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Olivier Vles

Olivier "Ollie" Vles

Ollie is the founder and managing director at Strength in Care. He runs the day to day operations such as delivering care to participants, team support and improving communication around participants as both team manager and support coordinator.

He has over 20 years experience working with behaviours of concern and has extensive training in therapeutic and trauma-informed care. He has vast knowledge of how trauma and brain chemistry can influence brain development and how these elements relate to behaviours of concern and disability disorders.

Additionally, Ollie has worked with children and teenagers in the out of home care system, helping them navigate through life and encouraging positive choices that are both challenging and rewarding.

Throughout his experience in working with people with mental health issues, disabilities, behavioural disorders, and through crises and emergencies with different clients, he is quick to adapt to any situation that may arise.



Olivier Vles

Anitelea "Ani" Ta'ase

Ani is a New Zealander born to Samoan parents in Christchurch, New Zealand. Growing up in a society known for racism/ white supremist groups in the South Island, Ani learnt quickly the divided cultural standards, privileged socio economics and living structures within suburban regions in the 80s/90’s. Ani struggled with identity growing up as a non-speaking Samoan person, but traditionally raised in Samoan cultural values and respects to serve community and family.

With these life skills adapting to diversity, Ani after secondary education worked in a multitude of employment industries from labouring, hospitality, trades, government agencies and employment services. Ani found his passion in community service and started a career in youth working. Ani acknowledged his personality to work with youth as a mentor and inspirations for youth to focus on future career aspirations. Ani roles evolved to a Youth bail coordinator before leaving to Australia for a new beginning. Ani started as a Youth at Risk Residential carer and quickly become a house supervisor mentoring staff and advocating for house residents promoting and encouraging individual people skills to live independently. Ani changed roles to a youth justice support coordinator working with teenagers in the judicial system. Ani fell in love working with cultural participants specifically first nations and pacific Island youth acknowledging empathetically similar traumas with identity.

Ani obtains qualifications in sports business management, social work, youth work, child and family interventions, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, and community services management. He has over 30 years’ experience working with high-Risk behaviours and has extensive training in therapeutic and trauma-informed care. Ani has worked extensively in a disability residential care facility and supported youth with severe anxiety, Autism, mental health and behaviour disorders.

Ani ambitions is to mentor teams to support our youth providing the appropriate advocation, dedication to excellence and high standard quality to ensure the pathway to a life moving forward is sustainable and a positive journey with Strength In Care