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.
Evelyn Yeap Play Facilitator & Volunteer Coordinator
Evelyn has a great passion for education. She is currently a PhD 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 spends much of her free time serving in the choir and the creche in church.
Amy Ryan Play Facilitator
Amy has a passion for learning with a background in History, Education and Museums. When she’s not at Imagination Station she is the archivist at Villa Maria College and volunteering behind the scenes at the Air Force Museum. She also loves reading, planning her future travels, Disney and Doctor Who. Amy has worked with children of all ages, starting in afterschool care while she was still at high school and going on to train as a secondary teacher. LEGO was one of her very favourite things as a child and she is super excited to facilitate LEGO play with our visitors!
Sylvia Anitelea Play Facilitator
Sylvia is all about serving her community in any way she can! She has a background in voluntary work for Community Food Pantries, as well as with children and youth services. Sylvia loves that Imagination Station provides a safe environment for the community to create and explore all the wonders of LEGO. Sylvia loves all things Marvel in a galaxy far far away and Middle Earth! She also enjoys meeting new people, thrift shopping and discovering new music. When she’s not at Imagination Station, she is hanging out with her large and loud family, volunteering at her local church, eating cake or binge watching the latest superhero series.
Ayal Dimant Play Facilitator
Ayal has always been one to seek answers and information. Currently he is studying towards his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and psychology. Ayal believes that creativity has no bounds and that LEGO is an excellent tool to express these ideas. For as long as he can remember Ayal has had LEGO and still has it all, including almost every set from the 10 years of Bionicles. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, swimming and seeing live music. Before being in the position of facilitator Ayal was a dedicated volunteer at Imagination Station, both in Christchurch Central and New Brighton.
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 the BNZ Community101 space, 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 a degree in Business Economics and Information Systems. He has been involved with a number of small businesses either as an owner or an employee. Sam has also 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.