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Dogs to launch Daughters of the West

Daughters of the West - an adaptation of the already standing Sons of the West program, was announced on Thursday night.

5:59pm  Jun 16, 2017

Leadership Project Diary: Week 4 wrap

Brandon Rogers writes about his experience with the Western Bulldogs Leadership Program.

4:51pm  May 31, 2017

JJ, Majak Showdown at Barker's Café

AFL Multicultural ambassadors cook-off in support of the Scanlon Foundation's 'Taste of Harmony' week.

3:40pm  Mar 19, 2017

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Board

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation is managed by a board of directors. We are proud to have the following members on the Foundation’s Board:

  • Gaye Hamilton – Chairperson, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
  • Peter Gordon – President, Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Peter Welsh – Past Player, Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Paul Henderson – Prominent Lawyer
  • Maree Hallebone - General Manager Project Office, Risk and Compliance, Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Garry Thomas -
  • Del Irani - Broadcaster
  • John Williams -
  • James Williamson -
  • Gary Kent – CEO, Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Adrian Fitzpatrick – Former Partner and Executive Director at Pitcher Partners Corporate Pty Ltd.
  • Jenny Taing - Financial services lawyer


Chairperson - Gaye Hamilton

Gaye Hamilton started her professional career with 18 years of secondary science, maths and biology teaching in the Victorian State Schools system, reaching the Principal class prior to resigning and changing careers in 1989.

Mrs Hamilton then was Assistant Director at Melbourne Zoo and then Director of Werribee’s Open Range Zoo before moving to Scienceworks as Director in 1996. In 2002, Mrs Hamilton became Director of Museum Operations with Museum Victoria, responsible for Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building, the position that she retired from at the end of 2004.

She now undertakes a range of contract and consultancy work and is also a Director of each of:

  • - Victorian Government’s State Sports Centres Trust
  • - Western Chances
    - Victoria University Council

General Manager - Kashif Bouns

Kashif has over ten years of experience in, management, marketing and community development in the not for profit, corporate and sports industries.  He played an instrumental strategic role in managing the expansion of AFL’s multicultural programs nationally winning the Virgin Australia Sports Leadership Award at the 2015 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards.

Currently the General Manager of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, Kashif has received a number of awards for his work in community development, including most recently the International Alumnus of the Year at the 2016 Victorian International Education Awards. He represented Australian Youth in Indonesia through the Exchange program run by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (DFAT) - 2014 and in Malaysia through the Exchange Program, run by the Australia-Malaysia Institute (DFAT) – 2013.

Kashif volunteers his time for a number of community causes in sport and social cohesion sector including ministerial advisory committee on multicultural affairs. He is also the Founder of Shaheens Sporting and Social Club which seeks to engage multicultural youth using sports and other social activities as vehicles of social inclusion and cohesion.

Kashif has a Masters in Business Management (MBA) and is also a sessional lecturer in sports marketing at Federation University and guest lecturer at Victoria University.