Our People

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Antonia Camilleri
Antonia Camilleri
President
Antonia Camilleri

In 1956 my family decided to migrate to Australia from Malta. We always spoke Maltese at home and this always reminded us of our native language.
I also speak fluent Italian and of course English.
I love my arts a play piano as a hobby.
My profession was in Fashion design, management and marketing and sales.
I officially retired from the workforce in 2007.
In 2002, I was introduced to the Maltese Community Council in Parkville, when I join the Newport Senior Association.
My involvement in activities inspired me to continue working in the area of the Maltese Culture and Language.
In 2012, I was asked to join the MCCV by the President and was allocated the position of assistant Secretary.
As I got more involved, I worked closely with the President. We visited Nursing Homes in the Northern and Western Suburbs on a regular basis sometimes 3 homes a week. These seniors welcomed our visit and often delivered drinks and food which included Pastizzi, Maltese pastries, and Kinnie.
The work has always been demanding but always rewarding when you see some smiling face on someone who is on their own most of the time.
I was elected Vice President in 2018 and in 2022 elected President.
I am excited to be working with a great passionate team and together we hope to deliver some exciting programs for the community in the near future.

Tania De Carli
Vice President
Tania De Carli

My parents, Frank and Tessie Sargent were born in Malta and emigrated to Australia in 1951. I grew up attending many Maltese events including festas and dinner dances and I am extremely proud of my Maltese heritage; speaking fluent Maltese and visiting Malta as often as opportunity permits to see family and friends.

My professional background includes local government, not-for-profit and membership organisations. I specialise in governance, risk, communications, stakeholder, and event management. I am currently the Chief of Staff at The Police Association Victoria and was previously the Manager Strategic Communications and Events at the Victorian Multicultural Commission. I have a broad reach network of community groups and organisations and I am also a Community Advisory Committee member on the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and Northern Health.

I am passionate about contributing to the promotion of and meaningful engagement with our Maltese community. I am very excited to have joined the MCCV Executive Committee as Vice President, hoping to ‘give back’ some of that which has been provided with so much dedication and enthusiasm by preceding and existing members.

Andrew Gatt
Andrew Gatt
Secretary
Andrew Gatt

My original connection with the Maltese Community Council of Victoria Incorporated was in 2013 when Victor Borg who was the President at that time asked me to represent the council in the Anti-Gambling campaign which I did and later was asked to join the Council as Secretary for the Executive in 2015.
I have held the position to current date, it is a challenging task ensuring compliance with state and federal governments but also rewarding with providing services to the community.

My connection to the Parkville site goes a long way with my soccer playing days at George Cross in the early 60s when we used to play at Parkville and change in the back shed of the MSSP making it a full circle of life.

Joseph Matina
Joseph Matina
Treasurer
Joseph Matina

In 1956 my family decided to migrate to Australia from Malta. We always spoke Maltese at home and this always reminded us of our native language.
I also speak fluent Italian and of course English.
I love my arts a play piano as a hobby.
My profession was in Fashion design, management and marketing and sales.
I officially retired from the workforce in 2007.
In 2002, I was introduced to the Maltese Community Council in Parkville, when I join the Newport Senior Association.
My involvement in activities inspired me to continue working in the area of the Maltese Culture and Language.
In 2012, I was asked to join the MCCV by the President and was allocated the position of assistant Secretary.

I joined the Maltese Community Council of Victoria Inc. in April 2022. During this time, I was working with the Memorja Project which provided an opportunity to record digitally stories from our community about their past.
My passion has always been about multiculturalism, the arts, Maltese history and preserving our language.

When I joined, the Council did not have a Treasurer and given that my profession is that of an Accountant, I was appointed to the position as Treasurer.
Apart from being a practicing accountant, I also hold a full Real Estate Agent Licence.

I am a registered SELF MANAGED Superannuation Fund auditor and Registered tax agent.

I am a Responsible Manager for an Australian Financial Service Licence and have held various board positions
The role of treasurer is challenging and demanding as it requires regular daily involvement, but it is also rewarding when you are working with a team with common interests.

My passion for the Maltese Culture gave me an opportunity to work with the Executive on various Cultural events and the opportunity to promote the Maltese Culture various medium such as social media, websites and on SBS Radio.

I look forward to work with the executive on some very exciting upcoming projects.

Chris Chetcuti
Chris Chetcuti
Executive Board Member
Chris Chetcuti

Chris joined the Maltese Community Council of Victoria Inc. in April 2022.
Chris was born in Melbourne to Maltese parents who both originate from Mellieha in Malta. Chris is proud of his Maltese heritage and enjoys visiting his extended family in Malta.
Chris is currently the Board Secretary and Senior Governance Manager at the Transport Accident Commission where he provides governance and secretariat services to the TAC Board and its committees.
Chris has commercial legal experience gained at K and L Gates (formerly Middletons Lawyers) and Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) in their commercial property divisions. He also has in-house legal experience gained at Australian Unity Limited within its retirement living and aged care division.
Chris’ legal experience is supplemented by commercial experience in investment consulting gained at Towers Perrin Actuaries and Consultants.
Chris is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Portarlington Community Association, a member of the School Advisory Council at St Bernard’s College in Essendon and a Board member and Secretary of the Geelong Art Gallery Foundation Inc. In the past, Chris was a Board member for the United Housing Co-operative Ltd in Yarraville and a Committee member for Bellarine Bayside in Portarlington.

Rosemary Attard
Rosemary Attard
Welfare Director
Rosemary Attard

I first became involved with the MCCV in 1980 when I joined the Maltese Literature Group Inc., which was founded by the late Prof Joe Abela. I have been a member since and held the positions of President and / or Secretary for the past 30 years.

In 1982 I did a part time course in Multicultural Studies at the Phillip Institute of Technology, now Latrobe University, gaining a diploma at the end of the course.

I became a member of the MCCV in 2002 holding the position of Welfare Director. In the early years the position was more involved with general welfare, helping the Maltese Community with whatever was required to help in the day-to-day requests. In the last few years, I have been more involved in the volunteer visitors’ scheme. This involves visiting mostly the elderly people of our community who live alone and would like someone to visit them on regular basis, spending some time talking to them. Also visit people in residential homes for the aged, where again, spend some time talking to these elderly people of our community who may not get many visits from their family and friends, and they enjoy a visit from a volunteer. I too find it very rewarding and recommend others to make time and take up this worthwhile cause.

Being a member of the Executive Committee of the Maltese Community Council of Victoria, I try and support in the daily running of the Maltese Centre in Parkville, in whatever is required for the good of our community.

Fr Lonnie Borg mssp
Fr. Lonnie Borg mssp
Chaplain
Fr. Lonnie Borg mssp

I am a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul.

The MSSP have been carrying out their ministry in Australia for almost 75 years.

After completing my studies in Malta, I was ordained a priest at St. John’s Co Cathedral Valletta in 1985.

Shortly after I was assigned to Pakistan to join others in the mission there. After finishing my sabbatical studies at the Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines, I was tasked in helping start the MSSP in the Philippines.

In 2015 I joined the Australian Province. I reside in Parkville as Maltese Chaplain.

I represent the Missionary Society of St. Paul on the MCCV executive council.