A dedicated team passionate about empowering hope in children
Melissa (Mim) Stephens
Training and School Programs Co-ordinator
I have always enjoyed being around children and working with them. After my own children started school I studied to become an Education Support Worker and specialized in Special Needs. While working in schools I gravitated to children who needed ‘building up’, I could see the missing link to their academic success was their social and emotional wellbeing. I love working at BUZ and seeing children transform during camps and school programs. It is an honour to contribute to the wellbeing of a child and their community.
Favourite ice cream flavour - Hokey Pokey.
Favourite BUZ saying - 'Competition is the enemy of co-operation.' and 'Seek first to understand and then to be understood.' Steven Covey.
Camps, Climbing wall
Camps and school programs
Favourite ice cream flavour - Hard to go past Simmo's Irish Coffee flavour
Favourite BUZ saying - I love the phrase "BUZ -tastic" but the best quote by far is "A smile is a friend magnet" - from The BUZ Snack Attack Rap
Camps and School Programs
My passion for working with children began as a teenager when I worked at an out of school program during the holidays in Dunsborough.
I love children- their inquisitive natures and energy make my job incredibly fun and rewarding.
I have worked as a mentor, leader and support person with children. I have worked and travelled all over the world and currently train community services in the south west.
I believe that life is not so much about what you have, but more so, who you are. I feel privileged to be involved in the process of mentoring children to be equipped for their journeys in whom they are becoming.
BUZ offers incredible tools to support each individual in their pursuit to living a fulfilling life.
Favourite ice-cream flavour - Choc Mint
Favourite BUZ saying - 'To have a friend you've got to be a friend.'
Steve Heron OAM
Founder - (Retired)
Steve is the founder of Nurture Works and developer of BUZ initiatives and programmes.
40 years experience working in pastoral care with children in schools, families, camps and the community.
Author of the positive books ‘BUZOLOGY – Powering Hope in Children’ and ‘Bully Proofing – The Art of Social Confidence in Children’, Steve is also a children's book author, a program creator and innovator in his field.
He has been described as an ‘affirmative vandal’ because of his positive approach to making the world a better place for children.
Steve was finalist in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards Local Hero Category for Western Australia and Finalist in the 2015 Western Australian of the Year Community Category.
Awarded Order of Australian Medal in the Queen's birthday honours 2016 for services to the social and emotional wellbeing of children.
Favourite ice-cream flavour - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Favourite BUZ saying - 'Hope is more powerful than a wish'
Favourite ice cream flavour - 1 serve of lemon and 1 serve of chocolate eaten together, yuuum!
Favourite BUZ saying - Be true to yourself
Robin comes from a background in Finance and Administration. She is a mother of 4 children and when not at work, enjoys art, music and sport.
Favourite ice cream flavour - Salted caramel.
Favourite BUZ saying - When the world says 'give up'. Hope whispers 'try it one more time"