The Mirabel Foundation was established in Victoria in 1998. It is the only organisation in Australia specifically addressing the needs of children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use.
Many people have been touched by the vision and passion of Mirabel and have helped to make Mirabel the unique and innovative foundation that it is today.
Jane Rowe, Peter Bucci, Donald Mack, Spencer P. Jones, Suzy Walker, Rebecca Barnard, Simon Northeast, Chris Thompson, Melinda Walker, Jay Jordens, Paul Stewart, Michael Pavlich
Deborah Conway, Shane Jacobson, Jeff McMullen
Dr Patch Adams, Rebecca Barnard, Jimmy Barnes, Raimond Gaita, Rachel Griffiths, Colin Hay, Rob Hirst, Ella Hooper, Jennifer Keyte, Allison Langdon, Robert Mascara, Ben Mendelsohn, Lawrence Mooney, Mikey Robins, Rhys Wakefield, Tim Watson
Board of Management:
Ben Dortimer – Chair
Andrew McTrusty – Treasurer
Mirabel chooses to maintain a small, highly-skilled team of professionals with a diverse range of experience and education. Each team member is self-motivated, takes initiative and is passionate about the rights of children.
Jane Rowe - Founder/CEO
Nicole Patton - Manager Policy and Services
Deb Ambrose - Assistant to CEO
Elizabeth McCrea - Advocacy and Family Support
Natalie Ryan - Youth Support and NSW Coordinator
Karen Lizasoain - NSW Family Support
Ruth Chattey - Family Support Coordinator
Angelina Keskerides - Family Support
Lynne Clarkson - Family Support
Julia Coulthurst - Children's Programs Coordinator
Tara Wallace - Girls Groups and Recreation Programs
Isabella Clarke - Children's Programs
Janine Pezzotti - Mirabel House and Respite
Miranda Purchase - Support Programs
Rob Johnston - Recreation Programs
Daniel Clohesy - Boys Groups
Vaughn McCarthy - Youth Programs Coordinator
Julz Grover - Recreation and Youth Support
Ruth McCrae - Recreation and Youth Support
Alexia Keskerides - Youth and Children's Programs
Cynthia Monty - Program Support
Kaylene McKay - Education Consultant
Jane Shelton - NSW Development Manager
Lena Hamilton - Accounts Manager
Gayle Pettigrew - Resources and Program Support
Kristine Edwards - Administration and Accounts
Stephanie Iles - Reception
Helen Grover, Nick Taubert, Stuart Andary, Jill Fitzgerald, Sophie Lowrie
Mirabel is forever grateful to its many volunteers and their commitment and dedication to Mirabel children...
Mirabel Events: James Rowe - Photographer, Laura Milke Garner - Music, Mirth & Mayhem, Chrissie Vincent Publicity
Artwork & Design: Vince Patton, oid Design
Printing: Braemar Graphic Reproductions
NSW Steering Committee:
Simon Jagot, Patrick Allaway, Peter Curry, Peter David, Gary Gerstle, Nic Halley, Hal Herron, Jamie Irving, Nick Love, Sheridan McLaughlin, Sanjay Prakash, Jane Shelton, Carly Westwood
Suzi Carp, Peter Chiodo, Janet Handbury, Ruth Johnstone, John and Bianca White
HLB Mann Judd
Mirabel is an Australian Children's Charity that was established in Victoria in 1998 and extended into New South Wales in 2003. Mirabel is the vision of Jane Rowe, who identified a vulnerable group of children and took action to make a positive difference in their lives. In her work as a drug and alcohol counsellor, Jane witnessed the devastating effects that drug use has on the children of drug users and the cycle of abuse that repeats itself through generations if action is not taken.
Jane believed that it was possible to bring about positive change to the lives of these children. Through her insight, passion and experience, she has raised awareness of this vulnerable group of children and in December 1998, with the support of countless individuals, Mirabel was launched with a two-night benefit concert in Melbourne.
Since this time, Mirabel has provided vital assistance and support to thousands of children living throughout Victoria and New South Wales.
The Mirabel Fable: The Mirabel fable tells the story of a woman who loved and cared for vulnerable and neglected children. Although her resources were scarce, Mirabel never turned a child away. Today Mirabel lives on through the Mirabel Foundation.
Mirabel is currently supporting over 1500 children and young people, the most profoundly overlooked casualties of substance abuse in our society.
Mirabel’s programs achieve positive results for children and we carefully target and manage our funding to deliver the best outcomes for the most vulnerable children in our community. Mirabel’s effectiveness has been documented in numerous independent evaluations (by Melbourne University, Success Works & Turning Point). The evaluations found that Mirabel excelled in cross-sectoral case management, our intervention stopped the negative cycle of disadvantaged and that for some families, Mirabel’s intervention has been life-changing. In November 2015, Social Ventures Australia completed a Social Return on Investment (SROI) Analysis on Mirabel’s programs. The analysis found that for every $1 invested in Mirabel, $6.60 of social and economic value was created. It also found evidence that Mirabel’s programs contribute to healthier and happier kinship families, help children to reach their full potential and contribute to breaking the destructive cycle of addiction in just one generation.
Mirabel was recognised as an example of best practice by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) in their report, “Drug Use in the Family: Impacts and Implications for Children”. We were also honoured to be chosen as a finalist for Excellence in Prevention at the 2007 National Drug and Alcohol Awards and were awarded the Victorian Children’s Charities Award in the category of Drug and Alcohol.
Mirabel’s CEO, Jane Rowe, is the worthy recipient of the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal, a Human Rights Award, the 2012 Victorian Honour Roll of Women and the 2015 Honour Roll in the Victorian Local Hero Australian of the Year Awards.