New Team Members at Caring Families Aotearoa
In the last five months we have welcomed five new people to the Caring Families Aotearoa Team.
Di joined us in August 2020. Di has a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE and was an Early Childhood Educator for over ten years. She also has been in Office Administration in a variety of workplaces in Wellington and Lower Hutt.
Di leads our administration team supporting our National Office and our Regional Teams to be able to function efficiently. Our administration team of three now provides essential support for membership services, training administration, regional coordinator support, and our valued support group volunteers, as well as our national team.
“I am really enjoying working at Caring Families Aotearoa. The team here is an amazing family. Joining an organisation that provides such great support to carers across Aotearoa has been very rewarding. I have been a respite carer in the past so have an affinity to support our tamariki and rangitahi to thrive in safe and nurturing homes”
Dagmar has been with Caring Families Aotearoa since August 2020. She has a Master’s in Tourism Management and worked in international development supporting volunteers and communities in the Pacific. She has a life-long desire to help achieve equity for all and is committed to making a difference in people’s lives.
Dagmar is part of the administration team and works closely with the Regional Coordinators. She plans and coordinates courses for caregivers under the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP).
“I feel privileged to be part of a team whose mission is to support caregivers and equip them with the tools to provide tamariki and rangatahi with safe and nurturing homes.”
Critical Support Coordinator / IT Support
Joel joined the Caring Families Aotearoa team in early August last year. Joel divides his time between the Critical Support team and Office IT.
Before joining Caring Families Aotearoa, he juggled being a stay-at-home dad for his five lovely children and studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Media Production at Massey University. Going back even further Joel worked at Victoria University of Wellington as a Procurement Specialist. In Joel’s spare time he enjoys camping, video games, and sound design.
“I really believe in the mission of Caring Families Aotearoa”
New Regional Coordinators
Throughout Aotearoa, we have Regional Coordinators there to support, train and advocate for caregivers.
We have two new Regional Coordinators who have recently joined the Caring Families Aotearoa team in January this year.
Here is a little bit about them….
Lower South Regional Coordinator
For the past 20 years, Raylene has worked for a Social Service Non-Government Organisation (NGO) supporting children, parents, caregivers and grandparents in group settings. Encouraging and identifying their strengths and weaving them together to help achieve positive relationships for the child within their whānau, support systems and community.
Raylene has 30 years’ experience as a caregiver providing Permanency, short term and respite care and is so proud to be part of the team at Caring Families Aotearoa.
“I am excited to be working with such a passionate group of people and look forward to connecting with the many amazing caregivers spread throughout Otago and Lower South Region”
East Coast Regional Coordinator
Sarah has a background in Group Facilitation and Therapy, working with children, adolescents, adults and whānau in areas of grief, trauma, relationships, parenting and conflict resolution. She has also worked in the areas of violence, alcohol/drug abuse, and more extensively in the areas of inappropriate sexualised behaviour and sexual abuse.
“I am passionate about connecting people together to encourage one another and to share their experience and knowledge. I look forward to our journey as we share, learn, and encourage one another”