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'The Lovely Team' - North Shore Womens Centre Staff

Tracey Swanberg, is North Shore Womens Centre Manager. Tracey is a qualified Social Worker with over 18 years experience and a background of management in the NGO sector. She was Community Support Worker at De Paul House then had 10 years experience with Womens Refuge (3 of these were for the National Office). Tracey joined the North Shore Womens Centre in 2010 and her passion is working toward alleviating 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 Womens Centre in April 2012. She is a registered Social Worker with a Diploma in Social Work. She has been a Social Worker for 10 years where her experience has been working with families, children who have witnessed domestic violence, foster care and care and protection concerns. She is married with two teenage children.

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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 took a break from working at the Centre only to realise she wasn't quite ready for retirement. She decided (fortunately for us!) to return as part-time Community Resource Worker.

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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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Kirsty Gover has worked as Fundraiser for the NSWC since May 2010. She has had extensive experience from various administration and marketing roles here and in the UK and holds a Diploma in marketing from AUT (Advertising Major). Kirsty grew up ƒin the East Coast Bays and returned to the Shore with her husband and two beatuiful children. Kirsty has also recently taken up the role of tutor for the Food for Thought classes.

 

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Joanna Kingsbury has been a counsellor at North Shore Womens Centre for over 10 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 joined the Centre as a Counsellor in 2009. She graduated with PGDip. Counselling and M.Soc Practice at Unitec.  She is working with women and adolescents. She likes helping people grow through life's challenges and works alongside clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self esteem, boundaries, anger management, grief and loss. Julia is married with a teenage son.

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Anneke Bornman joined the team in April 2009 as a Social Worker. Born in Kempton Park, South Africa,she has a Master of Baccalaureus Artium in Social Work and worked in the field for 17 years. She completed a two year post-graduation certificate in Whanau Narrative Practice and Advanced Relationship and Family Counselling at Waikato University. She is now a counsellor at the Centre as well as a facilitator of our Womens and Parenting Programmes. Anneke is married with two children.

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Carol Richardson is our Accountant. Having previously worked at the Centre from 2002-2004, we were pleased to welcome her back in 2013. Carol is married to Mark with twin teenage sons.

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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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