The Super Team
Vicki brings strong administrative, management and people skills to SuperGrans, as well as a working knowledge of the organisation itself, having first joined us as our Administrator. Leading a wonderful group of staff and volunteers, Vicki is committed to the positive growth of SuperGrans Mentoring in the Manawatu and, ultimately, of our wider community.
Having learnt many life skills from her own grandmother, Vicki sincerely believes the service SuperGrans provides is extremely important. Not only to keep the skills 'alive' but also to help foster an inclusive and supportive community where everyone feels valued.
Joanne has come to SuperGrans Mentoring with a background in occupational therapy and support work. With a passion for positive skill-passing and a firm belief in intergenerational mentoring Joanne is looking forward to supporting our wonderful team of volunteers.
As the Service Co-ordinator Joanne's role is meeting new clients and pairing them with a volunteer who will help them reach their goals. Joanne is looking forward to extending her knowledge of the community sector and is excited to be working in this area.
Originally from Peru, Cynthia brings with her a range of experience from numerous community organisations where she has previously worked with people with special needs, parents and migrants.
As Course Co-coordinator, Cynthia liaisons with our volunteers and the community organisations as well as organising all the different courses we provide to the community. Cynthia strongly believes in the philosophy and ethics of SuperGrans and feels very privileged to work with a bunch of skilled and dedicated volunteers who make the organisation what it is today.
The Governance Team
Adrian has been a chairperson or a committee person of many community voluntary organisations in Palmerston North for over thirty years and is currently the Manager of Manawatu Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust. In his fourth term as a Palmerston North City Councillor and second term as a MidCentral District Health Board member, Adrian is the chairperson of the Economic Development Committee and deputy chairperson within MidCentral of the Healthy Communities Committee and Enable New Zealand.
Adrian's business career includes nine years as General Manager of Manawatu Standard and eight years as Chief Executive of Arohanui Hospice.
Wendy joined our board in December 2014 at the invitation of Trustee Bev Page; the two had worked together on the board of the Palmerston North Basketball Association. Wendy appreciates the way SuperGrans quietly works in the community, strengthening the community through the personal connection of mentor and client. Wendy has a background in accounts, property, administration, and customer service.
Former CEO of MASH Trust, Carol managed the Trust for over 12 years. Prior to that she ran her own company and held several senior roles within the Ministry of Health, Health Funding Authority and Ministry of Social Development.
Carol is the Chair of Take My Hands Trust, an organisation matching surplus health and disability equipment in New Zealand with recipient countries in the Pacific and Asia. She is also a mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand. As a Nanna to 8 grandsons, Carol is understands the importance of families learning the skills to support their families well delivered through the Team at SuperGrans Manawatu.
Kathriona has been a SuperGrans mentor since 2014. She enjoys using her life experience and teaching skills to support others. Kathriona is an accredited visitor for Age Concern and spends time with her two elderly clients each week. She also coordinates fruit and vegetable orders at Food Together Awapuni and enjoys networking with the other volunteers and customers who come to the vege hub. In between voluntary activities Kathriona works casually as a First Aid instructor for Red Cross and as a radiographer at Palmerston North Hospital.
A grandmother herself, Gail is passionate about helping younger generations. Currently a Mortgage Adviser for Mortgage Link Manawatu, she works hard to help young people purchase their first home. Joining SuperGrans as a Trustee, Gail sees this opportunity as a way to extend that passion, by helping families learn important life skills through mentoring and the ongoing classes offered by SuperGrans Manawatu.