About Our Trainers

NVSA has a great team of trainers!

We aim to be innovative, creative and relevant in our courses.

Our aim is to stretch your thinking and get you wanting more!

Currently our team consists of:

  • Donatella Amos Grad Voc Cert Man, Adv Dip CS,  – NVSA Executive Officer – Certificate 1→ Advanced Diploma/Child Safe Environs
  • Ned Hanic – Certificate 1→Advanced Diploma/CSE
  • Peter Heyworth MSPPM,Grad Voc Cert Man, BSc, Grad Dip Ed, Adv Dip CS – Certificate 1→Advanced Diploma
  • Pauleen Fennel – Mental Health First Aid/YMHFA/CSE
  • Beth Ballie – First Aid/Food Safety

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Donna

Donatella is the Executive Officer at Northern Volunteering. She has over 20 years experience managing volunteer programs including Director of services at a large hospital involving over 500 hospital and community based volunteers. Her most recent role for the last 7 years has been as Training and Development Manager for NVSA.

Donatella has a good understanding of volunteerism locally, nationally and internationally. She is held in high regard within the volunteer sector and has been on the board of AAMoV (as AAVA) – the national professional association for volunteer managers, as well as several others including community centres.

Donatella was included in the inaugural SA Honour Roll, in the 2009 – 2014 Who’s Who of Australian Women, nominated for City of Salisbury’s 2017 Legends Awards, and received a Certificate of Recognition from AAVA for her work in the sector.

She holds qualification in Community Sector Management, Training and Assessment, as well as volunteer program management including a Vocational Graduate Certificate of Management (Learning).

Ned

Ned is newly appointed NV Education and Training Services Manager (NVETS) with Northern Volunteering SA.

He is a Registered Teacher in South Australia, specialising in PE to middle and high school students, and also holds Bachelor of Adult and Vocations Education, Bachelor of Sport Science, Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in TAE 40110 – including Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) unit, is a Families SA accredited and approved Child Safe Environment (CSE) trainer, and has in particular worked in the Adult Education and Training field since 2005. He has held a number of management level positions with a number of community organisations.

He has had an extensive experience in Vocational, Education and Training (VET) sector, including but not limited to, registering/renewing organisation as an RTO, delivering/assessing training to all types of audience, unpacking and aligning curriculums and training packages, designing new and innovative training programs, RTO compliance in line with ASQA Standards for RTOs 2015, convener of a number of internal and external reference groups, identifying and implementing future opportunities for business development and growth,  and is a member of South Australian Council for Adult Literacy (SACAL).

Ned enjoys being active, spends time with his family and friends, travelling domestically and internationally, cooking and learning new languages.

Peter

Peter has extensive experience in the voluntary sector since the 1990’s. He has combined a passion for volunteering with a focus on the management of volunteer programs. Peter was instrumental in establishing Australia’s first professional association for volunteer managers and in the development of VET qualifications for volunteers and managers. He has experience at local, State and National levels in a range of advisory groups and steering committees focusing on the voluntary sector.  He spent significant time as a Baptist Pastor; managing the Statewide volunteer program of a large SA disability organisation and more recently as Executive Officer of a Volunteer Resource Centre in Adelaide. Peter is currently a Lead Pastor with Hope Central in northern Adelaide and is responsible for establishing a new congregation in Gawler South Australia.

Peter holds VET and tertiary qualifications in training, theology, management, volunteer management, public policy and science up to Masters Level.

Pauleen

Pauleen has over 30 years experience working in community services as a social worker, counsellor, community educator and trainer. She has a Bachelor of Social Work, Post Graduate Diplomas in Adult Education and Counselling and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Pauleen worked as a social worker with adults living with mental illness and also with adults and children affected by violence and abuse.
Pauleen has worked for various non government community services and a university as an educator and trainer delivering learning and development activities to
professional staff, managers and volunteers.
These learning activities have included developing knowledge in relation to mental health, domestic violence and child abuse and developing counselling and communication
skills. Pauleen has also developed and delivered nationally recognised qualifications including a diploma in counselling and group work.
At NVSA/NVETS Pauleen delivers Mental Health First Aid, Child Safe Environments, Accidental Counselling, Professional Boundaries and Loss and Grief.

Beth

‘No Aotearoa ahau’, which translates to ‘I am from New Zealand’.

I have Certificate IV in TAE, 40110, includes a unit Address Language Literacy and Numeracy Skills, TAELLN411, have completed Certificate IV in Frontline Management, BSB40812, Certificate II in Emergency Service Medical First Response, HLT21112, and achieved Certificate in Adult Education Level 4&5 issued by New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

First Aid Experience:
Two years with St John in New Zealand – Trained First Responder – Volunteered at events as well as Ambulance Service,
Four years St John SA – Divisional Manager, Training Officer, Volunteered at Events,
Eighteen months with EMT SA – Volunteered at Motorsport events, as well as community Ambulance.

Food handling experience:
25+ years of extensive experience as a chef that stretches from Community Centre, A la carte restaurant, Resthome, Stadium Executive Chef, Hotel Buffet, RSL, Marae, Hospice, Catholic Brother and so forth.

Volunteer:
Currently – Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS) motorsport official,
Previously, in Australia, four years volunteered as a cook for senior citizens at Para Hills Community Centre, under Salisbury Council management,
Former Committee member of Salisbury RSL.

In my down time I like to airbrush, cook and watch the weeds grow in the garden.

My favourite quote “I’m as good as you and no one is better than me.”