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MEET THE TEAM

 

DEBBIE WOOD

I am the owner/coordinator of the programmes. The Kaiapoi site was started in Dec 2009 holidays and was only operational for a few months, before the roll increased and further staffing was required. The Waikuku site was then opened in February 2010 after being approached by the principal when I was seeking assistance with furniture that the school may no longer need and wish to expose of.
My personal achievements were my studies towards a Certificate in Small Business studies undertaken at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa which I completed in Mar 2009. Further self development from then on were the OSCAR certificate and further relevant studies and workshops within the OSCAR sector. Another successful challenge for me was to undertake studies in Poupou Huia Te Reo (Certificate in Te Reo Maori) and the latest being through Open Polytechnic and studying Teacher Aide Certificate.
I thoroughly enjoy my time with the OSCAR groups and everyday is a new exciting experience. I remind colleagues and families that I meet, that children are the most rewarding experience any adult or caregiver can have, not matter how challenging. Each child is unique and it's our responsibility to recognize and build on their unique experiences.

DONNA PARKER

Hi all, well as you can see I am still here, it’s been nearly 6 years now.I have seen a lot of children come and go during my time at OSCAR care, or should I say grow and still enjoy my time at with all the current and new families.
I'm now 49 and still up for a game of rugby or a kick of the ball. I have lived in Woodend for 20+ years and have two adult kids, my daughter is now 24 and my son 21. I have travelled a fair bit in the last 4 years and really enjoy visiting other countries.
As I always say to others, I believe I will still be working with the children in OSCAR for many years to come and they will eventually wheel me out due to old age.

DEIDRE KOEKEMOER

I am originally from South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand with my family in December of 2009. Prior to immigration I undertook work at the school my children attended as a Teacher Aide, reading and assisting with tasks as assigned by the teacher. Pieter and I have two girls, Kayla and Imke who keep us really busy with dance and sport activities.
Once we were settled in New Zealand and eligible to work, I joined the OurKidz NZ OSCAR group as a supervisor for the Waikuku site and have undertaken many interesting workshops as required by the sector. I have also been fortunate to assist the school teachers with some tasks as assigned by them. It is an enjoyable time at OSCAR and I have built a number of positive relationships with the children and their families of the Kaiapoi and Waikuku sites over the years.

LOUISE CLANCY

Hi, my name is Louise. I have worked in retail and hospitality for many years, but have decided it’s time for change.
In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and having friends over for BBQ’s. I love the summer time where I get to be outdoors, going for walks and taking my daughter to the park.
I’ve been working as part of the OSCAR team for a few months now and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Every day is different and challenging, but also very rewarding. I look forward to seeing the children and enjoy sharing stories with them. I enjoy our games of “Skip Bo”, but the kids always beat me at it.
I look forward to watching the young children grow up and to see how their personalities develop. We may have the next All Black star or even the next Prime Minister, you never know. As long as the children are happy and enjoying their journey ahead of them, I am glad that I am a part of it.

BONNIE GARDINER

Hi, I am Bonnie and I am back at OSCAR. After living in Christchurch for 14 years, my family decided to move to Nelson, but after 3 years there and losing my grandparents within a month, Christchurch was calling my name. I needed to be around family and lifelong friends again, so here I am.
OSCAR brings along challenges like any working environment does, but what makes it worthwhile is all the rewarding moments and seeing each child grow to become their own unique individual.
I love working with the children at OSCAR on a daily basis. Each day is full of exciting new experiences and of course many good memories. Meeting new children and their families is also one of the many things I look forward to when coming to work at OSCAR.
I love animals and my fur babies are my world. Maybe I’ll turn out to be the crazy cat lady, who knows :-)
I look forward to continuing to develop positive and meaningful relationships with the children and their families as well as my colleagues at OSCAR care.