About us

Our Organisation

New Mornings is a Christian, not-for-profit, volunteer mental health support service based in Ulverstone, Tasmania. Our core volunteers include experienced doctors, teachers, teacher aides, nurses, counselors, business managers, church ministers, chaplains and pastoral carers.

New Mornings is unique: a professional team with a proven track record; a catalyst within the Christian community; equipping individuals and churches to promote mental, emotional and spiritual health in their local community from a Christian worldview.

For more information you can download the following New Mornings information brochures

Our Board

Sandra Ayton (Chairperson)

Sandra Ayton is the General Manager of Central Coast Council and has extensive experience in governance, strategic planning and staff management. She is the public officer at Switch Tasmania, treasurer at Ulverstone Gospel Hall and a strong advocate for community and business development in the Central Coast.

Mike Vos
(Treasurer)

After 25 years as a bureaucrat, including 10 years managing Centrelink offices, Mike studied education, graduating in 2009. He taught at schools in Ulverstone and Arnhem Land, was principal at Devonport Christian School and is now State Executive Officer for Christian Education National in Tasmania.  He chairs the Pathway to Life Church leadership team, is in love with Carla and barracks for Hawthorn.

Christine de Ruyter (Secretary)

Christine is a primary school teacher who has taught in the public sector for many years. She enjoys working with children and loves being involved with her local church – Christian Reformed Church of Ulverstone. Christine loves walking her dogs on the beach. She has been challenged by her involvement in New Mornings as a board member and has witnessed the impact of the mentoring program with former students.

David Waterhouse
(Board Member)

David is from Devonport and has a background in Agriculture ,  having  worked for coastal companies such as Simplot . David is  married to Annette , and they have  three adult children who live in  both NSW and in Tasmania .The family moved to Sydney when the children were young to join Annette’s’ family business,  and David and Annette  returned to Tasmania in 2015. They now attend St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Ulverstone where David helps out on  the music team. David believes in  New Mornings Ministry,  as it brings Hope to hurting or vulnerable people,  in a life changing context. David supports Sydney Swans .

Majorie Weeks
(Board Member)

Marjorie has been, and still is a member of many groups and boards at churches, camps, mission groups and now a board member with New Mornings. She is a retired nurse and was a radio announcer at Coast FM. She is happily married to Phillip Weeks, is the mother of 3 children, has 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Marjorie has been a mentor before, with Kids Hope, and is now enjoying mentoring at Romaine Park Primary School with New Mornings, was relief mentoring co-ordinator and loves ‘being there for others’ – to help, encourage and assist people where needed.

Staff & Program Coordinators

Bronwyn Waterhouse
(Executive Officer
)

Bronwyn joins our team with a proven business background. Newly appointed as Executive Officer, she brings a wealth of experience in people development and Company growth. Bronwyn is married to Scott; they have 2 adult children and a precious granddaughter. She is part of Gateway Church, Devonport and is passionate about impacting and adding value to the lives of others.

Dr. Alison Whishaw (Grief & Loss Coordinator and Mental Health Professional)

After 12 years in General Practice, Alison changed her focus to mental health. She was a founder of New Mornings in 2006, and has been involved ever since. Alison is passionate about connecting with children and their families, and also working with them to help overcome challenges which may limit their future opportunities.

Penny Clark
Mentor Coordinator & Community Outreach Worker

 

Penny been working with children through her life, including teaching and chaplaincy roles. She is married to Adam and has two children Archie and Laila. Penny was thrilled to join the team at New Mornings 3 years ago as the Mentor Coordinator and is 2019 was also appointed the Community Outreach Worker. Penny loves working alongside children and parents helping them to see their potential and being their champion however she can. Penny loves nature, art, music and a cups of tea. She tolerates her family’s obsession with football, and loves nothing more than telling stories to make people laugh.

Kay Penney
(Mentoring Coordinator – Burnie.)

Kay is a retired Child and Family Health Nurse and midwife. She has an energy and tenacity which is truly infectious and invaluable in her role as a mentor and Mentor Coordinator.  Kay practiced midwifery for many years then trained at University as a mature student studying Health Science and Family and Child Health. Kay then practiced in child health and parenting, dealing with family issues and parenting. Kay has a passion for children and families who struggle in life for many reasons. She believes we all need to be accepted just as we are and be cherished as children of God. Kay would call herself a seed planter and encourager.

Annie King
(First Steps Lounge Coordinator)

Annie has a background in mentoring and pastoral care & has a passion for supporting and encouraging people. Over the years Annie has undertaken training in the area of mental health through YMIS QLD as well as MH First Aid, Grief & Loss, Mentoring, Youth MH First Aid, Suicide Awareness & Prevention and Pastoral Care

Pam McCulloch
(Volunteer Coordinator & Mentoring Coordinator Ulverstone Secondary College)

Pam is enjoying her re-engagement with New Mornings after a period of ill-health.  Having a work background in several fields – nursing, childcare, school chaplaincy and administration, Pam enjoys a mix of office work and pastoral care.  For many years Pam has had a passion for walking alongside and helping people to work through life’s ups and downs.

Support Team

Sharon Corbett
(Office Manager Board Secretary & Public Officer)

Sharon has volunteered at New Mornings for over 13 years in administration, board and financial roles. She mans the office of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and also enjoys mentoring a primary school student. She loves the fact that the New Mornings office is only a few doors down from her childhood home and that she mentors in her old primary school, and finds it a real blessing to give something back to the community that she grew up in.

Anne Brewer
(Administration Support)

Anne has been a student mentor with New Mornings since 2016. She is usually in the office on Tuesday mornings to provide administrative support: data management, weekly prayer points and keeping volunteers up to date. A former Teacher’s Aide, Anne is interested in the education and welfare of children & their families

Duncan White
(IT Support)

Formally Microsoft trained (MCSA), Duncan also enjoys using alternative open source solutions such as pfSense and Samba. In 2018 Duncan keenly volunteered to assist New Mornings with IT consultation and after hours support. You can read Duncan’s blog at https://dunconomics.blog where he pens his thoughts on the modern interaction of technology, economics and ethics.

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