Previously a single parent herself, Tricia started the charity because she wanted to give back and recognising the challenges and emotional roller coaster of two single parents she worked with in Spain, decided Guardian Angels was the answer. She is now not only the proud mother of her two grown-up sons, but also has two wonderful grandchildren. “Raising a family on your own can be one of the hardest jobs in the world, especially in a foreign country. Guardian Angels has a strong team of wonderful, dedicated people who are focused on helping our members”.
Gill Somers - President
“Hello my name is Gill. I moved to the Costa Blanca with my family 9 years ago. I have three daughters who went to school here but are now all back in the UK studying at university and college. I have been with GA for 6 years now, and, I have found it rewarding, sometimes challenging, but knowing that I am helping our members in even just a small way, makes my efforts all worthwhile.
When I first met Tricia she was looking for a Treasurer, so I took that task on board, as I have an accounting background. I quickly started organising fundraising events to raise much needed funds. I have since handed over that reign and I am now the President and have a fantastic team who work hard making GA work.”
Michelle Lawrence-Sinko - Vice President
Michelle moved to North Costa Blanca from London in the Summer of 2015 with her husband. They both wanted a quieter life away from the fast pace of London and fell in love with the area when they first visited in Feb 2015. Michelle was previously the treasurer of her local ward committee in London and thoroughly enjoyed helping people in her area. Michelle comes from a ‘large family’ and is one of 6 children and has many nieces and nephews, so has a wealth of experience with dealing with family matters. She has completed her first level of counselling and is a qualified Reiki healer. Helping others gives Michelle great satisfaction and she relishes having the opportunity to be part of such a great charity.
“I am Chief Mentor for Guardian Angels and have lived in Javea for 6 years now. My husband and I between us we have 5 children ranging from 13 to 29.
I was a single parent for 8 years so I can relate my experiences with a lot of the issues our members have out here.
Back in the UK I trained to be a Counselor and I worked for 10 years with substance misuse clients who were on probation.
Although qualified in Person Centred Counseling I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and in motivational techniques to help encourage healthy habits and also addressing life issues.
I mentor the mentors if they wish to have support and can offer counselling to our members.”