Life Paths People
The Lifepaths Charitable Trust was formed in 2005 with the support of The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust. We are based in the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) of New Zealand (Aotearoa).Only by ensuring our children are emotionally and intellectually grounded can we guarantee sound and productive leadership for future generations.
Heléna Francis is founding chairperson and trustee of Lifepaths charitable trust. She is a board member of Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and Philanthropy NZ and is known for her kind heart and astute sales acumen. The sales brain behind Lifepaths she is also an integral member of the management team.
"I am passionate about making long term change for our young people by providing evaluated programmes to give them the skills to develop into healthy productive adults.”
Heléna lives with her husband Rick and two delightful children, Jamie and Nicholas along with a small zoo of dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds. She enjoys wine, gardening, and skiing and does NOT enjoy people who are unkind to children or animals! Heléna says she can talk the hind leg off a donkey but can’t sing or dance.
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Sue Bagshaw is a founding trustee of Lifepaths charitable trust. She is a primary care practitioner in a community youth health centre that she helped set up 11 years ago, she sits on many boards both nationally and internationally for adolescent health and is known for her unfaltering advocacy for youth health research, training and development. The clinical and research brain behind Lifepaths she is an integral member of the Lifepaths board.
" It is great to be part of developing a programme that can actually prevent mental ill health and provide a fence at the top of the cliff instead of an ambulance at the bottom”
Sue is married to Philip and has 4 grown children, Andrew, Claire, Hannah and James + 2 grandsons, James and Fynn and a granddaughter, Emma. She spends every waking moment in the crusade for youth health development and education. She says she has common interests with young people - sex, drugs and rock 'n roll!
Anthony is the manager of Lifepaths Charitable Trust. He loves putting his education and business background to work for the Friends programmes. Anthony enjoys travelling and has lived in Japan, UK and Spain. He has a Japanese/Spanish fiancee and 5 nieces and nephews in Christchurch. He likes playing Fun Friends games with his niece Ella.
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Sally Mountfort is an advisory trustee to lifepaths board. She is the administrator for the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and a Registered Legal Executive and Associate of Mortlock McCormack Law. Sally is known for her ability to get things done whatever it takes and is an integral member of the management team.
“Our children are our tomorrow. How they grow and develop today determines the health of our society tomorrow. We build the capacity of our children by teaching them what works, by each developing the tools to successfully overcome adversity.”
Sally lives with her cat and award-winning garden. She has two daughters living overseas. Personal interests include restoring a 110-year-old brick cottage, gardening, tramping, opera, chamber music, and theatre and, when finance permits, travelling.
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Te Üpoko o Tahumatä te maunga
Käti Mako raua ko Ngati Irakehu oku hapü
Waitaha, Rapuwai, Käti Mamoe, Käti Kuri, Ngai Tahu nga iwi
Ökana te awa
Wairewa te roto
Mako räua ko täna wahine a Te Ropuake oku matua tipuna
Takitimu toku waka
Anxiety and mental health disorders cross cultural divides so promoting emotional resilience, reduced anxiety and increased self-esteem in young people is really an investment in our future as a nation.
I have been involved in development or capacity building one way or another for the last twenty-two years. Amongst other things I have worked as a Youth Worker, Therapist, Community Development Advisor for the Government and in more recent years have become heavily involved in my tribe Ngai Tahu. Initially as the Special Projects Manager for Ngai Tahu Development and more recently as an Advisory Consultant. I am the Chairperson of Wairewa Papatipu Runanga and a Director of Takuahi Research and Development and Te Kete o Wairewa. My focus has been on building people, mentoring and coaching. I have five children (three boys and two girls) and one mokopuna (grandchild) with another due early 2007.
Working with the Lifepaths Trust is a pleasure and a previlege. Although working for my tribe is a passion and way of life The Lifepaths Trust and The FRIENDS for Life programme is a completely different environment and very refreshing. The quality and skill sets of the other Trustees is fantastic and as a team we are determined to make a real difference and add value to the lives of young people and their families.
Robin Mautai Wybrow
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Hamish Douch is a founding trustee of Lifepaths charitable trust. He is a Partner in Mortlock McCormack Law and is known for his quick wit and uncompromising legal mind. The legal brain behind Lifepaths he is also an integral member of the management team.
"I am really excited about being involved with lifepaths and the FRIENDS for Life programme and can see the amazing potential it has to help New Zealand's young people."
Hamish is married to Maxine, is interested in sport, reading and socializing. A self confessed fashion victim who is incredibly good looking, articulate and funny he is also on the Board of the Addington.net – a community base computer drop in centre.
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