Dave from the Chaplaincy team at OASIS kindly prepared a post about their people and the work they do.
Chaplains are available at Oasis, Flinders University to support and encourage the religious and spiritual needs of students and staff. We understand spirituality to be one important aspect of our overall health and wellbeing, alongside our physical, social, and psychological needs.
Oasis has a long history in providing care and support for students and staff through chaplaincy at Flinders. Our chaplaincy team appreciates that university life is often fast paced and ever changing, so we’re available to journey with you through the highs and lows experienced both at Flinders and in personal life. Flinders’ Chaplaincy has had a long history of multifaith representation and we value this as core to who we are. We also work closely with the Health and Counseling team.
The team is committed to mutual respect and understanding across our diverse religious and cultural backgrounds – and value our diversity as one of the great strengths of Oasis. We have many friends across Adelaide from different traditions, so even if a particular faith or religious background isn’t represented by the team, drop by and we’ll do our best to support, refer and network you in the right direction.
Rev. Dave Williamson
Dave is a Uniting Church minister, and has been a chaplain at Flinders since 2014, having spent several years at the University of Wollongong prior. Dave enjoys the dynamic and fluid of nature of the university as well as the diversity of thought and experience people bring to it.
Dave is married with 2 sons, 2 dogs, and 2 budgies and has a passion for health, wellbeing, meditation, and is also an endurance athlete and coach.
Pastor Toh Ng
Toh is a Chinese born in Malaysia, but has lived in Australia for more than 30 years. He is currently a Pastor at Marion Vineyard Church, and also practices as an optometrist. Toh has a Bachelor Degree in Optometry, and a Science Degree in Psychology from the University of New South Wales.
Toh enjoys connecting with all people, and especially likes to assist International students to adjust to the Australian University context. Toh is passionate about theology and psychology.
Toh enjoys eating a good variety of food, and especially likes to share food and fellowship with others.
Pastor Maria Ng
Maria is a Pastor at Marion Vineyard Church. She also has a nursing background and has worked for 20 years in Intensive Care Units. Maria has a Bachelor in Nursing, Masters in Clinical Education, and a Masters in Ministry.
She is currently a casual teacher in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University at Sturt Campus. Having studied and worked down at Sturt campus for many years, Maria is keen to help grow and foster a supportive community for the staff and students at Sturt.
Maria is married and has one son, she likes to relax watching movies, eating great food, and loves to be creative in various ways.
Deborah has been involved with Oasis since 2016 and facilitates the English Chat group on Monday afternoons. Deborah is currently training in ministry with the Anglican Church and brings a great level of compassion and care to Oasis.
She has a background in Education and training, and passion for supporting the Flinders University community through the challenges of study, change, and life in general. Deborah values the opportunity to learn alongside English Chat participants as well as those who drop into Oasis – to discuss, question and share in a relaxed, supportive environment of cultural richness.
Deborah is married and loves being a grandma. Although study fills much of her spare time, there is always space for reading, creating, landscaping and watching motorsports