Mr Harold Stemmet, Chairman
After graduating from the University of South Africa in 1978, Harold gained 35 years experience in Human Resources. He now runs his own company in Cape Town, Time and Labour Consultants, which focuses on helping small and medium companies. He is a committed Christian and has a calling to help young people grow and excel in the workplace and obtain a healthy work-life balance. Harold has been married to Benita for 27 years with whom he has 2 children. Melvin, now 25, is about to complete his degree in accounting at Stellenbosch and Ron, 27, is studying for her Masters in Human Resources. Harold has been a Trustee for WUCT since 2012.
Mr David Walsh
Married with 2 grown-up children, David is a member of Church of the Holy Spirit and represents it on the Board of Trustees. Having been involved in the early creation of the gardens around WUCT, David has heart for assisting individuals in Westlake and the community more broadly. Recognising the value of education, health and employment, David focuses on the strategic objectives of WUCT and how effective policies can be implemented to develop these areas through programs such as Poverty Stoplight.
Mr Chris Heiberg
Chris has been married for 46 years, has four children and five grandchildren who he loves dearly and they complete his life. He worked for Lewis Stores for forty years dealing with the public and working in the communities and townships. This he thoroughly enjoyed. He experienced the hardships and appreciated the blessings that we have.
On retiring he got involved with the Tokai Methodist Church Westlake outreach. Their mission is to upgrade living standards, serve the community and make a difference in the lives of others. His focus is on supporting Emmanuel Educare and the secondhand shop. He has a passion for this ministry and, humbled by the incredible work all staff do at WUCT to improve and change the lives of people, he subsequently became a Trustee.
Chris says that “With unemployment being our biggest challenge in the country my involvement in launching the Church driven Paradign Shift project to help entrepreneurs, and seeing the start of Communiversity at Westlake reaching out to the unemployed, is very close to my heart and provides inspiration”.
James Spocter (Jimmy) is married and the proud father of 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Jimmy is a member of St Martins Church, Bergvliet where he is known for his servant heart to serve in community outreach programmes. Jimmy has a wealth of experience in construction, has worked for 23 years at Simonstown Naval Dockyard, and is the ex- owner/manager of an Engineering company and a ex-lecturer at Northlink Technical College. Since retiring, Jimmy established a Skills Development Training Programme at OASIS (Linking Lives Together). He teaches Basic Arc Welding and Basic Bench Fitting there. He is involved in upskilling underprivilleged youth, school dropouts from Grade 9 and unemployed adults in Parkwood, Lotus River, Ottery and Phillipi. Jimmy says “My great inspiration for this type of involvement was inspired by the late Jamie McGregor after witnessing what he really did for the Westlake Community. Since his death and the day I attended his funeral service and listened to the Eulogies being expressed, I vowed to carry out a legacy on his behalf.” You certainly have, Jimmy – Westlake Community certainly needs someone with your background to upskill the youth and young adults with construction skills.
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