Chapter Development and Membership – Bernie Roberson | EAPA-SA


Ms. Bernie Roberson

Mrs Roberson obtained her BA Social Work Honours degree and has 35 years’ experience as a social worker of which 20 years have been in the field of EAP. She completed the UP Introductory Course to EAP and trained in Transactional Analysis, Project Management, Trauma Debriefing, Mediation, Divorce Counselling, and HIV Programmes. She also managed Staff compliment and budgets and sourced funding for NPO projects.

She previously worked for Excelsior Service Centre for Aged, Provincial Administration of Orange Free State, Uitenhage Child and Family Welfare Society and PE Child and Family Welfare Society and specialised in Preventative and Statutory services.

Mrs Roberson also worked for PE Mental Health Society specialising in Community Development in rural areas of Eastern Cape and as a project manager for Protective Facilities for persons with Mental Disability. Later working for the Cancer Association of South Africa in Port Elizabeth, then as Regional Manager for Western Region and Family and Marriage South Africa in PE as Supervisor and co-ordinator of the Community Development and Gender/Domestic Violence Team.

She became involved in EAP Programmes while working for FAMSA and worked for OCSA where she managed and implemented the EAP services at the Goodyear Factory. Mrs Roberson then moved to Induscare as they took over the Goodyear contract and continues to manage and implement EAP and wellness services

Mrs Roberson was involved in the resurrection of the Nelson Mandela Bay Chapter in 2008 to 2009 and was Chapter Chairperson from 2010 to 2015. She received Board Member of the Year as well as Chapter of the Year in 2013.

She has been involved with EAPA-SA since 2010 and the Eduweek Organising Committee since 2012 and became Eduweek Portfolio Holder in 2015. She has since proceeded to manage successful Eduweeks since 2016 to 2023 where 419 delegates attended Eduweek at the Wild Coast Sun.

Mrs Roberson is currently working in the Private sector and managing an EAP contract in Uitenhage.

She has actively been involved in the EAP field since 2004 where she fell in love with EAP. Mrs Roberson is also actively involved in both the local Chapter and the Board and brings with skills, knowledge, commitment and dedication. She is committed to furthering the field of EAP and previously voluntarily assisted the board for almost a year when they did not have a secretary or office manager and is fully aware of the time commitments required to serve on the board. Her greatest passion is to share knowledge and mentor in the filed of EAP

Portfolio Responsibilities:

  • Prioritise Chapters in need.

  • Chapter executive training

  • Create new chapters

  • Ensure that the Chapters comply with EAPA-SA Constitution, Standards and Governance provisions through training

  • Ensure section 21 and finance compliance.

  • Assist Chapters to align with the overall EAPA-SA strategy

  • To increase the membership base of EAPA-SA.

  • Ensure that Chapters set and adhere to membership targets

Portfolio Goals:

  • Strategically empower the Chapters to assume and fully execute roles and functions.

  • Manage membership and assist with designations

Contact details:

Phone: 083 501 5212

Work: 041 994 6639