LAC Team

LAC Team

Jeanette Tioke | LAC Eastern Bay of Plenty

Tena tatou katoa

I am of Ngāti Awa and Ngai Te Rangi descent, raised in Kawerau where I still live today.

Being an LAC appealed to me because I am passionate about our community in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I grew up within a community that helped each other, that built each other's strengths so all could feel a sense of value and find their role, their place. As an LAC, I have the opportunity to support others to recognise their strengths and use them within their community.

I believe information and knowledge are powerful - with these, people have more opportunities and choices to have good lives.

I started working as an LAC in September 2015. For the past 15 years I have worked mostly in education, with roles including teaching, Early Intervention Teacher and Education Services Manager.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my whānau, enjoying all the taonga of our whenua in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Phone 07 282 3020
Mobile 027 588 2699
Email jeanette.tioke@imaginebetter.co.nz

LAC Team

Karen Williams | LAC Western Bay of Plenty

‘Where do you come from’ is the hardest question often asked of me. Brought up as a child of a British serviceman I lived much of my life travelling overseas in Europe and the Mediterranean. A lifestyle which immersed me into different cultures and backgrounds, gave me confidence and a broad, opened minded and more tolerant view of the world.

I moved to New Zealand in 2005 looking for the ‘Good Life’ and immersed myself into the kiwi way, where I fell in love with its lifestyle and its rich diverse community. For the last 10 years I have been the Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent working alongside families and individuals with a disability and have been a Trustee for the Western Bay of Plenty Disability Support Trust. I have come to understand some of the barriers individuals face in their community and everyday lives which inspired me to take the role of LAC

I believe the quality of our lives is determined by the richness of the relationships we have around us. For some that could be family for others that may be through friends or connections with likeminded individuals in sport, art, work or maybe through education. I believe wholeheartedly in enabling opportunities for all. Everyone has something to bring to the table and I enjoy supporting others to work to their strengths, challenging them to step outside their comfort zone to explore new opportunities for progression and personal development.

Outside of work I am a keen walker. I love the outdoors and am extremely goal driven and will try anything once, including completing the Oxfam Trail walker 100km walk and more recently a women’s Triathlon. I enjoy painting and mosaics, and am currently a Trustee on the Board for The Incubator – ‘growing art and culture’.

Phone 07 281 1730
Mobile 027 450 8877
Email karen.williams@imaginebetter.co.nz

LAC Team

Jemma McLoughlin | LAC Western Bay of Plenty

I've always been passionate about making a difference in people's lives. Becoming a Local Area Coordinator in the Western Bay is an opportunity to make a difference in my local community.

I live in rural Te Puna. We are a close-knit community and I know my neighbours well.

I grew up in Manchester in the United Kingdom, where I gained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I have also studied life coaching and adult teaching, and I am currently studying business.

I began my career teaching and rehabilitating offenders. I then spent three years in the education sector providing career coaching and support to final year students.

After moving to New Zealand in 2006, I started work as a Coordinator for Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) at Support Net in Tauranga. I then worked as a contractor for ACC. My role was to help people with disabilities prepare to return to work.

I now run my own life coaching business in the Bay of Plenty, alongside my role as an LAC. I am also involved with programme development at ImagineBetter.

In all my roles, my approach is to empower people to explore possibilities and imagine their life the way they want it. I then work with them to plan the steps to get there and encourage them to go for it!

As an LAC, I brainstorm with people and their families. I work creatively and help people to think outside the box.

Outside of work, I enjoy doing Zumba, tramping, walking, cooking and entertaining friends.

Phone 07 281 1735
Mobile 027 493 4609
Email jemma.mcloughlin@imaginebetter.co.nz

LAC Team

Paige Marshall | LAC Western Bay of Plenty

Helping people to achieve their goals and aspirations has always been a huge passion of mine. I thoroughly enjoy walking alongside people, especially those who may be at a disadvantage for whichever reason, helping them to feel empowered to have the Good Life that they want. This is why the role as LAC appealed to me, as it fits with my personal values as well as my passion for helping others.

I’m originally from the Tararua region (near Palmerston North) where my parents raised my two brothers and I on a small dairy farm. I then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and upon graduation I accepted a voluntary position to live and work in Tonga for ten months. In Tonga I worked with many incredible women who were eager to advance and develop their business skills to ultimately have a better life for themselves, their family, their neighbours and the wider community. This incredible journey enhanced my desire to work with people and to help people become connected with their roots, their families and their community. I then completed a Post-Graduate Degree in Development Studies at Victoria University and since then have moved to the Bay of Plenty region to establish a strong and well connected life.

In my spare time I enjoy discovering the beautiful country side that New Zealand has to offer. I also volunteer as a youth mentor for a local leadership academy in Papamoa and am always on the lookout for community development projects that I can take part in.

As an LAC I aim to encourage people to be unique, to have their own dreams and aspirations, and therefore to embrace their understanding of what a Good Life looks like for them.

Phone 07 281 1736
Mobile 027 588 2700
Email paige.marshall@imaginebetter.co.nz

LAC Team

Victoria Brott | LAC Western Bay of Plenty

Tēnā tatou katoa (Greetings to you all)

Being born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Canada, I speak both French & English fluently. After extensive travels, I moved to New Zealand in 1999 and have now settled with deep roots in this country. Over the years, I have made genuine efforts to raise my awareness of Māori customs and protocols as I believe it is the essence of what makes New Zealand so special.

From a very young age, I have felt strongly about equality and the rights and responsibilities of all citizens to contribute to and cherish life on this amazing planet. I believe we are all unique and yet connected by basic human truths.

Influenced by my genuine interest in the global community, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. I have also participated in several Life Coaching seminars and feel this is integral to my current role as an effective Local Area Coordinator.

As I start out as an LAC, I’m struck by the incredible possibilities that arise when we dare to hope and dream of a good life. I believe that we can all have a good life by expanding or developing our relationships with our neighbours and other citizens. I am really excited by the opportunities that surround us. I look forward to meeting you kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).

Phone 07 281 1733
Mobile 027 588 2698
Email victoria.brott@imaginebetter.co.nz

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Mary Barnett | LAC Lakes District

I've always been interested in disability. In my younger years I enjoyed spending time at an early intervention centre with my niece who has Down syndrome.

When I moved to Rotorua in 1995 I decided to study a Diploma in Teaching People with Disabilities. This was life changing for me.

I've worked in disability for nearly 20 years now, with IHC in vocational services; with AccessAbility in supported living; and as an advocate with Voice Advocacy Trust. I've also volunteered with People First.

The LAC role appealed to me because I believe if you're looking for a good life, you have to find that in the community, not just through services. A good life comes from being with people who love you, care for you and want a good life for you. It comes from connections.

As an LAC I have the opportunity to help turn around people's thinking about disability. People can ask others in their community to help with things, like a ride to a show, rather than having to always pay a support worker to do the things they enjoy.

Rotorua is a great small town where you can get to know everything and everyone. I've learned a lot about Māori culture while living here and I understand the importance of being culturally sensitive.

Outside of work I am part of two book clubs. I enjoy music, catching up with friends and spending time with my three daughters and two grandchildren.

Phone 07 282 2199
Mobile 027 558 6565
Email mary@imaginebetter.co.nz