Trustees of Building Blocks Community Trust

The Trustees of the Building Block Community Trust form the governing body of the  Building Blocks Community Kindergarten, Spreydon Baptist Community Early learning Centres (Preschool and Kindergarten) and The Lighthouse Preschool and Nursery.

The Trust is under the umbrella of South West Baptist Church and are located on or near the Lyttelton St and Balcairn St sites.

Meetings are held generally once a month, dates and location are available on request by emailing lsaunders@swbc.org.nz

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Sandra Jamieson

Chairperson

I joined the Trust in July 2011. I am a member of South West Baptist Church. I am married to Alan and we have two children who have provided us with 4 grandchildren. When I started our oldest grandson was happily established in the ‘Juniors’. He has now moved on to Intermediate and his younger sister, having been through our preschool and kindergarten has just started school. I have been involved in education for many years as a teacher and in management, and now as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour. I have a passion for the wellbeing of our children and know that being part of a local community is a strong predictor of wellbeing. It is a pleasure to be involved with preschools that have a good reputation and are focused on our community.

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Peter Sauer

Trustee

I joined the Trust in June 2013. I am a member of South West Baptist Church and our family is involved in and passionate about our Local neighborhood Community in Hoon Hay. I am married to Suzie and we have three daughters who transitioned through the  SBC preschool and kindy and on to our local Hoon Hay primary school. I work in the education sector at tertiary level

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Chris Habinshuti

Trustee

My name is Chris Habinshuti. I’m married to Paul and have two mostly delightful little people called Benji and Hana.  Benji attended the preschool here but is now at Aidenfield Primary and Hana currently hangs out in the SBC Kindy.   I work part time as an English language tutor and educational developer at Ara and also do some youth work supervision for some local 24/7 youth workers.  It’s a privilege to be on the BBCT board.  I’m looking forward to connecting with the staff more and am excited about the Trust’s potential and community impact it has.

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Grant Chivers

Trustee

I am the 018 Manager at SWBC which basically means I have something to do with Children and Youth at South West Baptist Church. I am married to Emma and have 3 kids; Serayah, Jazz and Micah.  I have been involved with Trusts, youth work and children’s work of varying sorts for the last 25 years and have a passion to see young people flourish and grow into healthy adults with a strong faith. Emma and I spent 3 years on the mission field working with YWAM in southern Africa in our life before kids so our passions are youth, children, missions and family- along with a great cup of coffee.

wARREN rEAD

Trustee

My name is Warren Read. I’m married to Sharon and have a daughter Charlotte. Both Sharon & Charlotte are working in preschools so I sometimes help with resources. I am good with scissors!!
I am a Pastor at SWBC and have been the chair of the Acorn Trust until it merged with the Building Blocks Trust in 2019. My community is Knights Stream Park in Halswell where I chair the board for the local primary school. Knights Stream Primary school opened in 2019 and I was fortunate to also chair the Establishment Board that set up the new school.

           Management

Lisa sAUNDERS

Manager

I am the Manager of Building Blocks Community Trust. I am a qualified and registered Early Childhood Educator and have been in the ECE world since I trained in the 1980’s. I owned a preschool in Merivale for seven years and then did admin for another preschool part time. I am married to Derek and have 3 children – Grace, Oscar and Noah. I feel honoured to lead the team and am passionate about striving to provide the best possible environment and experiences for the children and families we serve.