Name: Craig Nielsen Role: Coordinator
 

What do you do?:

I work alongside our awesome operational crew and governance team to help realise our dreams and goals. This can be…. manning a BBQ, public speaking, raffle selling, writing reports, funding applications, emptying the rubbish or mostly anything that helps us progress towards our vision of Maximising Abilities.

What is your passion?:

Well, once upon a time it was cars and anything mechanical -and it kind of still is, however time and funds to enjoy those things are a little limited. I’ve always loved a strong, vibrant community and especially family and fun things for them. I also love the mighty Taranaki!

Why are you here?

Because I want to be! My oldest son, along with his peers with disabilities were the prime motivators to establishing Conductive Education in Taranaki. For them not being able to access regular intervention in Taranaki was unfair and something needed to change for these vulnerable kids. I desire to see an equitably provided and funded service providing real opportunities for people with disabilities and help build towards a resilient and compassionate society.

The most ridiculous thing you have done:

The one most appropriate for the internet……Thinking it was a great idea to travel to USA with $2000 when I was “younger” and think I could easily survive for 3 months. I could, would and did and formed some awesome life-long friends in the process!!

Name: Renata Role: Conductor
 

What do you do?:

I am a Conductor. A WHAT? I know…

Not a Conductor checking your ticket on a train, not a Conductor waving arms in front of an orchestra… In my case it means a specialist in Conductive Education; an amalgamation of a special needs teacher and a therapist.

What is your passion?:

I have a few… besides working with kids it’s music; I sing in two choirs. I also love traveling, gardening and anything to do with food (cooking, baking, preserving, experimenting with new recipes)… oh yeah, and eating too.

Why are you here?

The idea of helping a group of parents establish and grow a new Conductive Education centre in a beautiful part of Aotearoa sounded too good not to apply for the job. Now that I’m here I help a bunch of amazing kids reach their potential, support their families through guidance and ideas and try to find ways how the wider special needs community in Taranaki can benefit from what I know and do.

The most ridiculous thing you have done:

To move across half the globe to work for Craig.

 

 


Name: Bettina Smith Role: Trustee
 

What do you do?:

I’m an accountant

What is your passion?:

Family

Why are you here?

I’d like to make a positive difference to the future of the children attending our centre

Something interesting about me:

I enjoy doing makeup for amateur theatre

Name: Emma Crofskey Role: Treasurer
 

What do you do?:

I am currently self-employed and do a variety of jobs from property management to project management. Currently working on a personal renovation and managing/secretary to my two kids.

What is your passion?:

My passion is my kids, making people smile and the beach. I love going surfing and going on trips where possible with the family.

Why are you here?

I am involved with Conductive Education Taranaki through my son attending the classroom and I can see the benefits Conductive Education can have for many Taranaki children with various disabilities or disadvantages.

The weirdest/best job I have had:

I have had a variety of jobs over the years, from conducting fish counts in a Marine Reserve to helping to build multi-million dollar sailing yachts. One of the best jobs was after University and before joining the “real world” I worked on a couple of Superyachts overseas, one was based in the Bahamas and the other spent its time between Europe and the Caribbean. It was a great way to see different parts of the world that I wouldn’t normally have travelled to, and eye-opening to see how the superyacht super-rich society live!


Name: Michelle Shoemark Role: Classroom Assistant
 

What do you do?:

I assist in class and support children at daycare and kindy.

What is your passion?:

Hot rods

Why are you here?

To make a difference in childrens lives

The most ridiculous thing you have done:

Doing Lockdown challenges with friends, posted on Facebook to amuse other people.

Name: Kevin Nielsen Role: Board Member
 

What do you do?:

Full time voluntary work for Conductive Education Taranaki and New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled. Board member Taranaki District Health Board for 7 years.

What is your passion?:

My family and Taranaki, I love it!!

Why are you here?

My grandson essentially, but to do what I can to help people living with disability.

The most ridiculous thing you have done:

There’s been so many I can’t decide which is the most ridiculous!


Name: Pip Role: Centre Assistant & Trustee
 

What do you do?:

Centre assistant, Trustee, parent of a CE kid.

What is your passion?:

Continually learning new skills, music, art, skiing/boarding, fitness.  Also instructing Dance Fitness.

Why are you here?

To help Conductive Taranaki become a sustainable business for years to come so it can help hundreds of Taranaki people.

The most ridiculous thing you have done:

So many it’s hard to choose…. Maybe skiing around the French Alps in a seasonnaires race dressed as a poo; or possibly all the things I have jumped off and out of over the years, or weird situations I have ended up in in foreign countries.  As I said – there are quite a few! 

Name: Rachel Bedford Role: Team Leader
 

What do you do?:

I lead our operational team for our Conductive Education service, and our Early Intervention service. This includes being in class with some of our awesome tamariki, making sure we keep in touch with our whanau, helping the team with whatever they need, managing our administration/office work, reports, cleaning up after class, planning and scheduling.

What is your passion?:

My family, helping and working with others.

Why are you here?

I love my work, the people are awesome, I am passionate about what we are doing for our children, families and community, it is meaningful to me, and because Craig and Zak employed me 3 years ago and now, I can’t imagine being anywhere else!

 

Name: Neil Evetts Role: Chairperson
 

What do you do?:

Semi-retired Chartered Accountant, Director and Trustee of various Boards.

What is your passion?:

To give back to the community some of what I have gained experience and knowledge wise while I am still able to do so.

Why are you here?

I like to support and work with an organisation that is passionate about it’s cause.

The most ridiculous thing you have done:

Playing 100 holes of golf in 10 hours to raise money for Cancer, rewarding but very hard work.