Our Staff

GPAC strives to employ trained and untrained staff of both genders covering different ages and backgrounds. This facilitates a range of ways to build relationships with children and families. All GPAC staff must pass the Working With Children Check and the service imbeds a culture of transparency to protect all stakeholders.

PERMANENT STAFF

CO-ORDINATOR

My name is: Nicole Giezekamp 
I am: 45 years old
I grew up in: a small village in Bavaria, Germany
I now live in: Grays Point

Experience in working with children so far:
I started working at Activity Centre in 2006, in 2007 I completed my Cert IV in OOSH and have been the Co-ordinator since 2008. Since 2012 I have also held the position of  Nominated Supervisor of our service.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
Putting on my gumboots and going for an explore around the village with my friends and my cat. We buried treasure and dead mice, built dams, climbed on trees, went up the church tower before it struck the full hour, skied and ice skated, walked on stilts, ..

3 reasons why I like working with children:

  1. My favourite thing is seeing children use their imagination and what they can create
  2. I love teaching them about the environment and being able to support their play in nature
  3. My vision is to give them a place they love coming to that meets their needs and interests and is fun to be at

My Funniest/Best/Most memorable GPAC moment
One of my favourite moments was one afternoon when we spontaneously made banana bread, sat around the table and sang songs. It felt like being a big (German) family.

ASSISTANT CO-ORDINATOR 

My name is: Tracy McCall 
I am: 55 years old
I grew up in: Grays Point Rd Grays Point
I now live in: North West Arm Rd Grays Point

Experience in working with children so far...
Cert IV OOSH
8 years GPAC Coordinator 1988 – 1996
10 years Childrens Minister Gymea Anglican 2001-2011
2 ½ years GPAC Educational Leader 2012 to present

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was...
Making up clubs with the neighbourhood kids.
I also enjoyed sport and drawing.

3 reasons why I like working with children...
I like getting to know children, I like their openness and honesty, I like playing a part in their discovery of learning something new.

My Funniest/Best/Most memorable GPAC moment
My most memorable time was helping some of the boys put the “Bear Grills” afternoon together. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun for everyone.

MENU COORDINATOR

 

My Name is:  Tyson McCall
I am: 21 years old 
I grew up in: Grays Point 
I now live in: Grays Point

 

Experience in working with children so far…
I have had a weeks’ work experience at GPAC in 2013. I have assisted Tracy McCall while she was working as a Children’s Minister at Gymea Anglican. I have completed my Cert IV OOSH traineeship with GPAC in 2016 and have been employed with GPAC since 2014.

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was…
I enjoyed playing sports, both soccer and hockey
I enjoyed painting
I enjoyed reading and watching cartoons

3 Reasons why I like to work with children at GPAC...
The kids are great to be around, their honest humour is always hilarious.
Being able to work outdoors enjoying the games I loved as a child.
Being apart of the next generation of Grays Point kids coming through and having the opportunity to be a mentor figure for some kids going into high school.

2017 GPAC TRAINEE

My Name is: Michelle Cummins
I am: 30 years old
I grew up in: Kareela
I now live in: Kareela

Experience in working with children so far…
I studied childcare at TAFE. I have been involved in various Children’s Ministry groups including after school clubs, camps and holiday programs for the past 10 years.

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was...
I enjoyed games outside and riding a bike

3 Reasons why I like to work with children at GPAC...
To get to know the children and their families
To have fun
To learn from the children

CASUAL STAFF

My name is: Brianna Hunt
I am: 21 years old
I grew up in: Grays Point
I now live in: Grays Point

Experience in working with children so far… 
I have been working in a children’s clothing store for the last four years and three years with GPAC in which I spend most of the time interacting which children and parents. 

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was...
I was always a very creative child so I enjoyed anything that was crafty; I also loved to cook so I was always found in the kitchen when I was home. Other activities I enjoyed were playing sport with my brother

3 Reasons why I like to work with children at GPAC...

  1. As I went to Grays Point school, it is really great to be back there working with children who I was once exactly like.
  2. I love getting involved with the activities with the children as admittedly I also have fun doing them.
  3. I enjoy chatting to the kids about school, what they like to do and getting to know them all.

My name is: Ethan Crawshaw
I am: 18 years old
I grew up in: Grays Point
I now live in: Grays Point


Experience in working with children so far…
I have two years of experience working with children at Primary and High School ages through leading in my local youth group. I was also, through Kirrawee High School, involved in the ACYP (Advocate for Children and Young People).

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was... 
When I was at primary school my favourite thing to do after school was play in the bush with my friends and make movies.

3 Reasons why I like working with children

  1. I love seeing the kids grow up and mature as the years progress.
  2. I get a sense of great joy in seeing the kids play, laugh and participate in games and other activities.
  3. Selfishly, I love being able to be a kid again as I not only lead them in the activities but also participate alongside them which is great fun for all.

My name is: Jan White
I am: 68 years old
I grew up in: Concord
I now live in: Grays Point. I have lived here for 40 years.

Experience in working with children so far…
I have been an Infants teacher for over 30 years as well as teaching Reading Recovery and ESL.

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was... 
climbing trees and playing with friends as well as reading.

3 Reasons why I like working with children
I love their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and explore. I enjoy their originality and individuality.

My name is: Georgia Stanton
I am: 19 years old
I grew up in: Gymea
I now live in: Kirrawee

Experience in working with children so far…
I have taught many dance lessons (in jazz, tap and as well as some classes for Physical culture), I babysit from time to time as well as getting experience from studying teaching at University.

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was... 
Playing in the backyard with friends-climbing trees, playing hide and seek and watching clouds

3 Reasons why I like working with children

  1. Seeing joy on children’s faces when they get something challenging right
  2. Children are very creative and imaginative and also are very funny
  3. I want to encourage and motivate children to strive for greatness
 

My name is: Sophie Coyne 
I am: 18 years old
I grew up in: Yowie Bay
I now live in: Yowie Bay           

 

Experience in working with children so far…
I have babysitting and work experience in a child care centre

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was...
Playing with friends

3 Reasons why I like working with children 

  1. I love the funny and strange things they come up with
  2. I like making them laugh
  3. And I like how they manage to always have so much energy

 

My name is: Elise Botskor
I am: 18 years old
I grew up in: Grays Point
I now live in: Grays Point         

Experience in working with children so far…
My experience in working with children in the past consists of babysitting on a casual basis for both my family's children and friends.

My favourite thing to do after school when I was a child was...

After school I always loved being outside with my neighbourhood friends, spending hours at a time playing games. I was also a part of after School activities, such as soccer training, Little Athletics, dancing and more. I have always thoroughly enjoyed reading since an early age, as well as painting, which was a big part of my childhood.

3 Reasons why I like working with children

  1. Children are a constant source of amusement with the things they say and do
  2. I love creating art with children as they give you the opportunity to do crafty things, which reminds of my childhood
  3. Children will  love being outside and playing games, which helps keeping everyone healthy and active