By definition, diversity means a range of different things, while unity is forming a complex whole.
In Aotearoa we have so many examples of diversity: a multicultural society, a coalition government, an urbanised yet regional country. Diversity is so much a part of our day-to-day but are we making sure that we're transforming it into unity? The sweet spot where everyone belongs, where we find the beauty in community, where everything contributes to making a whole.
Join us for an evening exploring diversity and finding unity.
Margaret Forsyth - Magic Coach
Growing up in the 60s and 70s signaled a childhood of freedom, independence, discovery learning, long days of play and exploring the city and embedding deep friendships. Sport and education were always important to Margaret. Being the eldest sibling meant taking responsibility, leading the way and bathing in her parents and grandparents full attention.
This happy foundation laid the desire to excel as a girl, teenager and young woman. In fact Margaret's pursuits still now reflect her desire to be empowered and to empower young woman to lead, be bold and embrace their own selves - strengths and weaknesses. Through netball Margaret chooses to teach and guide young women to be the best version of themselves, to accept self and others and to aim to being young women of influence in our world.
Shane is a 2-time National Award Winning Personal Trainer, has a Degree in Sport Science and Human performance and runs his own business “Your Way Wellbeing”. Life for Shane is pretty awesome, but that’s something he’s still adjusting to. After years of battling depression and anxiety due to homophobia and bullying, Shane tried to take his own life and ended up as a patient in the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre.
5 years on, Shane works in that same Mental Health Care Facility delivering an exercise programme to all the patients. He is a mental Health and LGBTQI+ Community Advocate, spending his spare time as a volunteer Youth Mentor at Waikato Queer Youth. Shane is described as Driven, Inspirational and Resilient - Shane identifies as Gay, Gender Fluid and most importantly, Human.
Shelley is the CEO of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society providing cancer prevention and support services to over 700,000 people in the region, leading a team of 800 staff and volunteers. Shelley was the CEO of Sir Peter Blake Trust, has received the rank of Honorary Captain with the Royal NZ Navy, received a Blake Leadership Award for her work in Primary care and in 2017 was awarded a MNZM for her work in the health and disability sector.
Shelley is a life member of the Halberg Foundation, Board member of Enrich +, Te Pou, and LeVa and in 2017 was appointed to NIWA’s National Science Challenge Board. A fan of bootcamps and Iron Maori, Shelley lives in Te Awamutu with her husband Chris and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
A special thank you to Sam Wright, who created this highlights reel so you can get a taste of the vibe!