Regional Co-ordinators - meet the new team!
Kylie Johnston - Auckland Region - North Shore
Kylie Johnston joined Onewa Parents Centre as Secretary in 2008 when her son Bailey was just 2 months old. She has been the President of Onewa Parents Centre for the past 3 years and joins the Regional Co-Ordinator Team “with enthusiasm and passion.”
Kylie lives on the North Shore of Auckland with her builder husband Rhys, son Bailey, daughters Mishayla and Mckenzie, Dog Coffee,Cat Bluie and couple ofgoldfish. “Yes, it's a full house and yes, my children are fairly close together (each exactly 21 months apart) – I wouldn’t have it any other way!"
Kylie feels that she is fortunate to be a stay at home mumand also works three evenings a week at Clinic Tranquility Beauty Therapy once the kids are tucked up in bed.
"I'm hugely passionate about all things parenting and the skills I'm learning during my Parents Centre days are building upon my trainingbackground, they are proving to be wide ranging and are certainlykeepingmy brain stimulated and my passions alight.”
Nicola Mapletoft - Auckland Region - Cityside
Nicola Mapletoft has been involved with Parents Centre since 2008, and says she is glad to be part of an organisation that values parenting so highly. She is the administrator of Maternity Services Consumer Council, a qualified Childbirth Educator and teaches Childbirth Education classes for Parents Centres in Auckland, and also at Thrive and Birthcare. She is a consumer representative on the Auckland NZ College of Midwives committee and says that she loves to be busy! “I have a real passion for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting and believe we truly can make a difference.” Nicola lives in West Auckland with husband Daniel and children Zac, Ryan and baby Poppy.
Sarah Gibbs - Central Region
Sarah Gibbs joined Nelson District Parents Centre committee in 2009, becoming Vice President soon after. In 2012 she moved from Nelson with her family - husband Matthew and two boys William and Henry to Pahiatua where they are sharemilking on a 340 cow dairy farm – which Sarah describes as ‘challenging but rewarding!’ Sarah decided to remain involved with Parents Centre and was delighted to join the Regional Co-ordinator team as the representative for Central Region. Sarah is very much looking forward to making the role her own in conjunction with the Centres in her region.
Cath Giles – Upper South Island
Cath is married to Brendan and lives just out of Greymouth with their 2 children - Elizabeth 10 and Ben 7. Cath became involved with Parents Centre while attending antenatal classes and later joined the Greymouth committee where she has remained and taken on, over time, most of the various committee roles! In her ‘spare time’ she works as a part time nurse at Grey Base Hospital.
“I am looking forward to the new challenge of being a Regional Co-ordinator for the top of the South Island, covering the large geographical area of Nelson District, Marlborough and Greymouth on the West Coast. People ask me “why are you still involved with Parents Centre now that your kids are at school?” My answer is because I feel passionate about the organisation and what we have achieved and what we have yet to achieve. I love being a part of this group, plus I have fun and have made some wonderful friends because of it. Community involvement, especially with children and families, is one of my passions. I see the Regional Co-ordinator role for Parents Centre as a special niche that awaits my active involvement and I am looking forward to it!”
Debbie Kell - Canterbury
Debbie lives in Ashburton with husband Craig and teenage daughters Laura and Renée. Parents Centre has played a major part in Debbie’s life since the birth of her oldest daughter in 1995. She joined the Ashburton committee soon after and tried her hand at many roles over the years, ending up as President before moving on to become Parents Centre Regional Co-ordinator for Canterbury from 2004 to 2008.
During this time Debbie took on the national role of Volunteer Services Co-ordinator, working closely with Joan Hay in supporting the volunteers. This contract ended in 2008 after 2 years, as did Debbie’s voluntary role as Canterbury Regional Co-ordinator.
Debbie went on to further study and now works as a training consultant, providing IT assistance to businesses, up-skilling ACC & WINZ clients, running seminars, computer classes and much more. She also works as a Parents Centre corrections facilitator, delivering the Parenting with a Purpose programme in the Canterbury prisons.
Attending Parents Centre’s personal and professional development training workshops over the years has been hugely beneficial to Debbie, as a parent and as a person, and has given her the skills and confidence to take on tasks and roles she wouldn’t have thought herself capable of.
Along with Parents Centre Debbie has volunteered for many organisations over the years and is currently secretary for her local sports club and chair of the board of the Ashburton Learning Centre, an organisation that helps adults with literacy difficulties.
After several years break Debbie is back as Canterbury Regional Co-ordinator – just for a year to fill in a gap - and she’s loving it. The role is something that Debbie is really passionate about, and ensuring that her Centre people are well supported and happy in their work is her first priority. She is very proud to be part of the awesome Parents Centre whanau and honoured to be a life member of Ashburton Parents Centre.
Debbie describes herself as a “slightly pedantic people person”. She loves things to run efficiently with systems in place and people working well together. Her favourite pastimes are camping with the family, reading a good book and walking her very energetic dog Banjo. She enjoys a challenge and is not afraid of a bit of hard work.