New White Ribbon Ambassadors!
October 26, 2011
White Ribbon welcomes seven new Ambassadors to the Campaign and we look forward to working with them to raise awareness and get men to take action.
David White is the father of Helen Meads who was murdered by her partner Gregory Meads in September 2009. David has been very active speaking out about the impact of his daughter’s murder on her children and their family. He has been involved in supporting the White Ribbon Campaign in his local community and on national television last year. He was recently involved with Women’s Refuge’s campaign this year, as one of the people telling their story about the cost of domestic violence to their family. David has been very vocal in trying to help stop the silence around domestic violence.
Chris Sola is the Chairperson of The Dream Centre Trust and the Senior Pastor of The Dream Centre Church in Manukau. He founded both of these organisations in 2000 with the primary purpose of empowering people with a desire to dream. Described as a leader who demonstrates the values of the White Ribbon Campaign in his life, he is a man who is proactive and tirelessly working in his community. He takes a stand on things he believes in, and puts his heart into everything.
Peter Tennent is a former Mayor of New Plymouth and a very good role model who worked closely with the Taranaki Safer Families Trust and Taranaki Community Law Centre. Peter has always been willing to participate and acted as once of the faces for a local family violence project. Passionate about his local community, he feels privileged to have led the district during its most successful decade where Taranaki was judged the best and most liveable community on the planet! (United Nations endorsed Liv.Com Awards).
Takurua Tawera is a humble, spiritual man of integrity who exemplifies consistent behaviour in both his work and personal life. He knows the challenges and opportunities in working to address men’s violence, as he has both the past experience and current knowledge through his work engagements. He is actively involved in his community and has a history of being involved in the White Ribbon Campaign. This year Takarua will be co-leading the White Ribbon Ride – riding under the Te Ahi Kikoha monkier – “The Sharpened Flame”. This new entity which replaces the Super Maori Fullas, brings a wealth of Maori knowledge and expertise combining both his personal strengths and the groups passion to end violence with their love of bikes.
Kalum Jury-Field is a case manager at Work and Income in New Plymouth and also part of the police-led organisation known as Big Brothers, Big Sisters – where he is a brother to a young man for whom this role model support is invaluable. Kalum is also a Public Services Association (PSA) delegate, another role which he handles with diplomacy and confidence. Kalum wants to raise awareness of the violence affectingNew Zealandand is passionate about his desire to make a difference.
Bruce Pilbrowis the CEO of Parents Inc. and former Deputy Chief Families Commissioner, who helped shape elements of the White Ribbon Campaign. As an avid supporter and a motorbike rider, Bruce has been instrumental in helping the Campaign connect with families and men throughoutNew Zealand. “I have always felt passionately about this Campaign. I thought it was something fresh and exciting and wanted to be a part of this life-changing work. Violence has no place in our society and I hope the Campaign will help bring about a violence-free future for all of our families”.