Meet our founder

CEO and Board Member

Sally Beard is the Founder of Backpacks 4 VIC Kids Inc. She is passionate about people realising their true potential and living authentically.   

As a strong NFP Leader endorsed by the VIC Premier, and with a strong social conscience, community development/management background and personal experience in Foster Care and Informal Kinship Care, Sally is leading the way for change in the children’s safety sector with insight and business intelligence. Collaboration with like-minded organisations enables Sally to solve the challenges of NFPs with increasing obstacles and rising need for their services.

Sally has been leading the direction and team of Backpacks 4 VIC Kids for eight years, working towards a stronger and brighter future for local children, believing that “You have two hands, one to help yourself and a second to help others.” 

We are a registered
Not For Profit charitable organisation run by volunteers.

We keep our overheads minimal, relying heavily on the time and skills of volunteers.Our purpose is to aid displaced children by providing the essentials needed most urgently, long before any arrangements have been made to further support them.  Often children are placed quickly into foster or kinship care, for example, without much more than what they are wearing at the time. We provide displaced children with a few essential items to help resource them, restoring dignity, self-worth, and to show them someone cares.

In November 2014  Backpacks 4 VIC Kids operated from our Founder’s home until June of 2016, when we moved to a commercial premise in Cranbourne, and more recently to a larger premise in Cranbourne West. We operate solely on donations sought through fundraising, grants and sponsorship. 


Meet our staff

Volunteering for B4VK  is a fulfilling and impactful way to make a positive difference in your community. By donating your time, skills, and resources, you can help provide support, care, and resources to children who have experienced trauma and loss. There are many opportunities to get involved and make a meaningful contribution. Together we can make a difference. 

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With a foundation in administration and client relations, I am on a personal journey to broaden my skill set in a meaningful way. Recently I joined the dynamic team at Backpack 4 Vic Kids because I wanted my efforts and work to impact the community in a positive way.  I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to do this, in the Partnerships and Fundraising Manager role. I enjoy fostering relationships and am dedicated to creating lasting connections.   

Outside work, I love spending time with my young family and friends. Exploring new recipes, documentaries, and days at the beach are some of the ways I like to savor life’s simple pleasures.  

Jenny Huynh is the bookkeeper at Backpacks 4 VIC Kids Inc. She joined the B4VK team as a volunteer in 2018 while studying a Diploma of Accounting and has since gone on to complete her Bachelor of Accounting. She plays a crucial role in ensuring that the charity’s financial resources are effectively managed to support its vision and mission. With a strong background in accounting and a deep commitment to social causes, Jenny brings a blend of skills to her role. Her work ensures that every dollar received by the charity is used optimally, allowing B4VK to maximise its reach.


With an extensive range of administrative experience, my strongest passion is in helping others. I am dedicated to empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential both personally and professionally.

Advocating for and encouraging independence of youth, children and young adults holds a special place in my heart. I believe every young person deserves to experience safety, love and validation.

I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the B4VK team where I hope to use my skills and experience to make a positive impact in our community.



Wayne is an experienced business leader and specializes in Operational excellence. Having spent several decades in the corporate commercial space working in private equity backed companies, he has now joined B4VK and brings his experience to us as we continue our mission to provide support to vulnerable children. 

Wayne has a real passion for working with team members to help them achieve their best and a real attention to detail for providing excellent service to clients and partners. 

You will find Wayne working with our dedicated group of volunteers on the warehouse floor where collectively the team take care of everything needed to deliver a finished backpack. 

Come in and say hi, Wayne is always up for a chat and to learn more about the widespread group of supporters that are so important to B4VK. 

Alisa brings many years’ experience in Business Administration and Management, in the Disability and School sectors, to B4VK. Alisa has also served as a Respite carer and understands the great need in our community. With four adult children of her own, Alisa is committed to working with the B4VK team, providing essential items that give comfort and ease anxiety during a child or young person’s time of need.
Her drive for helping others aligns perfectly with B4VK’s mission. In her role, Alisa is currently focusing on maximising the impact of our Tiny Site Initiative that provides front line workers with 24/7 access to our Backpacks state-wide. She is also building on our School Partnership Program, engaging with school communities to raise awareness and support to help with our life changing mission. Alisa is grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively within the B4VK community.
With a background in operations and management, I have a knack for uniting people and resources to turn ideas into reality. I’m driven by a deep
commitment to advocate for the wellbeing of children, and am thrilled to be part of the Backpacks 4 VIC Kids team. 
My role as Christmas 4 Kids in Care Coordinator is incredibly fulfilling, and I feel very fortunate to be using my skills for a good cause – spreading joy to those who need it most.


Meet our dedicated committee

Shane Stevenson brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his role as President of Backpacks for VIC Kids. With a background in business leadership, Shane has been instrumental in driving strategic initiatives and fostering collaborations that amplify the impact of B4VK’s mission.
His commitment to community service is rooted in a deep-seated belief in the power of giving back and making a tangible difference in the lives of children in need.
Shane’s approachable and compassionate leadership style, combined with his business acumen, has been a valuable asset to the organisation, guiding it towards greater heights in serving displaced children across Victoria.

B.Ec. LL.B.

Stephen joined the Backpacks 4 VIC Kids committee in 2022.
He has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial and property lawyer.

His current focus is on residential and lifestyle developments, golf courses, commercial and industrial parks, hotels and motels, tenders and expressions of interest, retail, and commercial leasing; including advising on joint ventures, owners corporations, off-the-plan subdivisions, water, planning, land tax, capital gains tax, GST and GAIC.

He is a past trust member of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and its predecessor the Necropolis Springvale. During this period, the trust led the organisation from a government utility to a reimagined, customer centric, holistic, community organisation; building on existing capability and developing new offerings and markets. This included strengthening industry and community partnerships; new reflection spaces; fresh food, floristry, and hospitality services; an innovative centre for care and wellbeing; and property development; for the honouring and celebration of life, consistent with needs of Melbourne’s diverse community.
Stephen’s passion is supporting local community organisations. He is the past president of the Mornington Peninsula Lawyers’ Association, the Rotary Club of Seaford-Carrum Downs, and the Frankston Primary School council.

Sharni is a practicing lawyer, with a Bachelor of Law and Accounting from LaTrobe University.

Sharni’s day-to-day legal work involves progressing civil litigation claims on behalf of groups of individuals who may not have the resources or knowledge to make a claim on their own, with a focus on creating greater corporate social responsibility and accountability.

Sharni is motivated by her desire to help people and make a positive difference in their lives, she has a strong belief that all people deserve to be treated fairly and justly no matter their background, social status or financial situation.

Sharni joined the B4VK Committee of Management in 2021.
Prior to joining the Committee of Management, Sharni volunteered at B4VK headquarters for several years assisting with fulfilling programs and fundraising as her personal values have always aligned with B4VK’s charity mission and values and the work they do.

Sharni is motivated by her desire to help people and make a positive difference in their lives, she has a strong belief that all people deserve to be treated fairly and justly no matter their background, social status or financial situation.

Helen Brown is the Treasurer at Backpacks for VIC Kids Inc; she has been with the organisation since 2017 and as Treasurer for 4 of those years. She is dedicated and believes deeply in Backpacks 4 VIC Kid’s purpose.

As Treasurer she is tasked with overseeing the financial administration of the organisation, reviewing procedures and financial reporting, advising the Committee of Management on financial strategy and fundraising outcomes and successes.

Helen has a strong background in Supply Chain Management and Business Process Development, these competencies have assisted the growth, progress, and management of the organisation.

Always willing to take responsibility for tasks at late notice, Ross has been an integral member of B4VK since inception. He is a general committee member and B4VK’s Assets and Maintenance Officer. Ross’ day job is in the commercial air-conditioning industry.


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