Jacqui – Manager
Jacqui originates from Auckland and has been living and working in Queenstown for over a decade. She has raised two children, now both adults. Her passion for young people grew through training and volunteering for Youthline and during the course of completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Following these experiences and through her own personal understanding of raising a child with Aspergers, Jacqui worked in both Intermediate and Primary schools with children who had both behavioural and learning difficulties. This led her to complete a Graduate Diploma in Teaching prior to moving to Queenstown. Jacqui loves working in the community as both a Manager and a Senior Youth Support Worker and continues to enjoy mentoring and advocating for the youth of the Wakatipu area and celebrating all that they contribute to our community.
Mairead – Senior Youth Support Worker
Mairead is from Glasgow in Scotland and has been living in Queenstown for almost a year. After travelling New Zealand, Mairead’s plan was to work in the North Island, however the hustle and bustle of Queenstown has been too good to leave. Mairead has a degree in Social Work and worked as a children and families social worker for three years before packing her bags and moving to the other side of the pond. Mairead has experience of working with children and young people of all ages. She has previous experience working as a youth worker whilst studying and took on a role as a Volunteer Coordinator for a charity in Edinburgh for a period of time. Mairead has a passion for making a difference in young people’s lives and is looking forward to learning the Kiwi way.
Noah – Youth Support Worker
Noah was raised on the East Coast of Australia, in the Byron Shire. Growing up with an alternative (Steiner) education, Noah has seen first hand the benefits of strengths based approach when working with youth. Noah has been with the Wakatipu Youth Trust since the beginning of 2016, starting off as a volunteer, moving to a part-time position, then a full-time position at the beginning of 2018. During this time Noah has also completed a Diploma in Youth Work. Noah’s ability to engage and mentor our local youth continues to be a valuable asset to the work of our organisation.
Dakota – Youth Support Worker
A Waikato girl though and though, Dakota came to Queenstown a year and a half ago for a 2 week holiday to see family and never left! Bringing her positive, bubbly, can do attitude, she is always up for helping people be the best version of themselves. Dakota has been working with young adults in the disability and mental health sector for 3 years as a Support Worker. This saw Dakota getting people out of their comfort zone and taking on challenges in a safe supported environment creating a sense of achievement for her clients. Supporting people in this way brings the biggest smile to her face! Dakota is a big kid herself and loves to create fun in all aspects of her life (including climbing mountains), and stays active in her free time. She’s very much a social butterfly and is a great asset to our team and youth.
Rhys – Youth Support Worker
Rhys is from Australia, way out in the middle of nowhere! Rhys started working with youth when he was 19 years old. He ran a jam session music programme, getting young people involved in learning an instrument and jamming as a group together. He has a degree in Psychological Science and has worked for 7 years with Child Protection and Family Support in different places in Australia. He came to New Zealand 3 and a half years ago for a holiday and decided it was too pretty to leave! He spends his time going on long hikes, climbing, playing guitar and going on outdoor adventures.