Communicare is staffed by a small team of dedicated professionals, who bring a range of experience and skills to their roles, often wearing different hats to ensure all aspects of the services offered are carried out in line with our Vision, “to conserve, promote and advance generally the social welfare, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of isolated senior persons in the hope of meeting the challenges of aging and social isolation.”
General Manager – Sudha
Sudha Bhana brings 14 years of not-for-profit experience to the General Manager role at Communicare. Having worked both in NZ for iconic not-for-profit organizations such as Plunket NZ and also overseas for the NZ Chamber of Commerce Singapore, the world of charity has become her addiction. Charities have their own unique set of challenges with regards to funding, part-time roles and volunteer services yet the support they provide are the back bone of New Zealand culture, which is to essentially help those in need.
Born in Pukekohe, South Auckland from humble beginnings, I had a very grounded upbringing. I definitely thank my grandparents who made the Journey from India in the 1900’s, it is their hard work and vision that set the groundwork for future generations. I do believe that we should fully appreciate the past to make the very best of the present which can continue to enhance the future.
Arriving at Communicare just over 3 years ago, it was a pleasure to take on a role that would continue to enrich the lives of seniors. Communicare has such a rich legacy of well over 55 years of service within the Auckland Community. The balance of preserving this while ensuring sustainability for the future has become my mission.
Our vision to conserve, promote and advance generally the social welfare, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of isolated senior persons in the hope of meeting challenges of aging and social isolation is reflected in our centers. There is a real joy in meeting our members some of whom have a loyalty of over 40 years and how they look forward to attending each week or our valued volunteers who have offered their generosity for more than 50 years of service. This is what Communicare is about.
Eileen Asbury has been Communicare’s craft therapist for more than 20 years. Eileen also organises annual events such as the Communicare Olympics and Indoor Bowling Tournaments, bringing members from all of the 21 centres together for a day of friendly competition.
Sharon, who has been our accounts guru for over 5 years, also has a degree in mechanical engineering and was a champion gymnast in her early years. With two young daughters, Sharon manages to balance a busy schedule of family and work, while still maintaining a calming influence despite a hectic agenda.
Selina comes from a not-for-profit background with a healthy dose of administration experience, event and volunteer management, reception and much more.
The newest member of the Admin Team, Viv brings her fundraising experience to Communicare, researching and applying to funding agencies and community sponsors to ensure that we are able to maintain standards and services, at a time when the not-for-profit sector are facing overall competition and restrictions to funding resources.
West Auckland Field Officer & Coordinator
Linda is both field officer and centre coordinator for the three West Auckland Friendship centres at Te Atatu, Henderson and Massey. Linda is our longest serving field officer and is also one of our official assessors for the Auckland Transport Total Mobility cards.
South Auckland Field Officer
Field officer for the South Auckland area, Marie is also available for Total Mobility assessments. Call the office on 09 631 5968 for more information.
Central and East Auckland Field Officer
The latest member of our team of field officers, Robyn is also available for Total Mobility assessments. Call the office on 09 631 5968 for more information.