2017 saw a big change in our behind the scenes staff, with Operations Manager Sandra Tay moving on from Helping Hoops after accepting a job offer following completion of her studies.
Sandra started with Helping Hoops in 2014, and has been working part-time while she completed a Masters of Public Policy. Like all current paid staff, Sandra began as a volunteer, but quickly showed she had an aptitude for logistical and operational tasks, which came at a time where Helping Hoops was expanding and required more help behind the scenes. Sandra particularly excelled in event management, and was instrumental in the growth of the 24 Hour Charity Shootout.
Sandra was a much loved member of the team, and we are incredibly proud of her for what she has accomplished at Helping Hoops. We are keen to she what she will achieve in her new role as Youth Project Officer at YMCA Victoria.
Thank you Sandra. Your Helping Hoops family is cheering you on.
Sandra’s departure meant a new member was to join our team, and that person ended up being Teuila Reid. Teuila brings a diverse set of skills and experience to Helping Hoops. Teuila’s professional background has been in government administration, learning and development. She has worked with children and families all over the world in the refugee, re-settlement and immigration space. After leaving the government after some 15 years, Teuila wished to contribute specifically to children in a community-focused, hands-on way.
We were incredibly impressed with Teuila’s people skills, attention to details, passion and problem solving ability, and it is no surprise that she has made an immediate impact within Helping Hoops. Teuila is charged with managing the dozens of volunteers that make our programs thrive each week, as well as supporting Helping Hoops with logistical, events and administrative tasks.
It has been a pleasure getting to know Teuila, and we feel her addition to the team is exactly what Helping Hoops needs as we embark on a period of growth going forward.