A strong, creative and innovative individual who strives for excellence in everything I do. Having been involved with the community organisation since the mid 90’s I enjoy representing those individuals who feel marginalised especially POC. I also have a strong affinity to the Leather and Kink communities.
Originally from New Zealand, I arrived in Melbourne in 1996 via Sydney the year before. The sights and sounds of our diverse community have always drawn me back to Melbourne when work commitments have required me to be away.
I look forward to representing our community.
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
Cam DouglasVice President
I’ve been to VicBears events over the last 21 years since I was thirty. As a shift worker I’ve managed to volunteer in several smaller roles at events but now I’m excited to contribute in a bigger way to a community that I love. I’m also bringing a wealth of experience in running events and hospitality that I really feel could help.
Committee Member (SEP 2019 – Current)
Adrian 'Zads' ZadowSecretary
Migrated from Western Australia to Victoria in 2015, though I love this city, I’ve never managed to quite find the place I felt I belonged. That is until I joined VicBears. My first interaction with a member of VicBears was at ActiveBear with Mick, who made me feel comfortable and welcome. Ever since then, every interaction and every event I’ve been to with the bear club has made me feel I belong.
I want to give back the skills I have to the community that has welcomed me with big open bear-arms. My background is in IT and in HR. I’m a bit of a hot-head at times, I’m also noisy and a bit of a joker. I’m passionate about what VicBears stands for and each of its members and committee. This club gave me hope and gave me a family to belong to. I want that for everyone.
As Mal Miller says, it isn’t a club, it’s a lifestyle! Please come and say hi to me whenever you see me as I’m always happy to have a talk! For the kinksters out there, ask me about my alter ego.
Mick J CalafioreTreasurer
I have been someone that has watched from the sidelines, and thought now is the time to step up as a committee member along with the amazing guys that share it with me.
I have always found the Bear tribe to be the most down to earth and accepting group where I have felt the most comfortable to be myself. So it was only more than fitting that I try and give back and help the bear community as much as it helped me.
I look forward to serving you, and please as a member reach out if you need anything. Proud to be on board!
Adam WaltonCommittee Member
My life motto has always been “Can’t stop – won’t stop”, I live a fast-paced life between hosting events such as trivia nights, doing stand up comedy and living a massive social life.
I found the bears about 5 years ago, never really felt like a had a home till I did.
I have spent most of my career in sales or customer service, talking to people is what brings me joy, if you see me out at any of the events or just in general come say hi. Through the virtue of the friends I’ve made in Melbourne I have found a focus for LGBTI rights and Inclusivity.
Having competed in Mr VicBears, and volunteering for VicBears I figured it was time to join the committee and give back to the community that has given me so much.