Fiona Kalaf has announced her resignation as chief executive officer of Youth Focus after more than two and a half years at the helm.
Youth Focus Board Chairman David Gray said Ms Kalaf would leave Youth Focus in a strong position as the charity transitions to meet increasing demand.
“Fiona joined Youth Focus more than two years ago and during that time has laid the foundation for a future with strong partnerships and quality service delivery,” Mr Gray said.
“In that time we have seen the roll-out of some progressive initiatives, including face-to-face web counselling, which now enables young people living in regional and remote areas to access to vital support.
“I would like to thank Fiona for her tireless work leading Youth Focus and, most importantly, her commitment to youth mental health and suicide prevention in WA.”
Mr Gray said Ms Kalaf would also relinquish her position as a director on the Youth Focus Board, when she leaves in October.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians, with statistics showing 54 young people aged between 15 and 24 took their own lives in Western Australia last year. For every suicide, another 20 people attempt to take their own lives.
Last financial year, Youth Focus provided assistance to almost 10,000 young people aged between 12 and 25 and the greater community through its free counselling sessions and education in schools.
“Youth Focus provides critical services to young Western Australians through the dedication and commitment of an outstanding team of people,” Mr Gray said.
“Sadly, demand for services is increasing.
“Next year, Youth Focus will celebrate 25 years of supporting young people in WA. As we look towards this achievement, Youth Focus will soon start a national recruitment process for a new chief executive. I am confident we will attract a wide array of applicants for this important position.”
Candidates interested in finding out more about the position should contact Gerard Daniels Australia on 08 9322 0888.
Nicole Cox – 0419 941 443, firstname.lastname@example.org