Stef Van Meer
Stef has been employed as our part time Coordinator since March 2017. Coming back to the workforce after 11 years as a stay at home Mum, she has spent a lot of that time volunteering for the local school PTA and her daughter’s gymnastics club. With a strong background in marketing and administration, Stef is dedicated to using her skills to assist organisations with their strategic direction. She has a passion for building relationships and working with the Satisfy volunteers to create a strong and valuable team has been the high point of her role so far.
Michelle has been employed in the role as part-time Operations Support since June 2017. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to the work force doing office accounts before joining Satisfy. Michelle has a background in inventory control and logistics and has enjoyed working closely with our recipients and volunteers. Working with Satisfy to reduce food waste and redirect it to the local community has been especially rewarding.
Phil is Satisfy’s part-time Driver, starting with us in June 2017. Phil was born and raised in Canada. In 2006 he moved to New Zealand after retiring from his position as a Warden with Parks Canada. He is a firm believer in good stewardship and helping out in the community and has been involved with volunteer organizations for over 40 years. Phil trained as a Chaplain after the earthquakes and worked for the Waimakariri District Council Pastoral Care Team in Kaiapoi. He has also worked as a community Chaplain with the Hope Community Trust in Rangiora and Enrich Community Chaplaincy Trust. He is passionate about meeting and ministering to people in the marketplace.
Phillipa is a Professional Engineer who has worked in the field of road asset management for the past 17 years. She has been involved with clubs and charitable organisations her whole life, serving as a committee member of Craigieburn Valley Ski Club, leading youth ministries and womens’ ministries thorough her church involvement. She has a passion for the environment and sustainability and has always actively encouraged living lightly.
Tina retired in 2007 after spending 18 years working as a qualified Management Accountant in the retail arm of a UK major charity. During her adult life she has always been involved in supporting charities in a voluntary capacity as well as her full time job. She was Treasurer of her local Mothers Union branch for twenty years and Treasurer of her local church for the four years before emigration. She has always been interested in minimising her footprint on the earth and caring for its natural resources.
Cushla teaches at Rangiora Borough School and has been teaching for 25 years. She loves being involved in children’s and adults' learning and previously organized Adult Education for 17 years, coordinating various courses. She lives with her family on a lifestyle block in Ashley Forest and loves weekends exploring the forest area through walking and mountain biking. She also loves being creative and making things which includes her hobby of cheese-making. Cushla hates to see ANY waste and is excited by the concept of making something out of ‘not much’!
Merv is an experienced company executive and senior Operations Manager having worked for multi-national manufacturing and service sector companies over the past 20 years. He is a former member of the Institute of Directors and a qualified Manufacturing Engineer with broad experience dealing with international corporates and global experience in the procurement sector. For two years, prior to retirement, Merv was a Recovery Coordinator at Recover Canterbury helping damaged businesses back ‘on their feet’.
Kathy is a middle manager at Rangiora High School and has been working with young people since she was a teenager. She has experience leading committees and is a self-starter. As an English Teacher, Kathy brings strong verbal and written communication skills to the team. She enjoys coming up with innovative ways to solve problems. Kathy has been involved in catering for camps and groups for many years and knows how to make a little go a long way. She has a passion to see food get to those who need it, and to see local young people and families thriving physically and emotionally.
Cat is a professional Chef, Chef Tutor and Caterer. Her time is currently split between Ara Institute teaching level four cookery, teaching cooking to new migrants in the Waimakariri District, training corporate groups in food nutrition and catering to a wide range of clients with very specific dietary restrictions. With a passion for teaching fast, fresh, healthy food in uncomplicated innovative ways, Cat has developed a focus on minimising wastage from the food industry and has been achieving this through recipe development to incorporate perceived waste into an amazing end product. Cat’s interests include beach walking, travelling and edible gardening.
Anne has spent most of her working life in country communities in partnership with her husband in small business. Firstly, owning and operating an International Harvester farm machinery franchise and in later years growing export flowers. She took a hands-on management role in both enterprises and developed skills in negotiating and networking. Positions held along the way include all the usual country callings, including Chairperson and Secretary of the School Committee and Play Centre, local church administration and finding help for fundraising projects. As a flower grower she took a prominent local industry role in growers’ associations and spent three years as Chair of the NZ Calla Council.