about us


Our Vision

To provide an opportunity for every young person to feel a sense of belonging

Our Mission

To train and support community members as they mentor young people

To partner with schools and the community in providing resource

To ensure the safety of children in accordance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards

Our Values

The Standing Tall model of school-based mentoring is based on our:

• Values of integrity, trust, respect and shared responsibility.

• Belief that the benefits of mentoring come from the development of a trusting relationship and all practices of the program are designed to allow this to take place.

• Aim to deliver a program where all participants are valued. 


Who We Are

The Standing Tall in Warrnambool committee consists of 12 passionate members from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing an opportunity for all young people in our community and tirelessly work together and with our community partners to achieve this.


Matty Stewart - Program Coordinator

Matty took on the role of Program Coordinator in early 2015, after being a mentor the previous year. He is involved in several community organisations including Ambassador for the Great South Coast Ice Challenge and the Let’s Talk suicide prevention program. He juggles his community commitments with his pizza shop Town & Country Pizza & Pasta, his Radio Breakfast show which he co-presents with his best mate on Coast FM and his weekend role calling the local football on 882 3YB. Matty is supported by his wife and their three children.

Ross Morey - President

Ross has been Chair of Standing Tall in Warrnambool since its incorporation in 2011. He has a breadth of management experience across a diverse range of industry sectors. Ross has a passion for helping youth and giving them the self-belief to achieve their goals.

Ross is a Member of the Australian Marketing Institute, has a Cert IV Training & Assessment and his MBA. Married to Kerri, a teacher at Brauer College, Ross gets to hear all about how the kids are travelling and the differences STiW makes. 


Tania Ross - Secretary

Tania is the Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Warrnambool Special Development School, she holds an education in Psychology having completed her Bachelor Degree in 2015. She is very committed to social justice and supporting vulnerable members of the community. Tania and her husband Aaron spent a number of years traveling and living overseas, this experience provided invaluable life lessons, which they now impart and share with their three boys.


Lucas Wilson

Born and bred in Warrnambool, Lucas is a director at Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate and a father of two children with his wife Kris.  Lucas is passionate about our local community, mental health and well-being, and giving our kids the support they need to thrive and enjoy life’s opportunities.  After finding out about the program in 2017 Lucas keenly became a new mentor in 2018 and eagerly accepted the opportunity to join the current committee. In 2018 Lucas raised over $2,300 in donations from many generous supporters for STiW running the Great Ocean Road Marathon.

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Emma McDonald

Emma is new to the COM in 2018 after commencing in a mentor role in 2017. She has a Bachelor and Master of Education and has worked in the Education field for over 15 years both in Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Emma has a strong passion for youth engagement and well-being and is currently employed at South West TAFE as the Senior Educator of VCAL and Youth Programs. Emma and her husband David have 3 young children and through both of their work roles, have witnessed the significance that support and mentoring can bring to a young person in crisis. She looks forward to continuing this important work through Standing Tall.

Matthew Burgess - Vice President

Matthew is born and bred in Warrnambool and is currently Dealer Principal of Warrnambool Toyota. He is married with two young girls and has a passion for ensuring our youth have every opportunity to succeed as they are the future of our great city. Matthew loves fishing and AFL football he follows Essendon and North Warrnambool Eagles locally. He is a passionate and committed mentor at Warrnambool College.


Jane Boyle


Mike Toone

Married to Jenny with 6 children. Lived in Warrnambool for past two years. Retired in 2010 after 50 years in the workforce - 40 of those in media as a Sales Manager and General Manager of radio stations in Mildura, Horsham, Albury, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast.

Mike has coached under age football (under 14s, 16s and 18s) for many years. He is a member of Warrnambool East Rotary. Mike is a mentor for Standing Tall as well as Committee member.


Adam Taylor - Treasurer

Adam Taylor is currently the Finance Manager at Corangamite Shire Council and has worked in finance for 15 years. Whilst completing the Leadership Great South Coast program in 2015, Adam worked in a small team to produce a prospectus for fundraising on behalf of Standing Tall. After seeing the great work completed by the program, he was offered a position on the Committee and happily accepted. Adam is married to Jenna and they have a daughter and Son.


Nicole Rock


Pip Norton

Pip has been a mentor with Standing Tall for 2 years, and recently joined the committee.  Pip has enjoyed witnessing the positive difference mentors can make in a young persons’ life, and would like to make sure that all youth have the support and encouragement to meet their full potential and become confident young adults. 

Pip has been a midwife for over 20 years, working casually at South West Health Care. 

Pip moved to Warrnambool 10 years ago with her husband Marcus and 3 kids.