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. As for studies, I think I will never stop as it just provides me with so much more skills and interest in my sector. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Services with Otago Polytech which I am looking to complete at the the end of 2020. 
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 recognise and build on their unique experiences.

DONNA PARKER

Hi all, well as you can see I am still here, it’s been number of 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 another year older 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 25 and my son 22. I have traveled a fair bit in the last 5 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.

LYNETTE KOTZE

Hi, my name is Lynette. I am originally from South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand with my family in February 2003. I am married and my husband and I have 3 boys. 

My favourite thing to do is spending time with my family and I enjoy dancing and taking long walks with my boys. My previous employment was at Farmers and then also worked for a cleaning company called Spotless.

I have been a part of the OurKidz OSCAR team for the 3 months now and I am enjoying every minute of it. Every day is different and I look forward to seeing the children again, to hear all their stories and to continued playing games with them at OSCAR care.

KAYLA KOEKEMOER

Hi everyone, I’m Kayla. I am 20 years old and was born & raised in South Africa. In December 2009, our family decided to move to New Zealand simply for a better future. I am a fun, loving, kind, honest, respectful and hard working person. I graduated from Kaiapoi High School in 2017, got a night-fill job at The Warehouse in Rangiora and I've been there for about 3 years now. I have been a helping hand at the OSCAR program in Kaiapoi on & off now for a couple of years but recently I've been given the opportunity to be a full time supervisor at the Amberley site. I am keen to help out wherever I can at the OSCAR program. I enjoy seeing everyone’s faces and bonding with them while coloring-in and getting beaten at board games. What I like about this job is that everyday is different, there’s never a dull moment when you’re at the OSCAR program! You get to learn a lot about the kids, their behavior and as well as themselves. I like hearing that they love coming to OSCAR in the morning & afternoons. I like to join the children when we go on our weekly holiday activities. In my spare time I enjoy taking naps, listening to music, spending time with family, going out with my friends, dancing and playing sports. I have recently spent a month in Germany with my friend and am excited to do some more travelling in the future. To broaden my knowledge, I would like to study further into childcare education and see where it takes me.

MELISSA VERSLOOT

My name is Melissa Versloot. I am originally from South Africa. We have lived in NZ since 2015. I have two boys Michael aged 9 and Dillan aged 7. We absolutely love it here. In the future I would love to travel more and do more camping trips with my boys. There is so much of this beautiful country we have not seen yet.

It is such a privilege for me to be working in the Ourkidz OSCAR group. There is nothing that gives me more satisfaction than being part of their everyday lives and giving them a happy, fun, positive and creative environment to be in. 

It is so fulfilling creating memories with them all and being there for them.

I love children, they grow up too quickly and being able to be a part of their journey is amazing!

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