Meet Our Team

Our Nurse Manager and team of qualified Nurse Educators are passionate about delivering client focused services that have a direct impact on improving the quality of life of those suffering from respiratory conditions.

There are many options available that can help you and your family, let our nurses show you how.


Our Team

Teresa Chalecki - Nurse Manager


Nurse Manager

Teresa has been the Nurse Manager at CanBreathe since 2010. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience in various nursing, nurse management and health management roles for West Coast and Canterbury DHBs. Since 2004 she has been based in the community working in the NGO sector.

Teresa enjoys attending concerts, travelling and spending time with family and friends.


Cheryl Tovizi


Business Manager

Cheryl has over 20 years information technology and management experience within health, local government, and a variety of other industries. She is also a board member for other charities within the ever-changing social services arena. Cheryl supports the business side of CanBreathe to ensure that the operations run smoothly.

Cheryl enjoys keeping up with the IT industry (yes a geek), travelling to exotic destinations and spending time with family and friends

Amanda Williams - Nurse Educator


Nurse Educator

Amanda has worked as a Respiratory Nurse for almost 10 years.  Prior to CanBreathe, Amanda worked predominately with children, nannying in several countries with families from many different cultures. Amanda's personal experience as an asthmatic, as well as supporting family members with asthma and COPD enables her to relate well with those who have respiratory conditions.

Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her (many) pets.  She loves animals so much she even got married at Orana Park!

CanBreathe - Annette Best


Receptionist / Administrator

Annette is our Receptionist and Administrator.  She is the friendly voice at the end of the phone as well as the smiley face that will greet you when you visit our offices.  So be sure to say hi when you drop in next time.

Annette has had several healthcare administration roles, primarily working for not-for-profit organisations.

In her spare time, Annette enjoys gardening, hiking and Christchurch’s café culture.

Rosemary Thompson - Nurse Educator


Nurse Educator

Rosemary is a registered nurse with over 40 years in health. She has a varied background in both nursing and nurse management. Rosemary joined CanBreathe in 2013. As an asthmatic herself Rosemary knows first-hand the difficulties those with asthma experience.

Rosemary enjoys socialising with friends, gardening and reading.

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