Introducing the Volunteer Services team

From time to time, you may receive communication from the Volunteer Services team

Who are they and what do they do? To help you put a face to the name and to understand what roles they perform, each team member has introduced themselves.

Lichelle Evans

My key focus is to champion and introduce good volunteer engagement and management practices across the organisation.

Most of the work I do is behind the scenes, for example designing the recruitment and selection process, creating an induction checklist for staff who lead volunteers, preparing and delivering presentations and project managing.

Prior to working for the Hospice I spent most of my career in management roles in the health sector and then working for the Department of Corrections as a principal advisor.

Things that energise me include applying the science of happiness in my workplace and home life, justice, rugby league, live rock music, and learning.

Diana Young

Hi I am Diana.  After retiring as a Senior Manager in the financial sector I volunteered for MPH for 14 months before taking the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator. I am passionate about contributing in the community so involved with Wellington Free Ambulance as well as being a JP.

My interests including travelling, reading and enjoying time with my family especially the grandchildren and my friends.

My primary role is being responsible for Recruitment and Selection of all volunteers that are non-retail. I love my role as I get to meet so many wonderful people who are prepared to give up their valuable time to volunteer for MPH

Therese O’Connell

Hi I am Therese. I come from Taranaki.

I have been lucky to work in areas that matter to me – as a trade union organiser and educator; working with refugees & migrants; in an Art Gallery and as a comedy performer.

When I’m not walking my darling dog Dolly (she is my personal trainer), I read, go to movies, spend time with family & friends and do a wee bit of painting.

I am a Volunteer Coordinator and one of my primary tasks is looking after the Meal & Receptionist rosters and organising Orientation events for new volunteers as well as organising and facilitating other volunteer events

Alison Bailey

Hi my name is Alison and previously I worked in corporate and owned my own HR business.

I enjoy attending Pilates, yoga and fitness classes and working in my gardening and spending time with my friends.

For the past two years I have been volunteering in the HR team for 3 hours every fortnight (Tuesday afternoon). My main tasks have been writing job descriptions, vacancy listings and policy work. When I finish my roster here I also volunteer serving dinner to our patients in the IPU (I have been doing this role for 19 years)

Katrina Moar

I am Katrina working as an Accounts and Administration Manager for an Audio Integration Company. I also have my own boutique property management company and also contracted to manage Accounts & Payroll duties for a community based music academy as well as being an Airbnb host

My proudest achievements are my daughter 25 and son 21. Love entertaining gardening and travelling. My passion is embarking on new adventures and living life of happiness and fulfillment and in doing so I hope to create a similar feeling for others.

I volunteer a couple of hours a week supporting Volunteer Services in the Admin role. Main projects have been supporting with Orientations for new volunteers, preparing packs, evaluations and support on the evenings as well.

Annoushka Martinsen

Hi I am Annoushka and I am currently working full-time in Government.

I am also a busy mum of 3 young boys. I enjoy Karate with my boys and hope to reach black belt one day.

I am part of Volunteer Services with the volunteer Orientation Training team. I provide the Health and Safety Induction presentation for the quarterly volunteer orientation training. I have held previous volunteering roles over the last few years, with the most recent being a volunteer florist out at the Porirua.

Danielle Karl

Hi my name is Danielle and I am a full time student at Victoria University, studying Law and Science. My goal is to use my degree to protect the Environment.

I love to travel and explore, cook, play music (the flute and ukulele) and read in my spare time.

I am an administrative volunteer support the team 2 hours a week co-ordinating the meal rosters and process information of volunteers onto the database. I also assist in organising events i.e. Volunteer Week and any other admin tasks that pop up. I have recently also taken up another volunteer role with MPH serving dinner on Saturdays every month to the patients in the IPU.

Louise Ellis

Hi my name is Louise and I live in Whitby with my husband and 21 year old son. I migrated to New Zealand from the UK almost 12 years ago. My background is in Policing and I worked as a HR Manager for the Fraud Squad in the Metropolitan Police Service prior to my big move. I have been lucky to have been a full time mum for a while before I took on an ironing business, which I currently run from my home.

I am an avid crafter and belong to a local craft group. I support local charity Little Sprouts by making crochet items and I also teach card making and paper arts.

I am a volunteer in HR Support – Recruitment & Selection mainly advertising vacancies, interviewing candidates, reference checking, police checks and maintaining the Recruitment Database and Volunteer Data Bases. I volunteer at the Porirua base 4 hours per week on a Friday.

Grant O’Connell

Hi my name is Grant I am an experienced Human Resource (HR) and Organisational Development (OD) practitioner. During my career I have worked in the banking and dairy industry sectors. I was NZ Country Manager for Hewitt Associates (a global HR and OD consultant)

I have 2 daughters who work in the technology sector. Outside work I get satisfaction from music, reading, socialising and current events. I play tennis. As a family we have a house in the Nelson area and we enjoy exploring that region in particular but also other parts of the South Island.

I have recently changed my work/life balance so that I can spend a part of each week doing some Volunteer work. My role at MPH is to assist with HR initiatives and at present that means making a contribution to MPH’s volunteer strategy. I work 3 hours a week on Tuesday afternoons.

Klara Szentirmay

Hi I am Klara Szentirmay, I organise events, teach Hungarian, and am working on an oral history project about New Zealand Hungarians. Formerly I worked as Honorary Consul for Hungary for 12 years and as publisher and editor of a bilingual New Zealand Hungarian magazine.

I currently volunteer for MPH as the chairperson of the Volunteer Advisory Group, a group set up to support the Volunteer Services team in optimising the volunteer experience at the Hospice.

I have volunteered at Mary Potter Hospice for over 10 years in various roles including meals, reception and biography, and for much longer in various organisational roles in the wider community. My hours at the Hospice fluctuate and are erratic.

In my outside of Hospice life, I’m passionate about people and the world we live in. And I love music, especially choral music.

Marina Swannell

I am Marina. I am 44 years old, I live in Lyall Bay with my husband Brett and 2 sons, Shaun 18 and Blake 13.

I am from the UK originally but have been in Wellington for almost 12 years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my boys, going to the cinema, eating out, reading and shopping. I am a keen gardener, although the Wellington wind tries my abilities.

My passions are chocolate and bubbles! My role is volunteer executive assistant. I support Lichelle with creating reports, tidying up data bases and general support.  I work every Friday from 10am to 2pm and can be found in the library.

Sasmita Pavankumar

Hi my name is Sasmita and I live in Kilbirnie, Wellington with my husband. I migrated to New Zealand from India almost 4 years ago. I have had 8 years’ experience in social services programmes and a range of customer service experiences in my previous roles in India. For 3 years I have been Voluntary Manager at NZ Read Cross

I have a great sense of humour and I love to travel and explore new places and new cultures. My hobbies and interests include- cooking, painting, gardening, photography and helping People.

I am a volunteer in HR Support – Recruitment & Selection mainly advertising vacancies, interviewing candidates, and the followup process as well as maintaining the Recruitment Database and Volunteer Data Bases. I volunteer 9am – 1pm Wednesdays and I am based in Newtown.