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'The Lovely Team' - North Shore Womens Centre Staff

Tracey Swanberg, is Centre Manager. Tracey is a qualified Social Worker with over 18 years experience and background of management in the NGO sector. She worked at De Paul House then had 10 years experience with Womens Refuge (3 of these were for the National Office) and has been with NSWC for two years. Tracey's passion is working to alleviate family violence and to improve the welfare of women and children. She is a mother to Ben and grandmother to Jasper.

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Justine Iotua joined the Centre in April 2012. She is a registered Social Worker with a Diploma in Social Work. She has been a Social Worker for 16 years with experience in working with families, children who have witnessed domestic violence, foster care and care and protection concerns. She is married with two adult children. Justines desire is to provide the support and resourses to empower women to reach their full potential.

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Lorraine Owens has been involved in Community work for more than 35 years. Her wealth of experience includes various roles within the centre over the years including Co-Ordinator as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Recently Lorraine retired as a Community Resource Worker, however she continues to volunteer as a facilitator for our Age With Flair group.

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Dawn Hutchison is NSWC'S Community Resource worker, Administration. Born near London in the UK, she emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1998. As a mature student, she gained a Diploma in Violence & Trauma Studies at AUT. Married with three adult children, her aspiration to work with women was realised when she joined the North Shore Womens Centre in 2010.

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Fleur Brydon joined the Women's Centre in March 2017 as a part-time Community Resource Worker. She is following her passion for helping women and community. Fleur loves fishing and badminton and especially loves time with her family: husband, 4 adult children and 2 grandsons.

 

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Joanna Kingsbury has been a counsellor at NSWC for over 14 years. Originally from a nursing background, Joanna was a Lifeline counsellor for several years before going on to gain her M.Ed (Hons) in Counselling at Auckland University in 1999. In addition to her work at the Centre, Joanna provides counselling to women in refuge and is in private practise. In her spare time she loves to be with friends and family and delights in being a grandparent.

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Julia (Min-Kyeong) Kwon has been a counsellor at NSWC since 2009. Born in South Korea, and she imigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2000. She graduated PGDip. in counselling and Master of Social Practice (Hons) at Unitec. Julia works in a client-centered way on a wide range of issues including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief & loss.  Her expertise lies in working with Asian women and adolescents.

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Anneke Bornman joined the centre in 2009 as a social worker. Since 2016 she provides counselling to the Centre clients and is currently registered as a social worker (SWRB and ANZASW) and a counsellor at NZCCA. She was born and raised in South Africa and has a Master of Baccalaureus Artium in Social Work from University of Pretoria. Anneke moved to NZ with her family in 2007. She also has a post-graduate certificate in Narrative and Family Counselling from Waikato University. She provides a confidential, respectful and caring space, supporting clients to explore and make sense of their narrative. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family, gardening, and being outdoors.

 

 

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Susan Moyle is our accountant. Susan has a long involvement with non-profit organisations, in a wide range of both voluntary and paid roles. Susan has been providing financial support to the NSWC (through ANCAD) since early 2018. Susan is married with three adult children and has lived on the North Shore for over twenty years.

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Catheline Iseraela has been a committed volunteer at the Centre since 2010. Cathy organises and manages the Clothing Exchange, takes phone calls and supports staff in their roles. Cathy is passionate about women and youth and their wellbeing. Cathy has lived locally on the Shore for many years and is a mother and grandmother.

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Board of Trustees

Julie Bremner Julie graduated from Otago University with a Law and Commerce Degree. She works primarily in family and property law for Vlatkovich McGowan as their Senior Solicitor. Julie has worked in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. She is passionate about people and helping them through what can be difficult times and recently been appointed by the Family Court as lawyer for the subject person in PPPR proceedings. Julie believes it is important to serve in the community that she lives as she sees this as her way of trying to change the general public’s perception of lawyers to that they are really nice, kind people. Outside of work Julie enjoys movies, reading and live theatre. Julie’s partner is Samoan and a former professional rugby league player so a lot of weekends are spent on the sideline of local league games and assisting young pasifika players.

 

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Shannon Robinson has taught students from 5-13 years old in New Zealand and London for over 10 years, before moving to her current position for the last 16 years as Deputy Principal and Dean at Murrays Bay Intermediate School. Shannon holds a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Diploma in Special Education and Diploma in Child Protection. She lives with her husband Terry and variety of animals on a life style block in Puhoi. Travel, design and landscaping are passions.

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Maria Lafaele Maria Lafaele Born of Samoan decent, Maria migrated to NZ in 2002 to explore better opportunities for herself and her children. She attended and graduated from University of Auckland, majoring in Political Science and Women Studies. She’s now working for the Pacific Quit Smoking Service to assist Pacific people and Pacific smokers to give up smoking. Maria is highly motivated to empower and forward the position of women in life, career, health, education family and community and is highly committed in assisting Pacific women to achieve their aspirations for themselves, fanau and their families. She is hoping to use her own experiences in life to influence and to help make a difference to women and our society.

 

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Anuschka Meyer Anuschka Meyer obtained an LLB from Auckland University in 1996 and an LLM from Victoria University in 2001. Prior to becoming a lawyer I worked as a primary school teacher for a number of years and more recently as human rights investigator for the United Nations in Africa and the Middle East. I am currently working as a Family Lawyer at the Law Lounge, Takapuna which I enjoy enormously. I am also a volunteer lawyer at the NSWC.I have 2 teenage children and enjoy spending time with family, reading, going to the beach and playing tennis.

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Maria Brown Maria Brown Nga mihi o te wa ki a koe e te tuakana, Anei taku korero e pa ana ki tou hiahia Ngati Hau, Ngapuhi. Ngati Haua, Tainui I have worked in Auckland & abroad in administrative positions. Studied Social Work at Auckland University and currently third year with a pending Bachelor of Social Science. I attribute my most rewarding years to motherhood raising my tamariki, serving my whanau, hapu, iwi in all areas of kaupapa driven development for ongoing sustainability. Involved for more than 20years in the Kohanga Reo Movement. Kaihoe Waka, paddler traditional waka, Waitangi. An active member of our community in volunteer programs, research in sustainable solutions team, building global networks while projecting a positive & inspiring attitude at all times.

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Prachi Mittal is passionate about domestic violence prevention and safety of women and children in New Zealand.  She originally comes from India and has a Master in Sociology. In India, Prachi she worked in the child rights advocacy sector. Prachi started her career in New Zealand in 2010 working for Shine-Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday as a MSD child advocate for children who witness family violence and coordinated the Auckland Central Family Violence Network- SAFTINET. She went on to be the Agency Manager at  Inner City Women’s Group. Prachi also worked for ANCAD as the Takapuna Community Hub Coordinator.  Prachi lives on the North Shore with her husband and two young children. Outside of work she enjoys baking, reading and walking on the beach. 

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