From left to right: Annette Culpan, Sumita Paul, Margaret Agee, Maureen Frayling and Stephen Dil.
Stephen DilFounder Trustee and Chair
Stephen is Managing Director of Dil's Funeral Services. Through his daily work he has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing those affected by grief and loss.
Founder Trustee, Project Manager and SecretaryMaureen worked at the North Shore Hospice as a nurse, counsellor and teacher in the area of grief and loss for 15 years. She was involved for many years with the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG). She initiated the development of the Grief Centre with support from North Shore Hospice and Dils Funeral Company. Maureen moved north to Whangarei in 2009. She is currently a lecturer and co-ordinator on the counselling major at North Tec in Whangarei.
It has been exciting to be involved in the growth and development of the Grief Centre in Auckland and to work with such dedicated people. I believe the Grief Centre is making a difference in people’s lives.
Dr Margaret Agee
TrusteeMargaret is a Senior Lecturer and the coordinator of the Counsellor Education programme in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. She is the President of the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG) and was a founding member of the organization. She is also a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and of the Association for Death Education and Counselling.
Margaret has had a longstanding involvement in the area of suicide bereavement, and she has undertaken research into counsellors' experiences of the suicide of a client. She is currently part of a research team investigating adolescents’ experiences following the loss of a family member. With Philip Culbertson and Cabrini Makasiale, she co-edited the book Penina Uliuli: Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific Peoples published in 2007.
As an experienced counsellor in a range of contexts, she is a member of the Ethics Committee of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and co-editor of the New Zealand Journal of Counselling.
Annette has a background in the corporate, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about business for good, empowered communities and philanthropy (as one of many enablers) to drive social change.
With more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services sector, a majority of which has been in investment advisory and fiduciary roles, Sumita brings a high level of experience and professionalism in managing family trusts, charitable trusts and investment portfolios.