Our board and training team are made up of people from various walks of life. They are all people who are passionately dedicated to the goal of creating a safe environment for children and adults.
OUR BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
PBSA is Southern Africa’s only provider of the internationally acclaimed Protective Behaviours Prevention Education Programme, governed by a Board of Management. The Board meets regularly to guide the organisation and ensure that the organisational objectives are met. Our Board members are people who passionately believe in every person’s right to feel safe and are dedicated to the goal of creating a safe environment for children and adults. Board members come from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring a range of skills and experience from the Social Work, Legal, Financial and Learning and Development sectors.
Hannelie Millar is a learning and development specialist and holds an Honours degree in psychology, specialising in adult learning and personal development. She also holds a National Diploma in Business Management, and has more than 20 years experience in the corporate world, mostly holding the space of project management, operational process mapping, and learning and development. Her combined experience in the business management and learning & development areas has equipped her to place focus on aligning individual goals with organisational goals, and bridging skills gaps along the way.
Mandla Mkandla has worked in the Child Care and Protection space for a decade, having worked with organisations in the Johannesburg inner city and nationally in various capacities. Mandla is passionate about improving the child protection and care space in the country. His dedication to the cause allows him to contribute positively, while applying his various skills and experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Risk Management, ICT Management, Accounting and Internal Audit. “In my personal life I am a family man, married with four beautiful children. I have a passion for motorsport, electronics and computing”.
Janice is a qualified Social Worker and her work has focused on advocating for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, street and vulnerable children and abused women. She is the Director of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum, an NPO network facilitating collaboration and integration of services for vulnerable children and in the childcare and protection sector. Janice is committed to justice and marginalised people. She is also Chairperson of the Westerford SGB which she joined to ensure that child well-being was kept uppermost on the School Agenda.
Refiloe has extensive experience in Learning and Development, Career Mapping and Organisational Development. She is passionate about Child protection and provision of quality care for OVC. Refiloe has been involved in providing training for Child and Youth Care Workers to ensure they provide quality care to vulnerable children. She was also involved with Department of Basic Education ensuring that child protection is part of the life orientation curriculum. She holds a degree is social sciences, ETDP and currently studying Postgraduate in Counselling Psychology.
HILDA O' CALLAGHAN
Hilda O’Callaghan, one of two PBSA master trainers, is a qualified Emotional Intelligence and Communication Trainer, Marriage and Relationship Educator and Dispute Resolution Mediator. Hilda holds degrees in Psychology and Criminology as well as a Masters Degree in Training and Development. She is an Accredited Edward De Bono Six Thinking Hat Consultant and has run Creative Thinking Programs for children and teachers. Hilda’s goal is to achieve a safer world for all and to ensure that all people (children and adults) are empowered with the knowledge and skills of the Protective Behaviours programme.
Liesl Pretorius is an admitted attorney who is passionate about the protection of children and societal justice. After working several years in private practice, she is now involved as a legal advisor in the non-profit sector. She is deeply concerned by the high levels of abuse and violence suffered by children in South Africa and abroad and is excited about and strongly supports initiatives and programmes that help protect children from harm and enable them to live healthy and fulfilled lives.
Lydia Gordon is a qualified and registered social worker for the past 28 years, with extensive experience in child protection, safeguarding, policy formulation, and advocacy. She has worked in both the government and non-profit sectors to ensure that children's best interests are served. She is married, has two daughters, loves reading, crocheting, and enjoys hiking. Lydia is motivated by human connection, which has led her to meet people from all walks of life, and her journey continues. She is passionate about empowering, young people, parents and professionals in the Protective Behaviours programme.
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Monica Nomlala is a mother of four children. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and knitting. She is deeply committed to ensuring that children live their best lives possible because she believes that they are our future leaders. For the past 13 years Monica has worked as a Social Auxiliary worker. This has given her the opportunity to be a part of the lives of foster families. Her dream is to live in a world where children do not have to worry about being harmed or abused. That's one of the reasons She'd like to see everyone in the world being trained in Protective Behaviours.
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Hayley Walker, one of two PBSA master trainers, is a former youth pastor and owner of a safety organisation that focuses largely on statutory checks for working with children, abuse prevention programmes and the development of safety policies for organisations. She is a passionate child protection activist, focusing on abuse prevention education, safeguarding policy development and the implementation thereof in faith based organisations, the education sector, the ECD and NPO sectors, as well as in sporting bodies. She does this with the firm aim to create safe environments for children to grow to their full potential.
OUR SENIOR TRAINERS
PBSA aims to educate and empower children, young people, parents and professionals with the right to feel safe. Our trainers come from different walks of life and have distinguished careers in social work, youth work, primary school teaching, secondary school teaching, emotional intelligence, nursing, relationship education, family mediatiion and parenting. They collectively bring with them more than 300 years of experience working in the helping professions and more than 10 years’ experience, delivering Protective Behaviours in Southern Africa. In addition to delivering the PB program within the community, our trainers conduct training of new practitioners who deliver the program to children and teenagers in schools as well as in organisations and NPO’s. We currently have 16 senior trainers in South Africa, one in Namibia and one in Mozambique, as follows:
- Liza Meecham (East London)
- Bronwyn Forbes (Port Elizabeth)
- Jess Asia (Port Elizabeth)
- Debbie Hemmens (Port Elizabeth)
- Candice van Rooyen (Port Elizabeth)
- Kathryn Court (Grahamstown)
- Hayley Walker (Pretoria)
- Vanessa Carelse (Benoni)
- Refiloe Mofelehetsi (Johannesburg)
- Lydia Gordon (Margate)
- Monica Nomlala (Margate)
- Karien Kleynhans (Amanzimtoti)
- Altea Prinsloo (Phalaborwa)
- Lizanne Volker (Somerset West)
- Micha Coetzee (Somerset West)
- Rouviere Kemp (Durbanville)
- Natalie Mentoor (George)
- Elaine Pienaar (Windhoek)
- Lesley Harper
- Hilda O’Callaghan (Perth)