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

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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

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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.barnett@imaginebetter.co.nz