Dr Sue Bagshaw has 4 adult children and 6 mokopuna, she works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a one stop community youth health centre for 10-25 year olds, which she helped to set up, now under a new trust called Korowai Youth Well-being Trust. She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine, and she is the Training Manager of the Collaborative Trust (a research and training centre for youth health and development).
Michael Hempseed is a highly sought after professional speaker. Michael gained an honours degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. He has delivered more than 80 inspiring and informative seminars over the last two years, on such diverse topics as overcoming failure, mental illness and the teenage brain. Funny, full of enthusiasm and taking a genuine interest in people are all qualities that make Michael a captivating speaker. Michael loves to travel, having visited over 34 countries, including Cambodia, Morocco, China, India, Brazil and many others. In addition to this he hosts a radio show called Lighthouse of Hope. Michael is the author of Being a True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in your Community. Michael Hempseed is the author of Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community, www.beingatruehero.com. The book is being used by members of the New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, GPs, cousnellors as well as many parents and teachers.
Ari is a highly experienced educator who has been working and living in the field of gender diversity for many years. Ari is a dynamic speaker who can effectively target training to suit the needs of the organisation. Ari was the coordinator of a queer youth support agency for 6 years and then focused solely on education as an gender and sexuality educator and support person for families 2 years ago. Currently Ari is delivering culture shift initiatives and educational programs. As an openly gender diverse person Ari identifies as 'queer and non-binary' and uses they/them as preferred pronouns. Ari is a keen competitive sports player and has a young family.
A group of young people (usually aged between about 15 to 20) who assist in teaching. They turn workshops into interactive and dynamic events where the experts on Youth can themselves speak with authority.
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