The 8 of March each year marks International Women’s Day. This day gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the women in our lives and the difference they make. This year's theme is #BalanceforBetter: it is designed to spark discussion around forging a gender-balanced world. In the spirit of building a gender-balanced working world we wanted to share with you about the wonderful women who work at Mycare. Get to know a little about each of the women at Mycare and what makes them unique, below!
From left: Natalie, Caitlin, Debbie, Angela, Linda, Emily, Nikki and Amy (on the floor) - please there are some people missing from this picture they are: Erandenee, Laurie, Imogen and Robbie.
Role: Customer Success Representative
Angela was raised on Auckland's beautiful North Shore. Her working background is diverse with roles spanning dental assistant, customer service/marketing assistant, and sales coordinator. Angela has also studied herbal medicine and has an interest in natural remedies, once teaching native healing remedies at a community eco-project. She has been known to help out some of her accident-prone colleagues with their minor injuries. In her late teens and early twenties, Angela danced with groups in shows and corporate gigs. She is still a performer, singing in a women’s acapella group, and she enjoys the friendships, personal development and skills this builds. Angela says she is also “interested and motivated about looking after our environment, personal health and wellbeing”.
Role: Software Tester
Erandanee grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She utilises her IT background bringing software-testing and analysis skills to Mycare, and is one of the two females in the development team who ensure the Mycare app and platform works. You could say Erandanee has a sweet tooth – she’s a self-professed chocolate lover, drinking hot chocolates, iced chocolates and stating chocolate is her favourite food. She also loves to bake and decorate cakes, and the aroma of sweet things baking in the oven is one of her favourite smells. Erandanee loves to spend her spare time watching Korean drama TV shows, reading mystery novels by Agatha Christie, and reading kids' story books with her daughter.
Role: Head of User Experience
Amy was born in Whangarei and moved to West Auckland when she was 12, where she’s lived ever since. Amy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Mycare, having studied psychology and law at university, and her working life has seen her working in mental health, ACC and DHBs in a variety of people- and process-orientated roles. All of this has led her to Mycare where she gets to combine all the skills she’s gathered along the way. When asked what her passions are she says “my family, my friends and my lizard – they sustain me and lift me up. I also love my job, it fulfils that drive to be involved in the change I want to see in the world”. Outside of work Amy can be found baking for her friends, family and colleagues, reading science fiction books and watching fantasy TV shows.
Role: Customer Experience Project Coordinator
Imogen was born and raised in West Auckland and brings a maturity beyond her years to Mycare. She has just begun her second year of tertiary study, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Politics, and Psychology. Imogen contributes youth, coaching, and mentoring knowledge to the team as she has an established background in youth helpline support, volunteering at Kidsline for the last five years. She has worked with the Mycare team since late 2016, variously on a casual, part-time, and full-time basis. Mycare aims to have at least one student working with them at any time to bring a different perspective to the team, and to help young people gain meaningful experience on which to build their careers. When you ask Imogen what she's passionate about, it's people: “The people around me; friends, family, my partner, and people in my extended community; peers, students, young professionals. I enjoy spending quality time around people, getting to know them and learning things from them. I am especially passionate about mental health, which has led me down the route of studying psychology and politics. Working at Mycare has helped me to better understand communities throughout New Zealand and helped me build a foundation for my career that I can continue to work on to do the things I am passionate about.” Outside of her busy study, work and volunteering schedule Imogen loves the outdoors, especially swimming at the beach. She also loves reading and being with animals; she already has three cats of her own!
Linda (or 'Aunty Linda' to some colleagues!)
Role: Customer Success Representative
Linda grew up between Auckland and Turangi, a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River. She has a broad background having spent time working in corrections, IT, and health, and also holds qualifications in forestry! Linda brings a positive attitude to Mycare and likes pushing the boundaries of her traditional role. She describes the position of being a Customer Success Representative as “being an empathiser, a sympathetic ear, a commiserator, and even an IT assistant”. Linda has an adult daughter and two young grandchildren, and outside of work she loves to spend time with her family. She is also an avid Sci-Fi fan; if she’s not out enjoying the sun gardening you will find her reading or watching science-fiction movies. Linda describes her interests and hobbies as “varied and eclectic”.
Role : Development Team Leader
Emily moved to New Zealand eight years ago to study and has now settled here. She hails from Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. When Emily came to New Zealand she enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science, at the University of Otago. Since then she has spent her time as a development entrepreneur working on three start-up companies. She says she is “passionate about building/investing in a tech product/company that has high impact on our daily life, work, etc.” Emily is one of two females on the seven-member development team and is the team leader. She is currently spending her time outside of work researching how social media impacts small enterprises.
Role: Office/Finance Manager
Nikki has a Chartered Accountancy background and also managed her own small business for 13 years. This experience is a good fit for taking care of Mycare’s day-to-day finances and office administration. She is from Christchurch and loves spending time with her two dogs and daughter Clara, and in her spare time she enjoys yoga and learning French.
Role: Communication Manager
Spending the majority of her childhood in Africa, Natalie came to New Zealand as a teenager. She has a passion for supporting people to fulfil their ambitions. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years. Her extensive knowledge of the disability sector, and lived experience of an impairment, provides her with a depth of knowledge which she applies to her daily work at Mycare. In her spare time she enjoys air-rifle shooting and has just competed in her first international event, which if all goes to plan will set her on a path to competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.