. He was one of 9 Mayors elected to serve on the Local Government Ministers Advisory Panel. He was touched by the suicides of young individuals who were bullied, particularly with the passing of Allem Halkic. Oscar developed and forged a relationship with various families including the Halkic family and with their support and that of a dedicated and committed Board, he developed an anti-bullying organisation like no other.

Oscar is a passionate anti-bullying advocate, tirelessly coordinating the team to ensure the Foundations vision, mission and strategic plan are delivered. He is known to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. Oscar works around the clock and is known for his ability to deliver results time and time again.

Adam

Adam Centorrino – Director/Board Member

“Immediate action against bullying must be taken through proper and effective education if we are to create a safer nation for every generation.”

Adam was born and raised in Melbourne, he has exceptional IT skills and has over eight years of experience in managing Centorrino Technologies, an IT company. Adam prioritises the welfare of his employees through recognising that a harmonious and safe workplace is essential for success within his business endeavours.

Adam affirms that bullying is a global issue with its impacts felt within almost all professional and social environments. Adam has the ability to empathise with individuals and continues to contribute consistently to delivering the Foundations vision.

Alan-Yildiz

Alan Yildiz – Director/Board Member

“Bullying affects everyone and I empathised as a father of 3 beautiful children with the many parents that have felt helpless. I joined the Board to empower, inspire and educate Australians about the dangers of bullying.”

Alan began his career as an auditor with KPMG in 1988. After three years with KPMG he joined Boyd Partners in 1991 as a Senior Accountant to expand on his taxation, superannuation and consulting experience. Alan was then appointed partner at the very young age of 31.

In 2002, Alan departed from Boyd Partners and is now the sole Director of Australasia Corporate Services Pty Ltd. His reputation for practical business solutions as well as exceptional general skill level has seen Alan recognised as an invaluable all-rounder in the provision of auditing, taxation, superannuation, due diligence and capital raising work.

Alan is a Charted Accountant, registered tax agent, registered company auditor, practicing accountant and member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Alan believes that the spurt of technology growth and the pace at which our society operates makes it so much easier for our young and vulnerable members of the community to experience bullying.

Ali

Ali Halkic – Director/Board Member

“If only I understood the impact of Social Media. I thought my son was safe in his bedroom. I was wrong and I paid the ultimate price and lost Allem to cyber bullying. Life will never be the same for me, his mother, friends and family.”

Ali’s son, Allem Halkic, was a 17 year old vivacious teenager with a promising future until he tragically fell victim to cyber bullying. Since then, Ali and his wife Dina, have been strenuously working over the past 6 years to educate as many Australians as possible about the dangers and devastating impacts of cyber bullying.

Ali and Dina successfully lobbied the Victorian State Government to introduce barriers on the Westgate Bridge, which have helped prevent suicides since its inception.

Ali, who is well respected by the media and various stakeholders, devotes much of his time to the Foundation and continues with his dedication to assist in anti-bullying education on a national scale. Ali is an inspiration and one of the most unselfish individuals anyone could meet.

Heather

Heather Hawkins – Director/Board Member

“Bullying can often start as a school yard problem; however, if we fail to act swiftly and responsibly, it can evolve into much a larger social concern. Bullying must not be ignored or underestimated, we all have an obligation to respond. ”

As a Teacher and Principal, Heather works closely with parents and students on individual cases of bullying. She strongly believes that bullying is a wider community problem and is not simply an internal issue that is suffered by schools or workplace organisations.

Through her community and organisational work, Heather advocates a zero tolerance approach to bullying, reverberating the message that bullying is not an issue of the playground but rather a significant social issue. She joined the Board to take action against an issue that affects 1 in 5 Australians.

Mike

Michael Jansen – Director/Board Member

“Employers have a responsibility to provide a workplace free from all forms of bullying and intimidation. The Foundation delivers effective workshops and seminars to educate employers and employees about the devastating impact bullying can have in Australian workplaces.”

Michael is the General Manager of Apprenticeships Matter. He is tasked with the duty of ensuring that his Apprentices and Trainees receive the best possible education to improve and develop their skills and knowledge within a professional environment that is safe and free from all forms of bullying.

Michael pledges to be an active board member who can educate employers, employees, Apprentices, Trainees and the wider community on acceptable workplace behaviours and practices. Michael is a dedicated Board member who has exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills.

Michelle

Michelle Murray – Director/Board Member

“As a teacher dealing predominantly with students in junior secondary levels, I witnessed firsthand the impact cyber bullying had on young people. Education is the key to changing the way we deal with bullying and I am proud to be part of a foundation that strives to make a difference.”

Michelle is a qualified secondary school teacher who works in the Community department of the Essendon Football Club. She was involved in the initial conversations with Oscar when the Foundation was being established in 2012. Essendon Football Club were already running an educational program that covered cyber bullying that Michelle had developed, and a partnership with Bully Zero was created.

Michelle believes the impact of bullying on individuals, their family and friends is something that society is becoming more aware of. Michelle would like to see the importance of the Upstander become more widely known along with the positive impact they could have on changing the culture of acceptable behaviour. The most powerful group in any bullying situation are those who witness the act, the bystanders. The only way to stamp out bullying is to get bystanders to become Upstanders by speaking up and helping the victim.

Shane

Shane Gillard – Director/Board Member

“Bullying is a huge issue in today’s society, it starts in the school yard and transfers into the workplace, something that I see in my role far too often. One bullying event is too many, it is unacceptable anti-social behaviour that must be stopped. Only by working together will we put an end to bullying once and for all.”

Shane has spent more than 20 years in management and leadership positions across a range of sectors and specialty areas including engineering, manufacturing, logistics, construction, training, recruitment and labour hire.

As Head of Operations and Emergency Management at WorkSafe Victoria, he has played a key role in the regulation of health and safety laws in Victoria for over a decade. He leads a workforce of more than 100 safety inspectors and maintains strong links with industry experts to help employers and workers get home safely each day. While compliance is a major priority for his inspectorate, Shane is equally passionate about continually raising awareness of the far-reaching consequences of unsafe workplaces and practices – from the commercial and social impacts to personal devastation for individuals and their loved ones – through proactive stakeholder and community education. Shane is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Committee’s

Events, Stage and Audio Chair – Wendy Mason & Deputy Chair – Ron Dorre
Marketing and Media Chair – Jody Tonna & Deputy Chair – Lisa Le
Fundraising and Support Functions Chair – Teresa Camilleri & Deputy Chair – Susan Yildiz
Education, Workplace and Technology Chair – Sue Najjarine