The team

National Executive Board

Job Descriptions

Roszanne Davidson
Roszanne Davidson
National Conference Liaison - National Conference Support Person

Portfolios: National Conferences and Public Awareness

Email: dtconference@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                     Mob: 0273214211

I am a Registered Diversional Therapist from Gore. I’m married to a wonderful man Lex. I’ve 3 girls all married with 4 children each with 8 great grandchildren. Other than my family I have 2 passions.  They are:  the union -I can’t stand bad employers and seeing them treats their hard-working staff badly- and Diversional therapy. I am part of Te Runanga; the union committee that represents Maori members and ensures the voice of tangata whenua is strong in everything ETU union do. I love Conferences; it’s the only time I can do face to face networking with like-minded people. And what it can do for all walks of life.

Dementia comes close to my heart, Doll therapy, Music therapy; exploring craft are also worth a mention. People that know me know I’m a Christmas lover in craft.

Kerrie Burrow
Kerrie Burrow
Magazine Editor - Newsletter Editions Public Awareness

Portfolios: Newsletter Editions and Public Awareness

Email: dtnewsletter@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                     Mob: 0275219663

I am a Registered Diversional Therapists; I work as a DT in a 15 bed secure Dementia unit, I love my job and enjoy going to work everyday. I was born and bred in Westport, a turn West Coaster. I really enjoy the outdoors, biking and walking and I have traveled extensively. For my next adventures i intend to go bike touring. I have two beautiful daughters, whom I am very close too and a crazy dog!

Subha Ray
Subha Ray
Secretary - Policies Procedures Public Awareness

Portfolios: Policies, Procedures and Public Awareness

Email: secretary@diversionaltherapy.net.nz             Mob: 0211291450

I am a Registered Diversional Therapists working for BUPA Rosedale in Waikato. I am a qualified and trained physiotherapist from India. In India, I have worked with mostly with Children special needs. I have also worked in the Middle East for a year and half as a physiotherapist specifically with female clients. My qualifications include Bachelors of physiotherapy, Post Grad Diploma in sports and exercise Science, National Certificates in Management, Leadership and National certificate in Diversional Therapy. I am passionate about how WE Diversional Therapists are changing the world!

I live in New Zealand with my husband and son. I speak three different languages, I love learning new things, I enjoy keeping myself up to date with any relevant training that enhances my personal and professional development.

Kristine Estillore
Kristine Estillore
Webmaster - Website Social Media Public Awareness

Portfolios: Website, Social Media and Public Awareness

Email: socialmedia@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                 Mob: 0224261394

I am a Registered Diversional Therapist working for Kumeu Village Rest Home, which opened just 3 years ago, and we pride ourselves for being an Eden Alternative Philosophy facility. I’m originally from the Philippines and have been a Registered Nurse back home. I have a passion for music and have been playing the piano since I was 5. I also play the organ, drums, guitar and a little bit of violin. I am passionate about educating others with anything related to DT. I believe that this is a time to merge our great ideas for the improvement of our roles in the society now that Diversional Therapy is booming in the Allied Health Industry.

Kimm Prasad
Kimm Prasad
Vice-president - Education International Relations Cultural Awareness Public Awareness

Portfolios: Education, International Relations, Public and Cultural Awareness

Email: vicepresident@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                                    Mob: 02102293100

I am a Registered Diversional Therapist and I am originally from Fiji. I work as the Lead Diversional Therapist, Weekend Manager at Avonlea Dementia Rest home and Hospital Care in Christchurch for 10 years now. As DT’s we face many changes in day to day basis, as we can see now there are many people presenting with early onset dementia at a very young age, residents with different cultural, religious and ethics backgrounds coming into care. We want to ensure that every individual is accepted as they are and the best quality of life we can offer.

Aleisha Dobson
Aleisha Dobson
Historian - Society History Collection Public Awareness

Portfolios: Society History Collection and Public Awareness

Email: historian@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                              Mob: 0210726755

I am a Registered Diversional Therapist and the Day Centre Coordinator at Alzheimer’s Northland (Whangarei). Apart from my Coordinator role, I am currently a consumer voice on the DHB Restraint Committee, which has given me more insight into the importance of having a voice and listening to others. My partner of 21 years and I have one son who is eleven and quite involved in a variety of sporting and other activities in our community. I am passionate about delivering programmes that are client directed, that make real, meaningful and positive differences to our clients/carers lives and I am committed to ensuring staff and myself continue to enhance our skills and experience through on-going training opportunities.

Yuan (Suki) Xu
Yuan (Suki) Xu
Treasurer - Administration Database Public Awareness

Portfolios: Administration, Database and Public Awareness

Email: treasurer@diversionaltherapy.net.nz              Mob: 02102466924

I am Registered Diversional Therapist working in the community for Geneva Health in Auckland. I was born in China and happily single. I am also a Pet therapist and I enjoy taking my dog Miya around care homes to deliver happiness for older adults in care. I am passionate about Diversional Therapy and making a difference in people’s lives. I am recently started my academic journey with UNITEC in Auckland, I am hoping to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in “Health and Social Development”.

Melissa Foulkes
Melissa Foulkes
Registrar - Registrations Renewals Membership Database Public Awareness

Portfolios: Registrations, Renewals, Membership, Database and Public Awareness

Email: dtregistrar@diversionaltherapy.net.nz OR dtmembership@diversionaltherapy.net.nz

Mob: 0272114072

 I am very passionate about aged care, I work in a 25-bed secure dementia facility, 11 rest home beds, I worked in a private hospital 6 years ago for 12 years. I have served on the NZSDRT Inc. National Executive previously for 5 years.  I have been a Diversional Therapist for 15 years I have also managed a woman’s gym for 3 years, so people are my passion.

I love working with people and I am also passionate about learning.  I have done several online courses that relate to Dementia and Management I am also a Career force workplace assessor.  I own a dry stock farm with my husband of 19 years and our lovely Labrador Hershey who is 10 years old.

Orquidea Tamayo Mortera
Orquidea Tamayo Mortera
President - Education International Relations Cultural Awareness Public Awareness

Portfolios: Education, International Relations, Public and Cultural Awareness

Email: president@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                             Mob: 021818344

I am Registered Diversional Therapist currently working as the Group Diversional Therapists for The Selwyn Foundation in Auckland. I am originally from Mexico, happily married and with a huge passion for making a difference in people’s lives, I have been working in the main three care Industries (Aged care, mental health and disabilities) for almost 20 years in New Zealand and Overseas. Some of my qualifications include a Degree on International Relations & Human Rights, Management and Leadership. I also do honorary advising for the New Zealand Loneliness Organisation. We are living in times where people with our skills are needed more than ever in the health care industry. I believe that is time for Diversional and Recreational Therapists to get professional recognition that we deserve in Aotearoa.

Larissa Dunnett
Larissa Dunnett
Regional Support Groups Liaison - Regional Support Groups Public Awareness

Portfolios: Regional Support Groups and Public Awareness

Email: rsg@diversionaltherapy.net.nz                                            Mob: 0210700388

Registered Diversional Therapist, team leader at Woburn Masonic Care and the President for the Wellington Region Support group.

I live in wellington with my two teenage children and my wonderful husband.

I take great pride in what I do, with a real passion for improving the quality of life for my residents through constant improvement in

the quality of my own knowledge and education in the field of Diversional Therapy.

I love being a part of the executive, learning more and helping wherever I can as

we grow together to enhance Diversional therapy within New Zealand.

Registration Board Members

Shaz Blackburn
Shaz Blackburn

Hello everyone, I am a Registered Diversional Therapist, I am originally a Christchurch girl who moved to Nelson 12 months ago. I am currently working at Flaxmore Heritage Life Care. I am very passionate about my roles; I am an active member of our local Support Groups, in Christchurch and in Nelson. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner, my adult children, family and friends. I also enjoy socializing having fun, dining out, camping, movies, as well as, Scrap Booking when I can.

Kathleen Edwards
Kathleen Edwards

I am a Registered Diversional Therapist; I am the chairperson of the West Auckland support group. I love spending my spare time walking my dog and spending time with my three grand children.

Christine Tweedie
Christine Tweedie

I am a Registered Diversional Therapists; I work as a DT at Woodcote Retirement Village in Hornby. I love my job and enjoy going to work everyday. I was born and bred in Christchurch New Zealand. I have done a lot of travelling in my life and still plan to do a lot more before I’m living in a retirement village myself. I have one son whom I am very close too. I enjoy walking everyday and spending time in my garden. I share my house with my adorable cat called Tess.

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