As founder and CEO of Southside I am inspired and motivated every day by the resilience and courage of the people in the communities we serve — as well as our loyal and dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Southside strives for excellence in everything we do — modelling persistence, resilience and hope. We believe passionately that people and families should not be defined by their past. We believe in change; positive change that lasts.


We have touched thousands of lives in the last twenty years and continue to be creative and innovative, working with communities to find what works. We have ambitious plans but we have our feet on the ground — and are determined to remain practical and realistic about our goals.

I would like to send my sincere thanks to all of our supporters, staff and volunteers, funders, our trustees — and the wonderful people and families who use our services.

Penny McKissock
Chief Executive