Manager - Yvette

Hi.  I'm Yvette and I have been working for BOSCO since October 2007.  I'm employed full-time and do all the administration side of running all programmes.  I help out in the programmes when needed, which I totally love.  I am on the board of the OSCAR Network in Christchurch (Chairperson). 

I thoroughly love the diversity of my job and spending time and getting to know each and every child. I love how every day is so different.

I have completed training in (in order): Comprehensive First aid (renewed every 2 years), Child Protection (CYFS), Behaviour Management (Growing good children), Intercultural awareness in OSCAR, Health and Safety, Child Behaviour (levels 1, 2 & 3), What is autism/aspergers, Creative crafts, Making the world of difference for children/tamariki in OSCAR, Emergency 101, Go kids!Get active, The wacky scientists OSCAR laboratory, Emergency Management, I want to play too, I'm only 5, Water safety, Recognising and responding to child abuse (Child Matters), Journey of hope, Relationships and the brain, Behaviour strategies, Child behaviour - sad not bad, Anaphylactic training, Kiwi kids and mental health, What did you say, Foodtastic, Kiwi kids and mental health strategies, Treaty of Waitangi, Practical Strategies for challenging behaviour, Mood Management, Social Skills, Code of Ethics, Trauma through the eyes of a child, Journey of Hope, Developing Brain, Child Protection, Older children, Understanding and managing ADHD and oppositional behaviour, Just a bit of fun, Children's brain research, Working together to improve the outcome for vulnerable children (CYFs and Child Matters), Keep calm and keep your pants on, Get of the couch games, Treasure trove play workshop, Safe food handling (Food Safety Act 2014), Save your sanity - proactive strategies for challenging behaviour (focusing on ADHD, ASD and oppositional behaviour), Water Safety, Strategies for Challenging behaviours in children 10+, Deescalation. 

I have also completed management training in (in order): ,Power up course (accomplish Cash Manager),Funding and Finance, Train the Trainers (levels 1 & 2), Staff recruitment and induction, Strategic Funding, Let's look at employment, How to be a good employer, Everything you want to know about Inland Revenue, Engaging your future (excuses or accountability), The future of Community (implications for what we do and how we do it), Managing conflict in adults, How to prevent Fraud, Fun with funding,Stepping up to leadership, Vulnerable Childrens' Act in an OSCAR Setting.

I have completed the OSCAR Out of School Care and Recreation certificate through the Open Polytechnic with a merit and 40 credits.

I'm married to Tony, and have been for 15 years (together 19).  Together we have 2 children, Caitlyn who is 18  (attends Villa Maria College) and Dominic who is 14 (attends St Thomas of Canterbury College). In my free time (hmm whats that) I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking, gardening, reading and of course cleaning (yes I'm weird). 

Supervisor - Juanita 

Hi, my name is Juanita. I started working for BOSCO in February 2017

I have completed training in (in order): Comprehensive First aid (renewed every 2 years), Child Protection, Dealing with challenging behaviour, New to OSCAR, Safe Food Handling (Food Safety Act 2014), Children with Autismn, Preparing your emergency Plan, Health and Safety, Water Safety, Vulnerable Children's Act in an OSCAR Setting, challenging behaviours in children 10+, cultural awareness and Treaty of Waitangi, Desclatation. 

I am married to Jake and we have a 14 year old son, Juan.  We are from South Africa but already feel very much at home here in Christchurch.

I graduated from University with a B.Ed degree and have since then been teaching. I have 15 years International teaching experience in ages ranging from 3 to 18 years. I have teaching experience in England, South Africa and Taiwan. This helped me to learn about and adapt to different cultures, environments and languages. I have gained lots of experience over the years and this helps me to manage and handle children with challenging behaviours. I also have experience in special needs children as I worked at a special needs school in South Africa. I love working with children and to help them reach their full potential.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. A good BBQ, watching rugby, fishing, biking and movies are among my favourite things to do. 

Assistant - Christelle

Hi, my name is Christelle. I started working for BOSCO in December 2017.

I have completed training in (in order): Comprehensive First aid and Introduction to working with children with ADHD, working with children with ADHD - level 2.

I am currently into my second year at the University of Canterbury working towards a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning to become a primary school teacher. 

In my spare time I enjoy being active and outdoors. Playing sports as well as watching sports and reading a good book are also among some of my favourite things to do.

Assistant - Leonie R

Hi, I am Leonie and  I started working for BOSCO in June 2018.

I have completed training in (in order): Child First Aid, Child Protection/Family Violence, Child Development - I am only 5, Strategies for challenging behaviours in children 10+ years, assisting behaviour change in children, Introduction to ADHD, Working with children with ADHD level 2, Treaty of Waitangi and cultural awareness, Health & Safety, assisting behaviour change in children - developing a positive behaviour support plan.

In July 2017 I moved from Durban, South Africa to Queenstown, New Zealand. Although I worked in an office for a Corporate Company for the last 32 years, I love working with children and have always been actively involved in my community, assisting Sunday School and Senior Primary with fundraising, it was my responsibility to arrange the children’s events e.g. fun day with all water sports, jumping castle and face painting. 

I have been a Sunday School teacher for the last 20 years, where I educated the children from grade 0 to 7. I arranged all the classes, picnics, sleepovers and all other outdoor activities. Being a Sundays School teacher gave me the opportunity to mold our future generations. I am a confident, knowledgeable worker, dedicated to creating a stimulating, encouraging, safe happy atmosphere for each child’s individual needs. During the years I have developed strong skills in supporting young children, and I am genuinely passionate about child care.

I am happily married to Des and we have 4 children Cole 32, Kerry 30, Monique 29 and Charlise 24.

In my spare time I really enjoy being active and outdoors e.g. bike riding, New Zealand is an amazing place and I love exploring on the weekends. 

Assistant - Luna-May
Hi, my name is Luna-May and I started working for BOSCO in February 2019.

I have completed training in (in order): Comprehensive First aid and Child Protection.

I currently hold a first aid certificate which was completed in the Seychelles. I worked in the Seychelles as a conservation intern with turtles, tortoises and sharks. If I have spare time I spend it with my animals, such as going on tramps with my dog. 

Prior to BOSCO I worked as a math tutor where I discovered my passion for working with children.  

I am currently completing my second year of tertiary education at the University of Canterbury, studying a bachelor of science in environmental science and geography and a second degree in law. 


Assistant - Aimee

Hi my name is Aimee and I started working for BOSCO in May 2019.

I have completed training in (in order): Comprehensive First Aid. 

I am currently in my second year at the University of Canterbury studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography and Environmental Science.

When I am not attending university, I am home in Lake Taupo where I have always been deeply involved with my community.

Apart from studying, I love to get outdoors and head up the mountain to ski, head out on the mountain bike trails and play football. 

Assistant - Lesly

Kia ora, my name is Lesly and I started working for BOSCO in April 2019. 

I have completed training in (in order): Child Protection Training Introduction Level, Health and Safety and Your Duty of Care, and Workplace First Aid.

I am a born-and-raised Californian and I have recently moved here to Christchurch to hopefully become a kiwi someday. My partner is from New Zealand and is one of the main reasons I decided to travel to this beautiful country

Back in the States, I worked as a children’s camp counselor at Camp Sonshine for a summer and it greatly inspired me to continue growing my passion for childcare. I love how imaginative and exciting children are, and how much they teach me to find joy in the simplest of things.

In my spare time I enjoy hanging with people I love, doing anything art-related, exploring nature, and drinking a good cup of coffee.