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Below are the 2019 Nominees for the Playgroup NSW Board.


 
 

Tamera Lang

I have attended my local playgroup at Clovelly for approximately 6 years with my two children, and I am currently a co-ordinator of the group and a session co-leader. Playgroup has been an important and much-loved part of my family’s life and development, and frankly I’m not sure where we’d be without the friendship and support we’ve found along the way.

I would like to continue to serve on the Board as I think it’s important for our leadership to include parents who currently attend and co-ordinate a playgroup. I feel I’ve added value to the Board’s discussions by giving examples of the challenges our volunteers and attendees experience, and helping to find practical solutions. I deeply care about the playgroup movement and I’m committed to ensuring we reach our strategic goals as an organisation.

My professional background is in taxation advisory, with 10 years experience in transactions, policy and communications. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Bond University, and a Master of Taxation from the University of Sydney, and I am admitted as a solicitor in NSW.


 
 

Laura McCaughey

Laura is a microbiologist who works on developing new antibiotics to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. She has 10 years’ experience in academic research and has published widely on her research topic. Laura also devotes a significant part of her career to public engagement and sharing science with the masses. This work ranges from writing articles for main stream media outlets, working with broadcasters both in front of & behind the camera/microphone, creating, managing and marketing large scale public events like Soapbox Science Sydney, and giving public lectures on her research. 

As a Scottish mother of two children under three, living in Australia with no family support, Laura found the friendship, support and routine of attending her local playgroups to be invaluable. As such she wants to support this program by devoting her spare time to serving on the Board and helping shape the future direction of Playgroup NSW.


 
 

Janine Ferris

Janine is a mum of a super energetic daughter who can't wait for Playgroup each week! Since her daughter was a tiny baby they have attended Japanese and general Playgroups in Sydney, and Janine established and coordinated Playgroup in a small farming town in outback NSW from 2016 -2019. Janine joined the Playgroup NSW Board in 2018, offering both rural and city perspectives. She believes strongly in the benefits of learning through play, as well as the importance of Playgroup for parents and carers to build their ‘village’.

Janine is a qualified high school teacher and manages a national education program for a not-for-profit organisation helping preschoolers, primary and high school students learn how to be safe near trains, trams and tracks. She is currently completing a Master of Education. Janine has also been a volunteer with the NSW State Emergency Service since 2011. 


 
 

Jessica Gibson

Jessica is a marketing, digital, and media professional who has experience in finance, publications such as The Australian Women’s Weekly, and content client management of national organisations.

She specialises in the development and implementation of marketing strategies, social media policies, and manages both external and internal partnerships. Jessica is proud to have been recently named the co-chair of her organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee, which is taking steps toward reconciling with our First People.Jessica is committed to using the skills she has developed in her ‘work-life’ to support her community wherever possible. When her daughter, Vera, was born, Jessica started a playgroup in her area. She is also currently part of the Parent Management Committee at her daughter’s childcare centre.

When not working her day job as a Senior Content Manager or playing with her two-year-old daughter, Jessica spends her time baking cakes and reading non-fiction (mostly). Jessica is lucky enough to call the beautiful Blue Mountains home, and is so grateful for the community she has been able to find and grow with other carers, parents and ‘big people’.

 

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