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Meet The Team


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Meet The Team


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Connect the Dots Charitable Trust was established in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014 by arts educators Andrea Gaskin & Selina Anderson. The purpose of the charity is to build individual and community capacity through creative arts projects.

The team

 

Andrea Gaskin
Director

Andrea Gaskin is an artist and arts educator with a passion for strengthening communities through arts projects. She has a long history of working in communities, having worked for a homeless men's shelter, a women's refuge, trade unions, and with families of terminally ill children. Andrea worked as the Access Educator at the Auckland Art Gallery for five years. 

She currently works at the Manukau Beautification Trust, and as the Coordinator of the Families Art Programme at the Ronald McDonald House Auckland.

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Selina Anderson
Director

Selina Anderson is an art historian and arts educator who is dedicated to project-based work that encourages creativity and personal connection.

She worked as the Director of Creative Operations at Ngā Rangatahi Toa for three years, and as the Senior Gallery Educator at the Auckland Art Gallery for six years.

Selina has taken a sabbatical in 2018 and moved to the Netherlands with her husband. She will be back with Connect the Dots when she returns to New Zealand.  

 

Jaap Rigtering
Website and IT Coordinator

Jaap is an Occupational Therapist, Feminist, and rabbit enthusiast.
He provides Connect the Dots with a 24 hour IT-hotline, website maintenance, and round the clock 'cheer leading.' 
He assists at fundraisers, programmes, bakes for us, and generally offers amazing support. Jaap is a kind, warm-hearted Dutch man, and without him our only method of communication would be pigeons (or owls). 


 

Lucie Blaze
Senior Graphic Designer

Lucie volunteers as the designer for Connect the Dots and has worked on Girls to the Front, getting them to design their own skateboard with a positive message, bringing her brand of creativity and pizazz. She is a graphic designer, who has worked both commercially and as a freelancer for over six years. She studied Art History and Graphic Design in The Czech Republic and Visual Communication in Paris.

 

Sherylene Chan
Graphic Designer

Shery is a a 24-year-old graphic design student at Media Design School, Auckland who credits sporadic bursts of inspiration for her artsy exploits. Hailing from Singapore, she is openly kiasu (Singlish for dedicatedly competitive). She has a voracious appetite for the current, adventures and stories of eccentric worlds. Shery's work is fuelled by her believe that genuine connections are the only way to truly understand the unknown and we couldn't agree more.

 

Paul Steven Chapman
Photo Editor and Archiver

Paul is an exhibiting print-maker, and photographer, with over ten years experience working in art galleries. Paul assists us with editing, correcting, and archiving our images. He is a kind, generous, wonderful human being who values creatvitiy and the arts as much as we do! 

 

 


 
  Rishab Kundra Administrative Volunteer  Rishab is a second-year student at Manukau Institute of Technology studying diploma in systems administration (Level 6). He has recently graduated from his first year. He is an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys a challenge and achieving personal goals. His present career aim is to work within IT because he enjoys working with computers, He enjoys the environment and finds the work interesting and satisfying. The opportunity to learn new skills and work with new technologies is particularly attractive to him. 

Rishab Kundra
Administrative Volunteer

Rishab is a second-year student at Manukau Institute of Technology studying diploma in systems administration (Level 6). He has recently graduated from his first year. He is an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys a challenge and achieving personal goals. His present career aim is to work within IT because he enjoys working with computers, He enjoys the environment and finds the work interesting and satisfying. The opportunity to learn new skills and work with new technologies is particularly attractive to him. 

 
  Pritha Vas Graphic Designer  Pritha is our brilliant volunteer who helps us immensely with graphic design jobs, and photoshop! For her, the sole purpose of volunteering is giving back to the community. She is passionate about working with the elderly, and supports our work because of her belief that creativity is a tool to combat isolation and loneliness. Her excellent administrative and creative skills are an asset to our team.

Pritha Vas
Graphic Designer

Pritha is our brilliant volunteer who helps us immensely with graphic design jobs, and photoshop! For her, the sole purpose of volunteering is giving back to the community. She is passionate about working with the elderly, and supports our work because of her belief that creativity is a tool to combat isolation and loneliness. Her excellent administrative and creative skills are an asset to our team.

 
  Mridula Raj   Make Moments Assistant Volunteer  Mridula is studying Health Science with a major in Public Health, as well as doing her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. Needless to say, she is the perfect volunteer on our Make Moments programme. Mridula brings her wonderful personality, people skills, and kindness to our Make Moments programme, and we could not do it without her.

Mridula Raj
Make Moments Assistant Volunteer
Mridula is studying Health Science with a major in Public Health, as well as doing her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. Needless to say, she is the perfect volunteer on our Make Moments programme. Mridula brings her wonderful personality, people skills, and kindness to our Make Moments programme, and we could not do it without her.


 
  Zhenghao   Make Moments Assistant   

Zhenghao
Make Moments Assistant
 

 
 

CTD Internships

Connect the Dots sees the value in provided supported opportunities for passionate educators to develop skills in facilitating art tours and workshops for older people and people living with dementia.

In 2018 we have two interns joining our team: Julia Craig and Kelsey Hankins. Both will be delivering Make Moments programmes as well as working on their own related research project. We are very excited to have them on the team!

Dori

Internship Partnership with Auckland University

In partnership with Auckland University, Connect the Dots works alongside undergraduate students as part of the Artsgen 301 – Internship programme during a 3-month period.

Our first intern (Semester 1 2018), Hsin Ju Tung (Dori) has been working on Make Moments programmes and providing essential support for the Connect the Dots Professional Development programme.


Connect the Dots Board of Trustees: Priscilla Brown, Erin McVeigh, Sarah Ferens, Eimi Tamua and Lincoln Jefferson.

Their skills include law, older peoples health, the arts, volunteer management, and council. They are an amazing asset to Connect the Dots and guide our vision and mission into fruition. 

 
 

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Office Address

 

Nathan Homestead
70 Hill Road
Manurewa, Auckland, 2102
New Zealand

Office Hours Friday: by appointment

Postal Address:
7 Pacific Street
Waiuku, Auckland 2123
New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS

General Inquiries
info@connectthedots.org.nz

Andrea Gaskin
Director
Andrea@connectthedots.org.nz

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