Jan, a trained and registered Counsellor has been our Manager since 2015. She has a keen interest in working in the not for profit sector and really enjoys working in, and for the community where she has now lived for 35 years. Her work with CAPS Hauraki and past managerial experience with Hauraki Victim Support and Whangamata Community Services Trust brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to WCRC.
In her other life Jan is a wife, mother of 3, nana of 4, a dairy farmer, and maintains a small counselling practice. She enjoys reading, music, cooking and walking – when she has time!
Kaye is our friendly face that will meet and greet you when visiting us. She manages our bookings and room hire and just about everything else so if there is anything you need to know – just ask Kaye!
Loree is the go-to person for our accounting and administration needs and loves the triumphs and challenges of working within the social sector.
She has been part of the Waihi Community since she moved here in 2001 and really enjoys living and working within our small and vibrant community.
Strengthening Families Co-ordinator / Whānau Support
Linley has a passion for working within community settings and her knowledge and experience enable her to work for The Waihi Community Resource Centre in a diverse range of roles.
Linley is the co-ordinator of Strengthening Families as well as the co-ordinator for our Volunteer and Community Programs – which include Thrive and our community garden. She also works within our ISR team as a Whānau Support Worker for family harm.
Linley has lived and worked within our community for over 10 years and loves working with people - supporting and encouraging them on their journey of discovery, toward living the life they were born for.
Nicola has a Bachelor of Social Practice in Narrative Counselling, is registered with NZAC and has several years’ experience working alongside children, adolescents, and their families. She has facilitated programmes such as the Strengthening Families, Incredible Years, Strengthening Step Families and Parenting Through Separation.
Nic’s core beliefs are that people are the experts in their own life, and that the problem is the problem – not the person. She also believes that supporting people and helping them feel validated through their connection with others, can bring about change.
Nic and her family found their forever home in Waihi in 2018 and they are loving everything that this community and environment have to offer.
Family/Whanau and Youth Support
Matt recently joined our organisation in 2021. He brings a great desire, enthusiasm, and commitment to working with both youth and adults. Matt’s role is diverse and varied. He works alongside Curtiss as a Youth Worker and Mentor and is also a Whanau Support Worker within our ISR & Strengthening Families teams.
Matt lives in the Waihi community with his young family and outside of work he enjoys outdoor activities, sports, cooking, animals and spending time with whanau and friends.
Youth Support & Mentoring
We are fortunate to have Curtiss return to WCRC as our Youth Worker and Mentor. His passion for helping youth and encouraging them to make good choices and think positively about themselves adds real value to our community. His love of outdoor activities, sports and music is incorporated into his work and his life experiences help him to connect with our youth in a way that not many could.
Curtiss lives in Waihi and has a young family, and they make sure he stays up-to-date and relevant with our young people!
Gonny’s extensive experience working with children and families is a valued addition to our team. She has spent 15 years visiting families in their homes, promoting neurodevelopment of children from before birth to age three and has helped equip parents with the tools and understanding to ensure the most important first 1000 days are as enriched as possible. Gonny has also worked in an education and support role to foster parents with therapeutic parenting skills to help heal children of any age affected by trauma.
Gonny’s role as Whānau Support Worker and facilitator of the Parenting Support Group with the Waihi Community Resource Centre incorporates the skills and experience learnt throughout her career. She also works as a Strengthening Families facilitator, a process she finds invaluable to families and professionals for using strength-based solutions.
Gonny is Mum to three children, two foster sons and Nana to six mokopuna. She has lived in this rohe for over forty years and feel privileged to work in this community that she loves.
Kaitautoko Whānau Community Social Worker
Sarah works here at the Waihi Community Resource Centre as a Kaitautoko Whānau (Community Social Worker). She has a passion for walking alongside whānau, hapū , iwi as an advocate to ensure whānau, hapū, iwi have all the necessary resources and tautoko (support) that they may require.
Sarah is a registered Social Worker who studied at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa ki
Tauranga and has achieved her Bachelor in Biculturalism in Social Work.
Community Social Worker
Darinee graduated with Honours as a Social Worker from Waikato University and is a trained Toolbox Parenting Facilitator, as well as the facilitator of our Parenting Support Group.
She works closely with Oranga Tamariki clients by supporting them to create positive changes in their lives.
Darinee has a fundamental belief in the dignity and inherent potential of all people due to practicing Nichiren Buddhism, which aligns to her social work practice. Her interest in complex trauma, behaviour and therapeutic social work has become a key passion.