Why

us?

CYC work where the young people they work with are. Presence based youth work is the mantra and ethos in which CYC base everything in which they do out of. Meeting young people where they are at, is the key to building a lasting and meaningful relationship, and it's out of this relationship that true impact can be felt. Through mentoring (24-7 youth work), life skill building (Youth Service) or education (FWD) CYC aim to holistically provide support to young people in whatever realm the young person requires.
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Why us?

Community

Mentoring

Life skills

Education

 

Meet the team

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MARISA
GONZALEZ

Forward Tutor

Marisa is a qualified educator with over 25 years of experience in teaching, coaching and facilitating training. She has been working in vocational education in New Zealand workplaces for the last 13 years and she loves working with young people.

Marisa believes in the impact that finding the right education pathway can make on young people and she’s very enthusiastic about the Forward with Direction Youth Guarantee Programme.

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Peter 

Rubaduka

Youth Coach

Peter Rubaduka is fresh at CYC Trust - He started with us  in October 2020 and since then he has done wonders through his engagement with the youth of Whangaparaoa. In a short period of time people he has built a strong relationship with local police and employers, which has helped a lot of our youth get jobs. Currently, Peter is studying to gain a certificate in Youth Work and is hoping that the skills learnt from this will help him better his practice. If you want to be in his good books buy him a can of Fanta. 

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Caitlin

Watson

Mentoring Project Manager

Caitlin has worked with local charities and council to support our community. Caitlin joined the team in May 2020, to set up and manage Coast Mentoring, a youth mentoring programme we run in partnership with Youth in Transition and Upside Youth Mentoring. Caitlin has the joy of working alongside a team of Coastie volunteer mentors who journey alongside a young person for 12 months. Caitlin is passionate about seeing young people know that they are cared for, feel valued and know that their life has great purpose!

Youth Workers

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 HANNAH 

LOCHHEAD

Youth Work Team Leader

& 24-7 Youth Worker

Hannah has a huge passion for young people in our community. She has worked with various charities that support youths through finding identity and purpose. Having the role of Senior Girl Youth Worker and Youth Work Team Leader, Hannah aspires to support staff and students at Whangaparaoa College and build positive relationships that make a difference. 

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Michaela 

Gillies 

24-7 Youth Worker

 Michaela comes with several years experience working with small groups of children. She connects so well with the juniors in Whangaparaoa College. Currently studying Early Childhood Education, Michaela is passionate about seeing change in the lives of young people and has a big heart for the community.

Trustees/Board Members

TIM

HALL

Chairperson

Tim joined CYC in 2015 as a board member for the Trust. Tim has grown up on the coast, attending Kingsway School and university completing a degree in marketing. Currently Tim is employed at Burger Fuel as a Cultural Marketing Assistant. With many years experience leading and mentoring groups of young people (including volunteering for CYC), and caring dutifully for his award-winning moustache, we are super pleased to have Tim on our board!

KAREN

HELLESOE

Board member

Karen works part time as an Operations Manager at Waitemata District Health. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and a Masters in Health Sciences. Karen has previous governance experience having been on the Board of KingsWay school for 6 years, 4 of those as Board Chair. She is currently the Board Chair of All Heart New Zealand and is the Director of a property investment company. Karen is excited about supporting  the work of CYC using her experience in leadership, governance and administration. Karen enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, being part of the worship team at Whangaparoa Baptist and attending the gym.

SAMANTHA
BANDARA

Board member

Sam works part time as the Finance Manager at Coast Kindy.  She has degrees in Accounting and Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  Sam started her own small business accounting practice when her second child was a baby, and has been operating that part time while staying home to look after her 3 children, the youngest of whom has just started school.  She loves exploring our beautiful coast with her family and friends, going to the beach in all weather, jogging and curling up with a good book. 

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MIKE
COPE

Board member

Mike works the in civil engineering industry as a part owner of march-cato construction. Mike, along with his wife Sonia, have been involved in many areas of the community including scouts, school boards, youth groups and local youth camps, for 20+years. His experience is vast and his wise insights are incredibly valuable to CYC Trust. A practical, no non-sense approach, keeps us sharp and shapes our impact here in the Whangaparaoa community.

 

JOSH

SANFORD

Director

Josh has worked for CYC Trust for almost a decade and has recently come on board as our Executive Director- we are absolutely thrilled to have him in this role. Josh has a Bachelor of Theology and is also the Youth Pastor of Whangaparaoa Baptist Church. Josh has a strong interest in male role modelling and mentoring and runs The Rite Journey program at Whangaparaoa College. He is married to Anna and they have two wonderful daughters, Lace and Willow.

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CHANDRA

NEWMAN

Administrator & Operations 

Chandra takes care of all the behind the scenes activities that need to be done. Everything Chandra does ensure the trust runs smoothing, she handles anything from paying the bills to buying the coffee. 

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KYLAH

MEAFUA

Youth Service Manager & Coach 

Kylah has been working at CYC Trust since 2016, when she finished her degree in Social Work. Kylah is currently the Youth Service Manager and Coach and spends the majority of her time supporting young people to create goals, improve their wellbeing and gain confidence to become the best version of themselves. Kylah is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma, as she believes you're never too old to learn new skills and create new goals.

 

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