Our Board Member Friends

This is our amazing team of friends to keep Friend in Me making inclusion a priority!

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Founder & Best Friend!

LOUISE LARKIN

Louise is a loving wife and devoted mother of two girls, Giselle and Florence.

 

Louise’s professional career began in hospitality and events at Crown Melbourne and she has never looked back.

When Louise was on maternity leave with her daughter Giselle she started a mums support group ‘West Assured Mums’ to help mothers on the journey of parenthood through trust, kindness and friendship.

When Louise learnt back in 2016 that children were missing out on going to parties her heart broke and she knew she had to make a change so Friend In Me was born.

Louise loves nothing else than seeing other people smile, especially our children.

Louise is committed to breaking the stigma of any child left behind and feeling lonely.

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Marketing Director

BEN SORENSEN

Ben Sorensen is a Melbourne based personality and familiar voice hosting shows all over Australia. 

 

In the corporate sphere Ben is currently Marketing Director for ZQRACING, and head of marketing for Becker Entertainment, Director of BSE Australia and consults on other projects for various clients.

 

Ben comes to FIM with a wide range of experience and is excited to be part of the team.

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Legal Director

DONNA ABU-ELIS

From 2004, Donna has worked as a lawyer in private practice at one of Australia’s top 10 national law firms and has also worked in-house as General Counsel for some of the major volume builders in Australia.  In 2017, Donna’s son was diagnosed with ASD, so in 2018 Donna founded her own law firm, Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants, to provide a bit more flexibility to care for her three children and at the same time still maintain a professional career.  Donna specialities focus on three main areas of law - building and construction law, general counsel services and Wills & Powers of Attorneys.  Donna has also completed the Foundations of Directorship course (at AICD) and has held positions on various boards and committees.  Donna prides herself in ‘thinking outside the normal restrictions’ to provide compliant solutions tailored to her clients’ needs. Donna has followed the journey of Friend In Me since her son’s diagnosis in 2017 and is excited to be a board member of this amazing not-for-profit organisation.

“We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see.”

— Winnie The Pooh

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