Kim Rollason-Nokes is the founder and manager of Ethni. After growing up and studying in New Zealand, Kim moved to Australia in 2012, where she worked across a number of small and large non-profit organisations supporting people living with a disability and people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. In 2017, she took the leap of faith to leave her full-time job to launch Ethni.
Jess is the Brisbane Coordinator for Ethni. Jess is originally from South Africa, but is now making a life for herself here in Australia. A performing artist at heart, Jess loves to share her passion for the creative arts and her culture with children and young people of all ages. Jess also has her own business making beautiful cultural dolls that tell stories of cultures from around the world.
Lucymina grew up in Australia, but has a strong connection to her unique mix of New Zealand Maori and Salvadoran cultural backgrounds. Her passion is hip hop dancing, where she performs and competes at national levels individually and as part of a crew. Lucymina is a Creative Facilitator for Ethni, where she shares her knowledge of NZ Maori Kapa Haka and poi making, as well as, various forms of dance at our creative activities.
Sara left her home of Iran for Australia when she was just 10 years old. After a challenging journey, she arrived with her family in Australia. Sara has gone onto finish high school and is currently studying a Diploma of Nursing. Sara loves working with children and having the chance to share her culture, as well as, her journey to Australia to raise awareness of the challenges refugees and asylum seekers face.
Nas arrived in Australia as refugee from Somalia. She is currently finishing Year 12 and plans to go on to work in community services to make a difference in other peoples lives. Nas is a passionate dancer and loves to share her Somali culture through dance and poetry. She is also a bit arty, so you'll find her delivering our cushion art and henna parties among other art workshops!
Maddy is currently Year 12 at Mabel Park State High School and is now leading the program at the Mabel Park State School. She loves working with children and giving them the opportunity to use creativity as a way to express who they are. Maddy will be going on to tertiary studies next year in the community services sector and is passionate about making positive change in her community.