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Joel Gatland

Profile photo of Joel Gatland I am a curious person who loves exploring the world, meeting people and hearing their stories. I am currently a student studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering at AUT. Study takes up most of my time at the moment, but outside of study I referee for an Auckland Roller Derby League called the Pirate City Rollers, I love to eat and cook food, and I have a cat that I love to hang out with.
 
I have always been passionate about volunteering and helping to give back to the community. Previously I have done this through volunteering on the board of Rainbow Youth and facilitating small social support groups. In the future, I would like to use the skills I have learnt from engineering to improve people’s quality of life by listening to what people want and need.
 
So far one of the biggest insights I have gained through the Be. Leadership Programme is how important people are. Everyone has a story and those stories and life experiences shape the way they interact with others and how they work in the world. I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of listening, being mindful and taking the time to get to know people before working with them. I think if the world were more compassionate and empathetic then it would be a better place for everyone.