Staff

Karla Gunby

Karla Gunby

Executive Manager

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 8)
manager@ms-pd.org.nz

I have a strong background in community development and social enterprise, having worked as an adviser for nearly 7 years with the Christchurch City Council.  Before that I ran the Multicultural Services Centre in Wellington and disability organisations in London and Melbourne.

Bridget Paterson

Bridget Paterson

Fundraising and Marketing Manager

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 9)
fundraiser@ms-pd.org.nz

Most recently I owned a boutique jewellery store in The Arts Centre but prior to that I had a fundraising and marketing background, working for several sports organisations and then the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust for 11 years.

Kirsty Boggi

Kirsty Boggi

Office Administrator

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 6)
support@ms-pd.org.nz

I have a support services based background from the government sector in the United Kingdom where I worked for the past 20 years before returning home to New Zealand.

Deb Ballantyne

Deb Ballantyne

Registered Nurse

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 4)
nurse@ms-pd.org.nz

My background is in Community Nursing.  I have 12 years experience in this role including RN work, education and advocacy.

 

 

 

Lesley Williams

Lesley Williams

Social Activities Coordinator

(03) 366 2857
lesley.williams@xtra.co.nz

I have been at MS and Parkinson's for 5 years, mainly doing my morning tea socialisingand sharing any members comments andupdates with staff concerned.  Sometimes I halp with fundraising and have even managed our Friday gym!  Prior to this I worked at Kilmarnock Enterprises for 27 years.

Lisa

Lisa Wood

Yoga Teacher

(03) 366 2857
aljwood@outlook.com

I’ve been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 14 years.   I’m a IYTA (NZ) International Yoga Teachers Association qualified yoga teacher.  I’ve taught at the society for over 10 years.  The classes at the society are a pleasure and a delight to teach.  Yoga has many benefits for mind, body and soul and it’s a real privilege to pass on that information.  When I’m not teaching yoga or volunteering for St John I love to explore the Port Hills with my border terrier Monty.

Elspeth McKeon

Elspeth McKeon

Registered Nurse

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 3)
nurse@ms-pd.org.nz

My nursing background has been varied with my most recent experience as a Practice Nurse in a GP office. Prior to this, I was a neuroscience RN case manager in a large academic institution in the USA. I am excited to be working in the field of neurosciences again as this is my true passion. 

Kim Veenings

Kim Veenings

Exercise Group Leader

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 6)
exercise.class@ms-pd.org.nz

I trained as a personal trainer after the Canterbury earthquakes as a way to help myself with spinal injuries and have worked with MS and parkinson's since then.  I also work with falls prevention in the community as I know first hand how important exercise is. 

 

Lee

Lee Macintosh

Exercise Therapist

(03) 366 2857 
leemackintosh83@hotmail.com

I am a REP’s registered personal trainer and endurance coach, with a deep interest and passion for human performance, health and wellbeing. I am constantly seeking to broaden my skills as a trainer. My aim is to develop autonomy in people and for them to be able to exercise safely and efficiently without a trainer.

Tara Martin

Tara Martin

Physiotherapist

(03) 366 2857 (ext. 1)
physio@ms-pd.org.nz

I have been working as a physiotherapist with people with neurological conditions in Christchurch for the last 12 years in the public and private sector.  Prior to that I lived in the UK and worked in large NHS teaching hospitals.  Before training as a physio I trained as an opera singer and still perform regularly in Christchurch.

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Kate Webb

Social Activities and Workshop Coordinator

(03) 366 2857
social@ms-pd.org.nz

My varied background most recently comprises of working with a number of charitable organisations and not for profit organisations across the Canterbury region. With a passion for enhancing community connections, capacity building for the voluntary sector, marketing/events and fundraising, I am passionate about making a difference within the community and enhancing the lives of others.