Chief Executive Officer
Before joining Sweet Louise, Fiona was the Development Manager at ChildFund New Zealand. Prior to this, she was the Director of Bana Ba Letsatsi in Botswana and the Program Manager of Timboti Trust in South Africa.
“Sweet Louise reminds me every day why I am extremely lucky to work in the not for profit sector. It has roots firmly within communities, working with New Zealanders who are dealing with a devastating diagnosis that changes their world, and that of their families.
Everyday I get to meet, hear or read about our Members who show tremendous strength and humility in the face of Secondary Breast Cancer. Despite what the news tells us, this job reminds me that the vast majority of people in the world are good and want to help. I enjoy the continual motivation to break down barriers so that any New Zealander who needs our support has access to it.”
Prior to joining the Sweet Louise team, Liz worked for YWCA Auckland and the Heart Foundation.
“I feel blessed to be part of a team who support those living with secondary breast cancer. Our members’ stories are humbling and it is a daily reminder to make sure we love and appreciate the people in our lives.
Our donors, supporters and volunteers are incredibly generous. I look forward to helping Sweet Louise continue to receive such amazing support.”
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Fundraising & Communications Coordinator
Eva has recently come home to Auckland after three years living and traveling abroad. After teaching English in Japan she flew further afield to London where she worked for a large health charity.
“Coming back to New Zealand I knew I wanted to get involved in my community and help those in need. I feel very grateful to have this opportunity at Sweet Louise. I am joining a wonderful team and I look forward to helping, supporting and strengthening the lives of our members and their families.”
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Rachel loves getting out and about, meeting new people. She has a broad background in sales, events and sponsorship. After working in the corporate and SME sector, Rachel wanted to join an organisation that makes a real difference in the lives of others and is excited to be a part of Sweet Louise.
“Our members are such amazing people – their admirable strength and attitude is humbling yet incredibly motivating. It’s wonderful to work in a team that tirelessly strives to deliver value to their members”
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Team Leader Support Coordinators
Joanna has been working as a Counsellor and Arts Therapist at Auckland Hospices prior joining Sweet Louise. Joanna is also an artist and brings a creative spark to her work and life approach.
“Working within palliative care is very special. Sweet Louise is a wonderful organisation that helps women and men with incurable breast cancer live their lives to the fullest. It is a wonderful opportunity and a great honor to assist the Support Coordinator team members to continue to deliver a service that makes a real difference.”
Support Coordinator, Wellington & Christchurch
For the past 22 years Tracy has worked at Mary Potter Hospice as an occupational therapist in palliative care. “Many people I have worked with in hospice have spoken of the positive support they have received from Sweet Louise. I see this role as a privilege, to be able to journey with Sweet Louise Members and to offer care and support as I can,” says Tracy.
“I am excited that the work is a team effort with partners, volunteers, and of course the wider Sweet Louise team.”
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Anna has joined Sweet Louise after time out from the workforce raising her three young daughters. She has a background in health research funding and is grateful to be working for a charity that provides such practical support to its members.
“It is a privilege to work for an organisation which works to better the lives of those living with incurable breast cancer. I am looking forward to working with our generous funders and supporters to help create special moments and experiences for our members and their families.”
Support Coordinator, Manawatu, Mid-Central & Hawke’s Bay
Geraldine is a registered nurse, having worked in a variety of clinical areas at Palmerston North Hospital, including Diabetes Clinical Trials for seven years and the medical oncology unit for six years.
“Sweet Louise offers such a lovely gift of help and support for women and men living with secondary breast cancer. We help with connections within the health care area and services for our Members, ensuring their access to the best care as possible.
I have privilege of being able to develop relationships with our Members during a special time in their lives and offering support and services that may help them live as well as they can. It’s about making them feel special, empowered, connected and helping to create more positive lives.”
Christine is a very accomplished baker and owned and managed her own cafe for years. She decided to give it up last year (although she still bakes) and come and work for Sweet Louise. She says she has always known about Sweet Louise because of Louise Perkins:
“Through mutual friends, I knew of Louise and very much admired her spirit and courage. When this job came up, I thought that it would be lovely to work for an organisation inspired by the life of someone that I knew of.”
Support Coordinator, Auckland
“I am both excited and humbled to work at Sweet Louise. I really value how focused this organisation is on the needs and well being of it’s members.”
Support Coordinator Waikato and Bay of Plenty
Angela has worked as a Radiation Therapist in Wellington and Waikato Hospitals, and more recently has worked in her Whakatane community linking people with services and support that has a focus on mental health and well-being. In her spare time Angela likes spending time with family, drinking coffee, baking and making the most out of the local beaches and bush walks in and around the Bay of Plenty.
“I am exited to be working with such a caring and vibrant Sweet Louise team and am really looking forward to meeting the members in my area”.
Sarah worked in financial services for 15 years before joining the Sweet Louise team. After changing her work-life balance, Sarah now has a portfolio of small accounting clients.
“The Sweet Louise team is very special and I love working with such an incredible and team. Everyone is there for the same reason and working towards the same goal.
I grew up with the Perkins family so working for Sweet Louise is very personal to me. It’s something I’m passionate about and love that I can be a part of such an important organisation. What Sweet Louise does for women and men living with secondary breast cancer is simply amazing.”
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Karri is returning to the workforce after starting a family and migrating to her third country. Originally from the US state of Vermont, Karri worked in the division of Medical Journals and Professional Periodicals of the American Academy of Pediatrics for several years. Karri has a strong interest in public health, not-for-profit organisations, and academic knowledge and resources.