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We are a volunteer led organisation. Meet our leadership team.


Ellen Frajman

Volunteer Chair, Director

I have been an active volunteer for most of my life.  In recent years, I have become a "food whisperer", having established the nourish progarm at Temple Beth Israel and taking on the chairmanship of Mazon Australia. During the recent lockdowns I have delivered food parcels for Souper Kitchen and served takeaway meals at Sacred Heart Mission. I also made many loaves of banana bread for the Project Dignity Crisis Relief program. Scrabble is my other passion, with many lockdown hours spent playing it online.

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Joanne Loewy Irons


I am a non-practising lawyer by choice, volunteer by design. I volunteer for a number of not-for-profit organisations with my strength being in governance and interest being in engaging with others and encouraging all to give of their time in a meaningful way to build stronger and kinder communities. I am the proud parent of four King David School students - two current and two alumnae.

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Pauline Shilkin


I was born in Perth, lived in Sydney for 20 years and moved to Melbourne 8 years ago.

I am a Social Worker with a background in community development, community education and engagement as well as direct service delivery. I have had leadership positions on the boards of different community organisations and was actively involved in the school communities of both Mt Sinai College and Moriah College. Since moving to Melbourne I have volunteered with NCJWVIC Caring Mums, Access and of course Mazon. I have always valued the opportunity to be involved in community organisations that allow me to give back but also enrich and nourish me. Mazon is a perfect fit. 

I am passionate about food and cooking for people.  I am fascinated by life at both the beginning and end stages. And I am the proud mother of my own two children plus my three bonus ones, two adorable grandsons and identical twin granddaughters.

Fernanda Filarent

Treasurer, Director

I am a Jewish immigrant originally from Argentina. I exercise my professional Business and IT skills, with a unique Argentinian Yiddishe Momme twist. Volunteering is my second nature, and with very scarce time as a mother, wife, dog lover, interior designer, year level coordinator and, of course, my daily work in the corporate and non- profits sectors, I have always found time to make the world a bit better.

I know I can support the real heroes in the pantries and kitchens, by lifting the administration and operational challenges the organisation has.

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