Parents Centres New Zealand Inc Board

Josie Pagani, Co- Chair

Josie is passionate about the role parents play in shaping healthy families which she sees as the most important social institution in New Zealand.She is a parent to three children, a current affairs commentator on radio and TV, and a public affair

s consultant who helps organisations to fix problems and achieve their goals. Josie’s skills and experience will be an enormous asset to Parents Centres.

Josie is excited about helping Parents Centre roll out its new strategy. “The organisation has recognised that clear communication with members and volunteers is one of the keys to success,” Josie says. “So,
too, is promoting good parenting techniques more widely and growing the membership. Families are the most important social institutions in any New Zealand community. That’s easy to say. Parenting is the 
hardest job any of us will ever do. The ability for Parents Centre staff and volunteers to be there when it matters is something worth fighting for.”
 
Josie was the political advisor for the Minister of Corrections in the early 2000s, and helped promote and implement recommendations in the About Time report which identified early childhood education as one of the most cost effective way to reduce future crime. She helped set up Pillars in the 1990s to support partners and families of prison inmates, and presently works with other organisations including the Midwifery Council.
   

Sarah Parker

 

Sarah has been an active part of Nelson District Parents Centre since 2006 in a variety of roles, including President and Childbirth Education coordinator. Sarah says she is really excited about the new challenge of being part of the national Board of an organisation that has proven itself to be vital in the lives of New Zealand parents for over 60 years.

Sarah is an Early Childhood Teacher who loves the challenges of working with under twos and really enjoys the part she plays in young children and their families lives at this special time. Having worked in the Early Childhood field for over 17 years Sarah says she still finds every working day filled with fun, laughter and much wonder.

Sarah lives in Nelson with husband Steve and their three children.

 

Win Mitchell

 

Win Mitchell emigrated from Ghang Zhou, China, to New Zealand when she was a child.  She is bi lingual and proud of her heritage.

Today she lives with her husband Tim in Palmerston North, where they have been based for more than ten years, and they have a preschool daughter (Mila).  

Win works for an insurance company, having returned from maternity leave to part-time employment. Her roles with the insurance company include marketing, sponsorship, events and sales.

Win says that family is the most important thing to her “I consider myself the modern mum, I enjoy the company of my friends and colleagues, I value relationships, take a keen interest in new things, while keeping traditional traits and family will always come first.”

Win says she is very excited to be appointed to the Board of Parents Centres New Zealand and humbled by the opportunity. 

 

 

Sarah Gibbs

Sarah is married to husband Matthew of 17 years and along with their two boys (William 9 1/2 and Henry 6) are currently Dairy Farming within the Tararua region.  They run a herd of 360 cows which along with their immediate family are their world.  Sarah also teaches pilates in Dannevirke where she gets to help clients on their journey to greater strength, wellbeing and overall health.  As an instructor it is a privilege for Sarah every time she steps on the mat to work with clients and witness the changes in them as they journey through classes together.

Prior to becoming a Mum, Sarah spent part of her OE working in Treasury, Accounting and Marketing. Upon returning to New Zealand she started work for Fonterra in 2001.  Sarah's work with Fonterra took her on a secondment to the Middle East. After Fonterra, Sarah lived in Saudi Arabia where she trained as a pilates instructor and was blessed with her son William during this time. 

Matt and Sarah moved to Nelson where Sarah started her journey with Parents Centre.  She has found the friendships she has made within her time are lifelong friendships.  Sarah joined the Nelson Parents Centre committee in 2010 as a committee member, and became Vice President in 2011.  Upon moving to the farm in 2012 she took on a regional co-ordinator role for the Manawatu and Wairarapa regions and was fortunate to become a board representative as a regional coordinator in 2014.

Sarah has been on the board of Parents Centre since 2015.  She is inspired by the opportunity of this role within Parents Centre and hopes that alongside the leadership team they can continue to guide the organisation successfully.  The organisation has made such huge head way over its lifetime and Sarah would like to know that in the 21st century we do not lose that momentum.  Sarah is a strong advocate for assisting to make societal change for families and responsive parenting.