Mirabel's People


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.


Founding Members:

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


Ambassadors 2018:

Dr Patch Adams, Rebecca Barnard, Jimmy Barnes, Raimond Gaita, Colin Hay, Rob Hirst, Ella Hooper, Chris Judd, Allison Langdon, Ben Mendelsohn, Lawrence Mooney, Jane Norris, Lauren Phillips, Mikey Robins, Rhys Wakefield


Board of Management:

Ben Dortimer – Chair

Andrew McTrusty – Treasurer

Judith Pettitt OAM

Sandra Eccles

Richard Rice

Jonathan Isaacs

Teresa Zolnierkiewicz

Lena Hamilton

Jane Rowe OAM


Staff Team:

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 OAM - 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

Tina Anderson - NSW Youth Support

Angelina Keskerides - Family Support Coordinator

Lynne Clarkson - Family Support

Juliette Armstrong - Family Support

Cassie Couper - Family Support

Julia Coulthurst - Children's Programs Coordinator

Susie Kim - Girls Groups and Recreation Programs

Isabella Clarke - Children's Programs

Janine Pezzotti - Mirabel Respite House

Miranda Purchase - Support Programs

Rob Johnston - Recreation Programs

Daniel Clohesy - Boys Groups

Vaughn McCarthy - Youth Programs Coordinator

Julz Grover - Recreation and Youth Support

Troy Rogers - Youth & Children’s Programs

Gemma Considine - Recreation and Youth Support

Blair Struthers - Youth and Children's Programs

Cynthia Monty - Program Support

Kaylene McKay - Education Consultant

Jane Shelton - NSW Development Manager

Lena Hamilton - Accounts Manager

Melissa Mason - Resources and Program Support

Kristine Edwards - Administration and Accounts


Casual Staff:

Sophie Lowrie, Patrick Leask



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, Peter Curry, Peter David, Gary Gerstle, Nic Halley, Hal Herron, Jamie Irving, Nick Love, Sheridan McLaughlin, Jane Shelton, Carly Westwood, John Minto, Tim Lovitt


Advisory Group:

Suzi Carp, Peter Chiodo, Janet Handbury, Ruth Johnstone, John and Bianca White


Sydney Ladies Committee: 
Trudy Devereux, Christina Doherty, Christine Penklis, Carolyn Scott, Jude Wild


Melbourne Ladies Committee:

Sally Crinis, Sarah Gale, Laura McLachlan, Sophie Rice



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Mirabel's Story


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's Achievements


Mirabel is currently supporting over 1,800 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, the 2015 Victorian Local Hero Australian of the Year Award, the 2017 St Michael’s Medallion and the 2019 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).