Community Engagement Manager
Ending HIV in New Zealand means that every person in our community can feel empowered to play a role in the social movement towards zero new transmissions in Aotearoa by 2025. I feel incredibly privileged to play my part in achieving this goal.
Social justice, equity and community development have for many years been my passion and focus.
Co-founding Q-Youth in Nelson (2009-2011) alongside some incredibly talented young people and adult supporters gave me many insights into the importance of regional support for LGBTIQ communities. I am so impressed with the work of all NZAF staff. In particular, the work that our staff achieve in our Regional Centres and beyond into rural New Zealand is truly inspiring.
For the five years prior to taking up my role at NZAF, I had the good fortune to coordinate a nationally significant LGBTIQ youth program for headspace Frankston called Peninsula Pride. Headspace is Australia’s national youth mental health organisation. Headspace centres have a kaupapa of meeting the many and varied needs of young people through a consortium of services working together to create wrap-around care, like an interconnected safety net.
I see the social movement of Ending HIV in Aotearoa to be similar. We must work together as services and individuals to ensure that everyone understands that they have a role to play and feels empowered to play their part in ending HIV. Together we can stand against stigma and discrimination and make available all of the tools that will protect our communities from onward transmissions of HIV.