The Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust employs support workers who have been through breast cancer themselves and is governed by a wonderful group who give their time, passion and expertise voluntarily.

Meet our Support Team

Ngaire Laker-Metz

Service Support - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
My breast cancer journey began in 1998 and  I remember clearly how shocked and frightened I was when first diagnosed. I also remember how valuable the support I received from  Breast Cancer Support Tauranga was. Family and friends were great, but being able to meet and talk with other women starting treatment and those who were years down the track, looking great, back at work and enjoying life made me realise that I could get through the year of treatment that lay ahead. Now it is time to pay if forward,  and it is wonderful to be working at something I am passionate about. Every day no matter what we are doing we are working to benefit the men and women who have had their world rocked by breast cancer. I love my job!

Kath Hamilton

Service Support - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

My breast cancer diagnosis was in 2013 and support from this organisation made a big difference to my recovery.  Here I am once again back with the Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust after leaving for a two year stint back with family in the UK.  I feel blessed to be able to undertake this role again and look forward to offering support to those who are going through breast cancer.

Helen Alice

Service Manager
Nga mihi nui, I've been Service Manager  since December 2015. I am delighted to bring my not-for-profit management experience to such a worthwhile organisation that really makes a difference in our local community. Like many of us, I have been close to people who have had breast cancer and so this mahi is close to my heart. Every day I get to connect up with people who are generous and compassionate and who want to make a contribution to their community and without them our service would not be possible. I just may have the best job in the world!

Jill Forlong

Supporter Engagement Worker
After going through breast cancer myself in 2014 and being involved with several large breast cancer fundraisers since then I began work for the Trust in 2017 to assist with the organisation of fundraising events,gaining sponsorship and the management of volunteers.  Having a background in planning and being very community minded I love using my skills in a new positive way to help those going through a difficult time in their lives whilst raising funds to enable the Trust to continue and grow the wonderful services and support they offer.  I am humbled to work for the Trust and be involved with such a fabulous team.

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Meet our Trustees

Lara Burkhardt (Chairperson)

Lara has been a board member since 2012. A lawyer,  she specialises in resource management and Māori Interests. Lara is Whangarei born and of Ngati Whatua descent.  She completed her high schooling in Tauranga which is now her home.

Jocelyn Gascoigne (Treasurer)

Jocelyn is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been a principal of Connect2 Chartered Accountants in Tauranga since 2002. Jocelyn joined the board as treasurer in 2017.  She enjoys fishing (particularly trout), gardening and avocados (both eating and helping her husband Peter at their orchard).

Cathryn Earwaker

Cath is principal of ‘Recordit” a film production business offering corporate clients a professional, high end recording and editing service.  Having moved to Tauranga in 1999 Cath joined the board in 2012.

Cathy Rolleston

With over 40 years experience as a Registered Nurse, Cathy specializes in oncology and cancer nursing. She works at Waipuna Hospice as a palliative care nurse in the inpatients unit. Prior to this she worked for 7 years with the Kaitiaki Nursing as the Team Leader providing cancer nursing care to a predominantly Maori client group. Cathy joined the board in 2013.

Jessica Easton

Jess is an In-House Lawyer at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana. Jess relocated from Australia in mid 2016 and joined the board in that same year.

Claire Keen

Claire is Manager of Althorp Village. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, Claire  was overwhelmed by the tremendous care and support she received from BCSS, family and friends.  She has been  a support buddy and board member since early 2019. Claire is passionate about using her business acumen and her networking abilities to pay it forward for those in our community with breast cancer.

Christine Wenzlick

Christine joined the board in early 2019 and is also a support buddy for the service. As someone who had breast cancer treatment prior to moving to Tauranga she is keen to be part of an organisation that offers such fantastic support for those going through breast cancer.

 

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