My Dad once told me "If you can shake hands and laugh with the workers and the Mayor in the same day, you will do well in this world". The Waikato's greatest opportunity is to leverage and coordinating its many strengths - the economy, environment and most importantly, it's people. Enabling this opportunity requires brokering the alignment of those strengths to address areas of need. Momentum Waikato is uniquely positioned to play this role, co-ordinating generous donors with transformative projects. I am humbled to have this opportunity to action my Fathers advice and bring people together to make Waikato the most generous region on the planet.
The Waikato Region is my heart and soul having grown up in the regions and settling on the outskirts of the city. I am passionate about building a culture of philanthropy and have always been encouraging of our family members to give back to the communities that have served us well. I see my role at the Momentum Foundation as the perfect complement to these values and are excited to be working for such a forward-thinking organisation.
As the second employee of Momentum Waikato, it has been awesome to play a role in building our region's community foundation. I'm so passionate about the role strategic philanthropy can play in our society, and the opportunity we have to support systemic change. My dream for the region is to see young people thrive with meaningful connections, growth opportunities, pathways to be generous, and positive well-being.
The Waikato is where my family has consciously chosen to make our home, and we feel very fortunate to live here. It is exciting to be a part of a growing region and rewarding to work within an organisation that helps facilitate positive impact in our communities. By having empathy for others and thinking philanthropically, we can create change.