Paula was born and bred in Hamilton and has lived here most of her life. Before having her daughter Paula worked as a PA, and appreciates being able to use those skills in her role at Volunteering Waikato, as this keeps her skills current. In her previous role Paula was involved in the recruitment of new staff, and find that these HR skills are very useful for her role as one of our Interviewing team. Paula has been part of this team since early 2011, she enjoys travelling, going to the gym, and family. She currently also volunteers for the Cancer Society, and previously volunteered at Waikato Hospital, Epilepsy New Zealand and Rhode St School.
I have been with VW since 2014 and I love my role which compliments my psychology studies. We meet a broad cross-section of people and I find it interesting getting to know them and their reasons for volunteering. It is satisfying to hear of volunteering that has facilitated beneficial outcomes, whether it is gaining the good feeling one gets from helping others, a sense of achievement from learning new things or sometimes the opportunity to gain paid employment. I also enjoy getting to work with our really lovely team of people every week in the office. I see volunteering as a win/win, and it’s great to be part of helping to make this happen in our community.
By far our longest serving volunteer, Ruth has been with Volunteering Waikato since 1994, taking care of our accounts. She looks after our MYOB, reconciliations, banking and other accounting type things that confuse the rest of us. Before retiring Ruth worked for 35 years in an office for the combined Rural Bank and Housing Corporation. She continues in her voluntary role to ‘keep her brain ticking over’, she loves gardening, watching sport and chocolate! Ruth enjoys the atmosphere in our offices, describing it as ‘relaxing’. She has seen a lot of change over the years and appreciates the changes that technology and maturity of the organisation have brought.
Member Services & Gift Wrapping Supervisor
Ten years ago Tricia left paid employment, saw an advertisement for a voluntary role with the VW team, and has been here ever since - in a variety of roles. Currently she works with the Member Services team, and enjoys having regular contact with our Member Organisations, and with the wider Volunteering Waikato team. Her annual role of supervising the Christmas Gift Wrapping at The Base is however her favourite role. Tricia is a hands-on grandparent of four, she loves bowls, sports (participating and watching), quiz nights – and Elvis. Tricia believes that nothing is too hard, and “Life is too short to be taken too seriously!”
Ivy joined our new Member Services team just after it was formed in 2015. Having recently retired with her husband from dairy farming she was looking to do something different, something that would stretch her and keep her engaging with different people. She enjoys chatting to our clients over the phone, and loves providing great customer service. Ivy also volunteers at Cambridge I-Site, and enjoys road cycling, mountain biking, gardening and landscaping. Although born in Queensland, Ivy has been in New Zealand since 1976 and has recently become a New Zealand citizen.
Jan moved to Hamilton from Wellington 14 years ago, to be with her now-husband, Kevin. She has a background in market research and call centre work having worked for Colmar Brunton and Teleflora. Jan has been with the team since October 2011, “I love the environment at Volunteering Waikato, everyone is so friendly.” Jan initially came to Volunteering Waikato looking for a way to help the community. Her role as Client Services is a perfect role for Jan as she enjoys phone work. Jan loves her garden, loves to travel – particularly to Europe - and loves reading. She has two children, four grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Jenny recently retired after many years working in the finance and insurance industry. Over the years she has volunteered for many organisations - sporting clubs, school events, committees, fundraising , riding for the disabled- always enjoying the experience and being involved. She enjoys her role as an Interviewer, where she can help clients into roles they will enjoy. In her spare time Jenny can be found in her garden, biking, walking, at speedway or hanging out with family, friends and her grandies. She currently also volunteers at Hamilton Netball, an organisation she has a passion for.
I recently retired after working for 20 years at the University of Waikato, and with time, skills and energy up my sleeve I began looking for a volunteering role for myself. In the process, I discovered Volunteering Waikato and experienced firsthand how the staff work to assist volunteers to find roles that best suit their individual skill sets, their time availability and their personal preferences. Now I’m lucky enough to have joined the Volunteering Waikato team myself, as an interviewer - meeting and getting to know volunteers, and helping to find the very best volunteering opportunities for them.
I retired from full time work in October 2017 and wanted to do some voluntary work. In my position as an interviewer for Volunteering Waikato I meet some very interesting people. I am a wife, mum to two grown up children and Nana to four grand children. They all live in Hamilton which is great for me so I can see them quite frequently. When I am not with family I am a member of the Waikato Embroiderers Guild and can often be found with needle in hand. I also like overseas travel.
Hola! I'm Shashank, a student of Psychology and Human Resource Management at the university and I’m originally from India. I chose my course of study because I have always wanted to find a way to use my strengths to help people accomplish more. Having been here for a couple of years, I’d like to believe I’ve had some wonderful adventures and learned so much from the people here. In my time here I have learned that I love to hike and just be in the outdoors!