ANNA ROSS: OPERATIONS MANAGER
Anna has a background in science, design and classroom teaching, so finds working at Imagination Station to be an excellent way to bring all her skills together in a job that requires the best parts of each with all the boring bits removed. She particularly enjoys having twelve Lego Mindstorms kits to experiment with at Imagination Station. It should come as no surprise that her favourite class at Imagination Station is definitely robot battles. Anna is a lifetime fan of LEGO, with her earliest LEGO memories featuring Fabuland and the classic space sets. She also boasts an extensive minifigure collection. Prior to taking on the position of Operations Manager, Anna was the Senior Facilitator at Imagination Station.
CHARLOTTE DRENE: LEGO PLAY FACILITATOR AND VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR
Charlotte joined the Imagination Station team in September 2015 after travelling Japan for part of the year. Charlotte graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, minoring in English and Philosophy. Charlotte spends all of her time outside of work campaigning for animal rights, interning at New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society and running various pro-animal rights and vegan groups around Christchurch and New Zealand. Charlotte has worked for several non-profit organisations and has enjoyed working with children for many years teaching drama at the YMCA—she loves engaging with children in a creative environment! Charlotte takes her favourite Pig and Animal Ranger LEGO minifigures wherever she goes and has her Lord of the Rings and Star Wars LEGO sets in prime position in her room. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys going for runs through the forest, eating vegan food, and watching anime.
EVELYN YEAP: LEGO PLAY FACILITATOR
Evelyn has a great passion for education. Her major is Teaching English as a Second Language, focusing on communication. She is currently a student at the University of Canterbury, her study focuses on outdoor education and experiential learning, and she believes that learning takes place everywhere outside of the classroom, anytime and anywhere. LEGO is one great example of experiential learning that helps to enhance critical and creative thinking skills. Her current interest is using LEGO as a great material in team building. She is a great fan of Disney and her favourite Disney princess is Ariel, the mermaid, she would love to own The Little Mermaid LEGO set one day. Her soul is with the ocean, she especially loves dolphins and whales and hopes to see all the species one day in the wild. She is a fan of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Ocean Quest Asia and has dedicated her free time to volunteer with them. She also spend much of her free time serving in the choir and the creche in church.
LOUISE JOHNS: LEGO PLAY FACILITATOR
Louise is a Canterbury trained educator with expertise in Music, Photography Visual Arts, Literacy, Numeracy and Technology. She has also worked overseas in Inquiry based International Baccalaureate schools in Asia and Europe. Louise enjoys swimming and studying Chinese. She looks forward to making a difference and being a member of the great team at Imagination Station. Above all, it’s exciting to be an active participant of the inner city rebuild community that brings families back!
SAM BUTCHER: DIRECTOR
Sam is the one who does all the ‘behind the scenes’ work—you’ll see him from time to time at Imagination Station, but most of his work is done from an offsite office due to space restraints. He’s responsible for making sure we can stay open: hiring staff, getting funding in, managing investments into equipment, managing our relationship with the LEGO Group and making sure we stay in line with the strategic focus of BUG4/2, the registered charity we operate under. Sam studied commerce at the University of Canterbury, completing his degree in Business Economics and Information Systems. Sam has been involved with a number of small businesses either as an owner or an employee. He has also previously worked for the New Zealand Commerce Commission and Canterbury DHB. Sam’s experience with LEGO is hugely broad. He was a founding member of LUG4/2, serving as the Deputy Chair from 2012 until 2015, and acted as the ambassador to the LEGO group during that time. He has taught LEGO Mindstorms at several different schools, and has also done a number of large-scale custom builds for companies around New Zealand. Outside of work, Sam loves spending time with his wife Jasmine, and enjoys building the occasional LEGO model, scouting out new music artists, reading, and exploring New Zealand.
Please feel free to contact Sam directly via email with any concerns, feedback or enquiries.