2020 Be. Leaders

Meet the 12 participants of the 2020 Be. Leadership programme - an incredible group of access citizens leading and enabling a more accessible future for all.

Meet the Leaders

Claudia Boyles -Wellington

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I'm a woman, a loving partner, an animal lover. I'm an American and an Australian, a diligent worker, a traveler, and an immigrant. I'm a film enthusiast, a swimmer and a cyclist. I'm a paraplegic.

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Eric Knapp -Christchurch

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Hi, I’m Eric. I’m a research assistant/peer and patient support at The Rose Centre for stroke research and rehabilitation. If I’m not at work, watching a movie or moaning about the weather I’m at the gym- staying active and healthy is very important to me.

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Eric Matthews - Auckland

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My name is Eric. I am very strong in my identity and I am proud to be both Maori and Deaf. I love my communities and love to share my skills and support.

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Karley Parker - Dunedin

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Kia ora! I am Karley! My passion lies in wellbeing promotion for people with access needs and working alongside people to achieve their goals in order to live their best life.

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Leia Senington - Auckland

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My name is Leia, I love chai, weekend rambles, and red pandas. My passion lies in being part of creating an equitable community, where everyone has fair access and a level playing field.

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Maddy Wenmoth - Christchurch

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I’m Maddy. I'm a daughter, a sister, an aunty, a Cantabrian, an administrator and an avid knitter. But more than that, I'm an advocate for an accessible future. One where we don't just have accessible spaces but every space is accessible to everyone.

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Madeleine Uaine - Auckland

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I’m Madeleine. I have a love of Maori and Pacific art and am a past awardee scholar, 2014’s Top 30 Fine Arts students in Auckland, studied Architecture and Visual Arts at Unitec Institute of Technology and have worked in art galleries in South Auckland including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

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Matt Truman - Wellington

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Kia Ora, I am Matt Truman. I am passionate about people and their journey to find purpose and fulfilment. I have a background in counselling and for purpose organisations.

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Melissa Jones - Auckland

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With a heart to support communities that want to grow. I love facilitating conversations that get people thinking about what can be done to move their community forward.

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Natalie Mclean - Palmerston North

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Hi, I’m Nat. I am a young lass from Palmerston North with a passion for helping others and assisting them on their journey in life. This passion has grown since I was diagnosed with a deteriorating eye condition called Rod Cone Retinal Dystrophy.

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Nick Stoneman - Christchurch

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I’m Nick. For me, the biggest challenges here in New Zealand are the disability sector non-engagement and Welfare Inequality: I would love to be part of the change around Leadership in all these spaces.

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Sejin Bae - Auckland

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My name is Sejin and I am Deaf. I live in West Auckland and I work at Stuff.co.nz. My hope for the world is that we can work together to protect the environment, and I would love to see more unity between races, and disabled and non-disabled.

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Contact

Phone
+64 9 309 8966
Email
Centre of Possibility
@ AUT

Room WB239
WB Building
(The Seddon Building)
63 Wellesley St East
Auckland City

Mail
PO Box 78 021
Grey Lynn 1245
New Zealand