He aha te mea nui o te ao. What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. Introducing key members of the Malcam Team.
Fiona grew up in Wellington and migrated to Dunedin in 2001 beginning work at the Malcam Trust. Fiona manages the youth development programs and her skills in youth work, counselling, and personal development bring a lot to people involved with the trust. She has a passion for and interest in working with young people from all areas of life and especially enjoys her work supporting and educating others on how to work with and build positive relationships with each other and young people.
Fiona is very creative, working with her many mediums of art outside of her day to day role and uses her spark within the work environment whenever possible.
For the past twelve years Garth has been empowering young people to make the right choices for themselves. His main role involves educating young people about employment skills and working with groups developing/extending their leadership skills and personal strengths.
Garth was raised with practical skills due to both sets of grandparents being farmers. This led to a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a solid work ethic of “just doing it because it has to be done”.
Garth is an avid sports fanatic, and still plays rugby during the winter months. He also enjoys tramping, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Jethro has been working in youth development for the Malcam Trust for 7 years. Jethro works as part of the wider general youth worker team. When it comes to young people the glass is always half full with Jethro and he works hard to help youth prepare themselves for work, further education or whatever life might bring. Jethro uses a holistic, real world and relational approach when working with youth.
In his spare time, Jethro is a keen online gamer, home handyman, lover of books, tramping, good company and good conversation.
Grant has worked outdoors for most of his life. He is resilient to all weather and has a wide range of skills and competencies necessary for gardening and surface maintenance. This includes a real talent for anything with a motor and a extremely high standard for quality finishes.
Grant works for the Malcam Trust as the Dunedin Botanic Garden Supervisor. That role requires him to work with, manage and train young people employed by the Trust to assist him with the maintenance of surfaces at the Garden. Grant teaches young people how to work and builds in them the confidence, skill base and work ethic to work anywhere else. Grant is often seen by the trainees he has as a father figure and feels very proud when his trainees move on from the Botanic Garden to full time employment.
In his spare time Grant loves to fish, restore old cars, camp, play pool and spend time with his two sons.
Phone: 021 277 4175
Guy is our Kowhai Grove Garden Coordinator. The seed for gardening was planted early on at home in the backyard and took shape while living in London after being involved in a rooftop community garden. Volunteering on different farms introduced him to Permaculture and the decision was made to return to New Zealand to share his experiences. Auckland had the need and challenge for someone to support numerous community gardens and manage a Garden to Table project for a foster care facility, which he gladly accepted. Now returning to his roots of Dunedin he looks forward to positively influencing local food production and creating healthy environments with various communities.
Having grown up in Portobello and then studying in Wellington, Connor is a man with many interests and diverse talents including climate science, growing and cooking food, writing and playing music, mindfulness and mental health, social enterprise development, and building interactive digital sculptures. His role here is to get more young people deeply engaged with what we do and he is leading the development of our youth centre. If you've got a passion or project which you think young people might want to be involved with, please get in touch with him and talk about how Malcam Trust might be able to make it happen.
After living in Dunedin for 17 years, Margaret and her husband made the permanent move to Kaka Point in the Clutha District where they have holidayed with their family for over 30 years.
Margaret has always had a passion for disabled people, which has included working with young people at secondary school, supporting their transition from school and encouraging them to pursue their goals in further education, work, and meaningful participation in the community when others sometimes only see their disability and not the person or their skills.
She is excited to be using her skills to work with a wide range of young people across the Clutha district in the 12-24 age group so that they will become empowered, develop their resilience and become active participants in their communities.
To relax Margaret enjoys walks on the beach as well as exploring the wider Catlins area has to offer, spending time in her large garden, reading and enjoying time with family.
Sarah is going to obtain her social work degree in 2020 and is currently living in Dunedin. She enjoys working alongside young people and was fortunate to experience her social work student placement at Malcam Trust in Dunedin. She values incorporating a holistic approach when supporting young people. Sarah enjoys the outdoors and nature, going for bush walks and gardening. From her experiences, including having been a nanny for nearly ten years, she has a very personable personality with the ability to relate to people from all walks of life.
Phone: 027 431 0263
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