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Dr. Lucia Boxelaar
Director of Community Programs

Lucia Boxelaar leads the Brotherhood’s portfolio of community programs which comprises Children’s Programs; Youth Services; Work, Economic Security and Social Inclusion; and Strategic Partnerships. She joined the Brotherhood in November 2018.

Before taking up her role, Lucia was with World Vision for 11 years where, in numerous positions, she led teams that managed, researched and developed programs for World Vision Australia. She also led two global strategic initiatives for World Vision International to promote evidence capture, utilisation and communication.

From 2004 to 2007, Lucia was a research fellow at the Rural Innovation Research Group with the University of Melbourne, where she investigated how rural capacity building programs can improve the resilience of rural Victorian communities that are facing critical issues such as drought and climate change. Lucia started her career with the Country Fire Authority, coordinating the organisation’s community-based risk communication program across Victoria.

Lucia has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in anthropology from Monash University and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Melbourne.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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