The Outcomes We Seek Are:
- the wellbeing, safety and quality of life for those with a breast cancer diagnosis and their whānau is enhanced
- those with a breast cancer diagnosis are not socially isolated but are connected and engaged
Cost is no barrier – we don't want payment to be a consideration for our clients
Locally focused – Tauranga & WBOP surrounds
Delivering best practice – learning from and sharing with other organisations
Meet The Team
Helen Alice, Service Manager
Ngaire Laker-Metz, Service Support - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Gill Collins, Service Support - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
It's wonderful to be back as part of the team. I worked here a year ago and now will be covering for Kath while she is away - that makes me the recycled member of the team! I know how I felt when I got my breast cancer diagnosis in 2011 and truly valued the support I received from Breast Cancer Support in Tauranga. I am passionate about supporting others that have also had a diagnosis and what a privilege it is for me to be able to offer support while Kath is away.
The Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust is governed by a wonderful group who give their time, passion and expertise voluntarily.
Lara Burkhardt (Chairperson)
Holland Beckett have been proud supporters of the Trust for a number of years and my involvement continues that support.
Jocelyn Gascoigne (Treasurer)
Prior to my move to Tauranga in 1999, I spent many years in the travel industry starting out as a travel consultant and the last 10 years with Thomas Cook NZ of which the last five years were in Management roles in Travel and Foreign Exchange.
I live on a lifestyle block with my partner Ross and enjoy the country life.
My great love is photography and spending time with family and friends recording celebrations, so in my spare time you will still find me at my computer, editing photos and creating art. Movies and documentaries are also right up there at the top of the list but I guess that's understandable given my profession!
Desiree de Spong
I have three children , one of whom is at university so when I am not keeping busy with them I enjoy gardening, walking and photography.
Jess is an In-House Lawyer at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana. She previously worked as a Senior Solicitor at a local Tauranga firm in the Employment, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team. Prior to that, Jess worked for six years as a Solicitor in Melbourne where she represented WorkSafe Victoria, insurers and employers in litigation.
Jess relocated from Australia in mid 2016. She is enjoying the sea change particularly living on her rural property with her husband and numerous pets.
I have called NZ home since 1990. On moving here from the UK I settled in Dunedin. I have a background in the civil service and senior administration. I retired in 2014 and moved to Tauranga.
I have been involved with BCSS since the end of 2015 in a number of voluntary roles including as a support buddy and I joined the board in mid 2017.
I particularly admire the way many service are provided by BCXX Trust to local people with breast cancer and their families. Clients are dealt with respectfully by the staff and many volunteers with whom they may have contact.
A personal journey through breast cancer - more than 20 years ago now - allows me to understand and be empathetic to those going through their journey and help them on their way. I am very pleased to be able to say that many improvements have been made to both treatment and attitudes in our society over that period of time.