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Who are we?   
Many people become involved with Sweet Freedom through our various projects - some for a one-off project and others for many.
Those introduced below are some of the basic core personnel of the Sweet Freedom projects:




Steve Dillon

Steve saw community music as an inherently political and ethical enterprise, one that aims to effect social change in the interests of promoting social justice. This belief was strongly embodied in the work he did with Sweet Freedom Inc. 
See SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMUNITY MUSIC& STEVE DILLON in menu on left for comprehensive dedication.


Dr Daniel McDiarmid

Daniel is an experienced fundraising professional.  He is Principal Consultant at AskRIGHT,  a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Daniel chairs the Emmanuel College Foundation at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Irish Heritage Trust Fund. He is an amateur musician, playing piano and bagpipes.


naomiNaomi Sunderland (research and evaluation)

Naomi Sunderland PhD is an independent singer, songwriter, drummer, recording artist, and engineer/producer. She released two albums of her own music through Coffee Bean Records (Red Dirt Road, 2006 and Stitches 2009) and is currently preparing her third album through her home studio Electric Monk Studios in Brisbane. Naomi joined Sweet Freedom in February 2012 to assist with the organisation’s business and organisational development plans. She had such a great time she decided to stay on as a volunteer on organisational development, research evaluation methods, and communications. Naomi is co-appointed to the Queensland Conservatorium and Health Group at Griffith University and pursues research and community projects around the topics of arts, health, happiness and wellbeing. Naomi has a broad range of experience in community based research and funding development in Australia and Canada.


Kiley Gaffney-Sweet Freedom Advocate

Kiley Gaffney is a composer, musician, performer and academic. Kiley released two albums, Bitter Fluff and Sweet Meat, through Warner Music during the 1990s and 2000s, while also composing for film and tv and touring internationally.

She remains active in the local, national and international music community. Now lecturing in Music and Sound at QUT, Kiley recently completed her doctoral thesis, Cosmopolitan Tendencies in Recent Intersubjective Art.  Kiley draws on both her critical training and creative experience in her teaching and research.


Brian Procopis (Chair):

Brian is the Chair of Sweet Freedom Inc. and Coordinator of Community Development Programs for UnitingCare Community (formerly known as Lifeline). Brian is a skilled community development and community music practitioner and facilitator. He has also had his own international success as a musician and songwriter. Brian brings a wealth of experience to Sweet Freedom along with an eye for opportunity and connecting with like minded individuals who donate their time and passion to Sweet Freedom’s work.


Simon Monsour (Producer):

Over the last two decades, Simon has been an integral part of many successful musical, film, and theatrical productions. He has worked as an actor and musical director for a variety of educational shows, and has composed and performed soundtracks for many short films and videos including Education Queensland promotional and instructional films. As a producer he has made recordings with artists such as Getano Bann, The Goodbye Notes, Vix and the Slick Chicks (which won Best Blues Album, 2000 in QLD), Pop Properly, The Hipshooters, Mark Shortis, The Combined Unions Choir, Ricky Chaplin, Phil Monsour and Jumping Fences. With Brian Procopis he produced and co-wrote the award winning album, Scattered People (Best Producer Award, QLD Recording Association 2001), and Aim High featuring the hit song “From Little Things Big Things Grow” (performed by the Zillmere State School and community) for which he also produced the music video clip (Best Music Video 2003 Q.R.A.).



Yani (choir director and community music facilitator):
Yani currently directs two community choirs, ‘ROAR’ and ‘Tongues of Fire’ (and combines choirs in performances as The Roaring Fire) as well as conducting workshops and training students through her TRIumph Vocal Coaching classes.  She also performs regularly as a vocal soloist in various bands including The Moveable Feast and Silver Fox Band. Please access Yani’s website for a comprehensive expose of Yani’s involvements and contributions to the Australian Music Industry.


Robert James - Musician / Songwriter

Robert was in the legendary band GANGgajang in 1985 when they released their debut album which is now regarded as one of the all time classic Australian albums and featuring the iconic single Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia). Robbie produced and co-wrote their latest album Oceans And Deserts

Over the intervening period he has worked with other Australian Legends such as Yothu Yindi and Wendy Mathews. He has also written a great number of classical pieces, most as commissions included arrangements for string quartets and full orchestras and everything in between.

Robbie has also for the last few years given his time, energy and support to The Scattered People playing  music with and writing for this important Sweet Freedom Project.


Aleathea 'Leathy' Monsour - Musician / Songwriter

Aleathea has been part of the Brisbane theatrical and musical scene for eighteen years in the capacity of musician, singer, actor and composer. She has composed several Australian musicals, including "Lottie", "Volition" and "Cooper and King", and is currently working on her next project.

She has been connected to the Scattered People project for many years, and hopes to remain so for a long time to come!


Mike Meade – The Transformers manager /web designer

Mike has been managing Reclink’s Brisbane choir since 2011. With a background in music, television and songwriting and also some time working as a support in disability services, The Transformers was a natural fit for Mike.

Mike has become involved with Sweet Freedom through The Transformers, some peripheral involvement with The Scattered People and now putting together the Sweet Freedom and Transformers websites.



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