Our team of staff are committed to

working alongside people, supporting them through any difficulties that affect their enjoyment of life.

We are real people, who are here to help not judge. Our staff are all experienced and qualified in their particular area of work, but who are they?

Joanne MacLennan

Joanne has just joined the Cambridge Community House Team!
She comes from a background working in Social Work, Mental Health and Addictions and most recently a position that focussed on staff well-being in the workplace.
Joanne is passionate about social justice and empowerment and is looking forward to assisting the House to remain a central part of the Cambridge Community.

Jill Dimond

AOD Practitioner and Senior Counsellor, MNZAC, DAPAANZ (Reg. Prac), BASS (Couns), Bachelor Alcohol & Drug Studies
Jill has worked at the Community House since 2005, initially as a student and now as our full time Counsellor. Jill is our resident Alcohol and Drug Practitioner, providing assessment, intervention and support. She is also able to refer to other support services including residential treatment providers where required. Jill is also available for general counselling for concerns such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety and more. Jill has a Post Grad Cert in Professional Supervision which means she can provide professional supervision sessions to those working in a similar field.

Appointments with Jill are one hour long and available from 9am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday and may be subject to waitlist.

Dianne Carter

Family Violence Whanau Worker and Counsellor MNZAC, Dip. Counselling, Grad Cert Supervision
Dianne has been a counsellor for 15 years and has been a part of the Community House team since 2013. Dianne works three days a week as a Counsellor and Family Whanau Worker, specialising in Family Violence support and intervention. Dianne works with individuals, couples and whanau affected by family violence, and works alongside other agencies to ensure that the best level of support, care and safety planning are provided.

Appointments are one hour long and available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bryan de Rooy

Counsellor, MNZAC, BASS Counselling
Bryan has been a Counsellor with us since 2012, working as a General Counsellor covering a wide range of presenting issues including grief/loss, depression, anxiety and family violence. Bryan has a particular interest in working with males of all ages around managing difficult emotions (such as anger) and relationships, and has developed a one-to-one programme around this. Bryan has recently graduated in Post Grad Cert in Mental Health and Addictions. Appointments are one hour long and available Monday to Friday, except Thursdays.

Kiri Gray

Budget Adviser, Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting
Kiri's role at the Community House began around 25 years ago, when she took on the role of Manager. Kiri successfully managed the staff and daily operations of the agency until 2007, so she has seen many changes over the years. She continues to be a valued member of the team working as a part-time qualified Budget Adviser two days per week and also acting as our adviser for cultural matters. Kiri is also on the Community Marae Committee and has an active role as an organiser of the Cambridge Stroke Club.

Jo Riley

Office Manager (relieving)

Jo is a Rock n Roll fanatic! She is also a ROCK at the Community House where she assists our clients, meets and greets visitors in a way they feel really welcome.

Jo always has time for a laugh.