We are here to help build stronger, more resilient families in Tasmania

A flexible home and community visiting service providing support to people with children 0-18 years in their care.

Our Board Members


PRESIDENT OF ESP

Maggie Clark

VICE PRESIDENT OF ESP

Janet Stephens

SECRETARY

Brenda Kimber

TREASURE

Sarah Leckie

MEMBER

Nanette Shurman

MEMBER

Sally McGuishin

MEMBER

Alison Nicholson

MEMBER

Verity Dawkins

MEMBER

Brooke Schiebel

PUBLIC OFFICER

Vanessa Lee-Dollar

Our team


Marian has three children of her own who are 7, 6 and 5 years of age. Marian has an extensive work history in the social services sec-tor; both as a frontline worker and a leader of teams. She brings with her a passion and extensive work and vol-unteer history in child and youth devel-opment, community capacity build-ing, leadership of teams and a strong ethic on inclusive practice within our organisation, the families we support and the wider community in general

Marian Ellul

Program Manager

Camila has more then 5years of experience in business administration, and two years as a founder of Geoflorece, academy platform with holistic orientation. She is passionate about the well-being of people and everything that involves a better relationship with the environment. A couple of years ago; She has decided to direct all hers experience in the business world to participate in organizations and projects with more conscious. She has a strong background in marketing and social media which she shares today with our organization.

Camila Bosaans

Admin coordinator

Members

On board

I have a background in Early Childhood Education, working both in Victoria and for 34 years in Tasmania. My main area of interest in Tasmania has been in the area of early childhood intervention and family counselling, I was lucky to work in a family partnership model with many families within the Early Childhood Intervention Service Hobart.

Once I retired ESP gave me an opportunity to volunteer in a family based support service and continue using my professional training and passion for supporting families.

I have been honoured to be a member of the ESP Board for 7 years.

Maggie Clark

president of ESP

I went to secretarial college straight from school but after several years working in this area I then changed to nursing.  I then became a Practice Manager for 25 years.  During that time I was a Brownie Leader for 9 years.  I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren so I definitely realise the value of an organisation like ESP.

Brenda Kimber

Secretary

I am a Success Coach at VL Coaching and Consulting. I help individuals and businesses become more productive and more profitable. I am passionate about helping people be the best versions of themselves by learning how to communicate effectively, learning why you make the decisions you do, in other words what motivates you and what your strengths are. I have two beautiful daughters and I believe that as a mum we all need support to raise our children with love and compassion. ESP is a wonderful organisation that supports parents and the community, and I am so grateful to be involved. 

 

Vanessa Lee-Dollar

Public Officer

Nanette Shurman has been an Early Support for Parents committee member for about 6 years, after working as an Early Intervention teacher with the Tasmanian Department of Education at the Early Childhood Intervention Service for many years. Prior to this she  worked in Perth, Canberra, Hobart and Scotland as a primary school teacher, project officer in children’s programs, child care educator, public servant in the Bureau of Statistics, and dental nurse. Nanette enjoys spending time with her friends and family(including 4 grandchildren)appreciating the  magnificent Tasmanian landscape and reading, walking, music, tango dancing and travel when borders permit.   

Nanette Shurman

Public Officer

I am an early childhood trained teacher, working in the Public School system. I have a background in coordinating family day care and providing respite foster care. I have strong knowledge of the legislation and frameworks guiding early childhood settings.

I am passionate about advocating for children’s rights and supporting the adults in their lives to achieve these. Being a part of the ESP committee will enable me to use my skills to positively impact in the wider community.

I am also a mother and step-mother and I believe it certainly takes a village to raise a child.

Brooke Schiebel

Member

Janet have been a teacher during most of my adult life, 6 years with primary school children and 22 years with adults at TAFE. She studied at the University of Tasmania when her three adult children were quite young   and now have 4 grandchildren aged from 4 months to 11 years. Janet have been involved in a number of community groups.  She has had a strong connection with family and youth organisations: for 40 years as a Counsellor in Australian Breastfeeding Association, in the Child health Association and later as a leader in the Tasmanian Scout Association for 25 years. She is still a member of them.  Through these organisations She realised how important it was to support families and in 1989 a group of like-minded women from Midwifery, Child  Health and ABA they saw the need to give many families that extra support . They applied for money and now ESP has been going for over 30 years enabling many parents and children to have easier lives. Outside ESP and her counselling role, She has been in our local Landcare group, and love reading, gardening and music in between caring for grandchildren.

Janet Stephens

Vice president of ESP

Members

On board

I have a background in Early Childhood Education, working both in Victoria and for 34 years in Tasmania. My main area of interest in Tasmania has been in the area of early childhood intervention and family counselling, I was lucky to work in a family partnership model with many families within the Early Childhood Intervention Service Hobart.

Once I retired ESP gave me an opportunity to volunteer in a family based support service and continue using my professional training and passion for supporting families.

I have been honoured to be a member of the ESP Board for 7 years.

Maggie Clark

president of ESP

I went to secretarial college straight from school but after several years working in this area I then changed to nursing.  I then became a Practice Manager for 25 years.  During that time I was a Brownie Leader for 9 years.  I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren so I definitely realise the value of an organisation like ESP.

Brenda Kimber

secretary

I am a Success Coach at VL Coaching and Consulting. I help individuals and businesses become more productive and more profitable. I am passionate about helping people be the best versions of themselves by learning how to communicate effectively, learning why you make the decisions you do, in other words what motivates you and what your strengths are. I have two beautiful daughters and I believe that as a mum we all need support to raise our children with love and compassion. ESP is a wonderful organisation that supports parents and the community, and I am so grateful to be involved. 

 

Vanessa Lee-Dollar

Public Officer

I am an early childhood trained teacher, working in the Public School system. I have a background in coordinating family day care and providing respite foster care. I have strong knowledge of the legislation and frameworks guiding early childhood settings.

I am passionate about advocating for children’s rights and supporting the adults in their lives to achieve these. Being a part of the ESP committee will enable me to use my skills to positively impact in the wider community.

I am also a mother and step-mother and I believe it certainly takes a village to raise a child.

Brooke Schiebel

Member

Nanette Shurman has been an Early Support for Parents committee member for about 6 years, after working as an Early Intervention teacher with the Tasmanian Department of Education at the Early Childhood Intervention Service for many years. Prior to this she  worked in Perth, Canberra, Hobart and Scotland as a primary school teacher, project officer in children’s programs, child care educator, public servant in the Bureau of Statistics, and dental nurse. Nanette enjoys spending time with her friends and family(including 4 grandchildren)appreciating the  magnificent Tasmanian landscape and reading, walking, music, tango dancing and travel when borders permit.   

Nanette Shurman

Member

Janet have been a teacher during most of my adult life, 6 years with primary school children and 22 years with adults at TAFE. She studied at the University of Tasmania when her three adult children were quite young   and now have 4 grandchildren aged from 4 months to 11 years. Janet have been involved in a number of community groups.  She has had a strong connection with family and youth organisations: for 40 years as a Counsellor in Australian Breastfeeding Association, in the Child health Association and later as a leader in the Tasmanian Scout Association for 25 years. She is still a member of them.  Through these organisations She realised how important it was to support families and in 1989 a group of like-minded women from Midwifery, Child  Health and ABA they saw the need to give many families that extra support . They applied for money and now ESP has been going for over 30 years enabling many parents and children to have easier lives. Outside ESP and her counselling role, She has been in our local Landcare group, and love reading, gardening and music in between caring for grandchildren.

Janet Stephens

Vice president of ESP

Our Volunteers can help to....

  • support you during times of stress, crisis or social isolation 
  • provide in-home mentoring, and help develop parenting skills & education
  • help build confidence and enjoyment in parenting/ caring for a child
  • offer guidance on how to manage challenging childhood behaviours
  • help you connect with services provided within the community
  • support you during family conflict or breakdown