St Merkorious Charity is not just a good idea that was born of necessity. It is a commission by God to reach and help the poor. It is not a challenge that can be fulfilled by one person. Rather, it is a mission of compassion that can only be achieved when each of us puts our hand to the plough so that together we can do God’s work with love in our heart.

Contact Us

Address: Unit 3 6-20 Braidwood Street, Strathfield South NSW 2136


Phone: 02 9799 9954

Mobile: 0478 760 450

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Paula Nicolas


Paula is the founder of St Merkorious Charity. She has a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Marketing and Finance. She worked in the corporate world for many years until she decided to dedicate her life to assist the disadvantaged.

Dorian Sarkissian

Vice President

Dorian is principal lawyer at Infocus Legal, specialising in property law. Previously, he worked at the NSW Commission for Children & Young People and worked on numerous projects to improve the safety, welfare and well-being of young people.

Patrick Chow


Patrick Chow is a Chartered Accountant. He spent 18 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and since 2003 ran Prolink Business Solutions, providing business, accounting and taxation advice to small and medium enterprises.

Amira Fanous

Office Manager

Amira brings to us her extensive experience in administration, customer service, and office management. Previously, Amira was an Office Administrator at Commonwealth Bank Mortgage Innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Kitchen Hand

Our friendly and reliable Kitchen Hand is responsible for the logistics of collecting and storing food supplies. In addition to assisting our Head Chef with meals preparation, Chadi ensures that excellent food hygiene practice is maintained at all times.

Chadi Karam

Prof Fadia Ghossayn

Advisory Member

Prof Fadia held the post of Dean of Dentistry at The Lebanese University and founded a global charity (Auxilia) in 1990, now serving 523 families. In Australia, apart from her extensive charitable works,  Prof Fadia is the President of the ALF at the University of Sydney.

Lara Nicolas

Advisory Member

Upon arriving from Lebanon in 1996, Lara completed her BA at Macquarie University. Currently, Lara works at Paulara Pty Ltd. Apart from St Merkorious, Lara is involved with Exodus, Cocos, and Auxilia. Her other interests include interior design and decor.

Colette Assaf

Advisory Member

Collette has been a Director at Montessori Academy for more than 13 years. Today, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the centres. Colette ensures that excellence in early childhood education remains at the core of Montessori Academy.

Hala Shashati

Advisory Member

Having first supported the poor through a church in Aleppo, Hala (who holds a degree in Business Administration) now assist at nursing homes and organises food for the poor. Hala works with St John’s Social Committee to support the Melkite Church.

Rosa Hanna

Advisory Member

Rosa holds a degree in Nursing & has worked in nursing & childcare for years. She has served the homeless via St. Paul’s Mission and now volunteers at Cocos & Jesus Care Charity where she serves the homeless and reaches out to disadvantaged communities.

Kareen Jabbour

Advisory Member

Kareen left our shores in 1993. She attended the Lebanese American University, majoring in Advertising Design. In 2000, she returned to Sydney. With a strong design background, Kareen launched Studio 802 where she works as a property stylist & interior decorator.

Nelly Mawad

Advisory Member

Nelly holds a Bachelor of Computer Science

Recently, she completed a Diploma in Graphic Design and is currently pursuing her freelancing dream.

Her passion is to make a difference in peoples lives and undertakes fundraising for different worthy causes most importantly breast cancer in addition to teaching Catholic Scripture in the local public school.