Lyn Amos - General Manager
I have a deep appreciation of social justice issues and hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Psychology. I also bring to my role as General Manager over 25 years’ experience in business ownership, evaluation and research experience. I am passionate about the work VFC is doing as I believe that for everyone to participate fully and equally as citizens, communities must be free of the fear of violence. I love being a mother, and fitting as much fun in my life as I can, such as gardening, biking, tramping, travel and yoga. I am a Board member of the Zonta Club of Auckland – part of an international women’s service organization whose aim is to empower women and girls worldwide; and additionally, I am a registered celebrant, and a meditation teacher of the Ishaya tradition – a practice that offers an ongoing experience of peace.
Kristi Shaw - Project Co-ordinator, Bullying Not Our Future
I am passionate about making a difference for safer relationships, safer families and safer communities. My passion, together with my creative spirit, collaborative approach, and sense of fun have brought me to Violence Free Communities to be working on the Banishing Bullying Together project. This project is vitally important to our people and our communities as almost everyone knows someone (sister, brother, child, friend, neighbour, co-worker) who has been bullied and almost everyone has wanted to help them get out of that situation. Sometimes with real heart-breaking results. Most times, everyone wants to help, they just don’t know what to do, or how to do it.
Most of my career I have helped to make things happen, get things off the ground, and develop and grow ideas into long-lasting projects. I have a wide variety of interests and experience in my past roles as Community Coordinator, Youth Worker, Recreation Manager, Environment Project Manager, SafeTeen facilitator, and Narrative Therapist. I also love being a mother of my two teenagers.
Tamara Clarke - Administration Co-ordinator
I have been privileged to have been part of the Violence Free Communities team since 2014. I have previously worked as a physiotherapist helping to ensure 'healthy bodies' and now are happy to be part of the work to develop 'healthy relationships' and 'healthy communities'. I have a young family who keep me busy and in touch with the issues confronting our youth in their communities today. I'm a keen runner and enjoy family tramps and multiday cycles.
Elaine Dyer - Project Leader, Jade Speaks Up
Elaine Dyer has made a major commitment to preventing violence in our communities. From her beginnings as a primary school teacher then counsellor with Youthline, and later her educational work in prisons, Elaine could see that there was a need in the community to teach the skills and talk about problems openly if we were going to make changes. Over the time she was training and development coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (a Quaker based project working in prisons and communities around the world) Elaine worked in a wide variety of countries… USA, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, Hong Kong, Tonga, England and Australia. Over the last 14 years, Elaine was CEO of Violence Free Waitakere where she focused the work of preventing violence through many innovative projects designed to stop violence before it happened. Being Project Leader of Jade Speaks Up is her current work with Violence Free Communities which has just been resourced by ACC.
Annalily van den Broeke – Project Leader, Our Amazing Place
Art is a powerful tool to make the world a better place and attracts many creative and driven professionals, volunteers and community members. I’ve been fortunate to work in this area my whole life, in The Netherlands, the US and now in New Zealand. My degree in Arts & Media Management was a solid base for a wide scope of work: from project managing the redevelopment of a national museum in Leerdam to running environmental activities in my West Auckland neighbourhood. The past five years I worked for Auckland Council as project manager Public Art. Since January 2016 I’m organising projects in art, environment and community building. One of these is the fabulous Our Amazing Place – Community Treasure Hunt which I thoroughly enjoy!
Shelley Cunningham - Project Leader, Toddler Day Out
I have been in events and hospitality my whole working career. Since establishing my own event management company in 2014 I have been working on multiple projects specialising in conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and events. My priority is to create and deliver a high quality event – that will provide an experience that our guests will always remember. Outside of my work I am kept busy with my family and my involvement as Chair of the PTS at their school. I love being outdoors, playing sports and being at the beach when time permits.
Caty Ferguson – Project Leader, Little Kauri
I am a kindergarten teacher and have been working in Early Childhood for 20 years in a variety of settings, including in ECE centres, kindergartens and home based education. I have worked extensively with families from low socio economic backgrounds and am passionate about ensuring all children receive the best possible early childhood education. I have been working with Violence Free Communities: since 2011 on Tatou Tamariki Playdays, and since 2014 at Little Kauri at West Harbour School. I have three children who attend West Harbour School. I enjoy working with the local community and seeing families benefit from the opportunities we can provide.
Andrea O'Hagan - Jade Speaks Up
During my 10 year association with Violence Free Communities I co-developed the programmes Violence Free Begins with Me, Jade Speaks Up and Banishing Bullying. I also co-developed programmes for the Aotearoa Peace Foundation for parents and teens.
My teaching career has included teaching in primary & intermediate schools, kindergartens, and pre-schools. For my Masters in Education degree I studied neuro-science, literacy and cognition. I was the NLP Brain Coach in secondary school for 3 &1/2 years and taught in the Arts and Language team with the Faculty of Education of Waikato for 12 years. I was awarded First Class Honours for my dissertation on Effective Teacher Talk using NLP as an analysis tool. Through my coaching business Positive Changes I offer education consultancy in schools and community education specializing in practical uses of neuro-linguistics to contribute to students’ personal resilience and learning processes and to teachers’ relational pedagogy.