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 – Assistant Manager
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 – Senior 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.
Rhys – Senior 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.
Paloma – Youth Support Worker
Paloma has just moved to Queenstown for a change after living in Taranaki for the majority of her life. Recently Paloma graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and her experience has been centered around working with children and young people. Previously working as a Children and Youth Social Worker, Youth Mentor, and Childcare Worker, Paloma has developed a passion for supporting and empowering young people to be the best versions of themselves. In her spare time, Paloma enjoys the beach, baking, spending time with pets, and hanging out with friends and family.