Originally from the UK I have lived in New Zealand for over 31 years and have nearly 30 years experience working within the New Zealand Not For Profit sector having worked in both the Mental Health and Disability sectors.
I have held a variety of roles that range from operational to office management and I am very excited to have the role of Trust Manager. I have gathered a range of experience from relationship management, funding, governance and management of small teams and I thrive on working towards organizational improvement and development.
Since joining the Wilson Home Trust in 2017, I have enjoyed connecting with families across the regions and am passionate about ensuring that families have access to resources and support that will enhance their lives and wellbeing.
I feel it is a privilege to work for such an amazing organization and I also enjoy the opportunity to work alongside the other services on the Takapuna site that support physically disabled children and young adults.
When I’m not at work I enjoy, swimming, walking my dog, playing the bagpipes, and spending time with my family.
Services & Support Co-ordinator
I am originally from Cape Town South Africa and moved to New Zealand with my family 20 years ago. I have three children and two grandchildren.
I am very passionate about family, and I always seek ways to make a difference in the lives of others
I have enjoyed working with children with disabilities, and my last role was working at Wairau Valley Special School for ten years as a Teacher Aide.
I joined the Wilson Home Trust three years ago as the Service and Support Coordinator and I am thrilled to have such a varied role. It’s great to be able to connect with the children and families across the region and also meet up with the organisations that support physically disabled children and young people.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking and spending time with my family and especially my grandchildren. I also manage to find some time to do voluntary work in the community.
Justine van Dam
Wedding & Events Co-ordinator
Waitoki in the northwest of Auckland is home. with my husband and our two girls, we moved rural two years ago. Now with the six chickens, a well-established protea patch and two acres there is always something to do!
As the Wedding Events Coordinator for Wilson Trust Home you will find me either behind the scenes of our weddings and events or up the front officiating.
In 2015, I graduated with a diploma in Celebrant Studies from the New Zealand Celebrant School and I have been a registered Independent Wedding & Civil Union Celebrant ever since, I find the work immensely rewarding and feel privileged to be part of such special occasions.
I have a special connection with the Wilson home as my father New Zealand Entertainer, Tony William, after suffering from Osteomyelitis caused through a rugby injury was a resident in the 1950. Whilst bedridden he picked up his first guitar and his musical career began.
I have worked at the Wilson Home Trust for 20 years and am responsible for looking after the buildings and grounds and keeping the site looking amazing.
I enjoy working at such a beautiful place as the site is set in bush with sea views and I love the opportunity to work alongside the amazing teams that work with the disabled children and young people here on site.
I bring a breadth of experience to this role having worked on a range of building and property management projects.
In my spare time I l love to go fishing and spend time with my family and especially my gorgeous grandchildren.
As the Trust Administrator, I am available to help with any questions relating to the processing of the following grants: Equipment / Activity, Young Adult, Holiday and Home Modificaton. I also assist with accounts administration for accounts payable and other general admin duties associated with the day-to-day running of the Trust.
Most of my working life was spent in various admin roles whilst living in the UK. Since moving to New Zealand in 2009, I have worked as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector and in my last role I worked for a charity raising funds for physically disabled children in third world countries, and it is now such a privilege to work for the Wilson Home Trust where every day is different and I enjoy helping and assisting our beneficiary families with any questions or queries they may have regarding our grants.
Originally from the UK, I moved to New Zealand with my husband Blair and son Jack. In my spare time I enjoy walking and cycling with family and friends – when I walk on our beautiful beaches on a typical sunny day, I am reminded how lucky we are to live here.