In Loving Memory

Over the years we have lost several cherished members of our Be. Leadership community. This page honours and remembers each one, serving as a tribute to their commendable leadership capacity, as well as an aspiration for current and future Be. Leaders.

Rena Hinehou-Savage (graduated 2011)

Rena Savage

Mataatua te waka

Te Rae o Kohi te maunga

Ohinemataroa te awa

Ngati Awa me Te Whanau a Apanui hoki oku iwi ki te taha o toku Papa

Ki te taha o toku Mama, ko Ngai Tuhoe whanui

Mauriora, I’m Rena-Hinehou Savage. I was born, raised and currently reside in the Bay of Plenty. My main passions in life are my whanau/family, learning - this includes striving, even in the face of adversity and Te Ao Maori/The Maori World.

Sean McKinney (graduated 2011)

Shaun McKinney

I’m Shaun McKinney, I am 24 and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business in Marketing Communication and Management. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and am gay so I have been involved with various organisations and people within the disabled and GLBT communities. I am interested in the role that marketing and communication have in shaping the attitudes and behaviours of society towards people with disabilities as well as other minorities.

I am also keen to explore the economic opportunities and barriers for disabled people as well as New Zealand as a whole. I feel privileged and honoured to join the other participants in the inaugural Be. Leadership programme.

Peter Taylor (graduated 2011)

Peter Taylor

I am a speaker, author and mentor. My skills are an amalgam of Hospitality from 1972 and International Equestrian for 24 years, competing and coaching in international circuits as well co-leading the Canadian Olympic Three Day Event Team from 1991 to 1994. This included training and managing the Gold Medal Winner at the 1991 Pan American Games, Stables and Assistant Team Manager at Barcelona Olympics and Assistant Coach and Team Manager at the World Equestrian Championships in 1994.

While in Barcelona, I contracted a terminal illness, from a sand fly bite. Continued chemotherapy over the past 14 years has produced side effects causing severe vision impairment and profound deafness. I am fortunate to have bi-lateral Cochlear Implants and I remain the only living person with both HIV and Leishmania as no one usually lives past 3 – 20 months.

I am currently writing the sequel to my autobiography ‘Don’t Postpone Joy’, have finished my first novel which placed on the best foreign entries list in the Canadian Aid Literary Awards and work as a professional speaker on leadership and as an inspirational keynote – managing uncertainties with purpose, passion and joy.

Joyce Scott (participant 2014)

Joyce Scott

I'm a curious person by nature and find a lot of joy in life's simple pleasures. I'm passionate about knowing and learning new things and I love to incorporate creativity and sustainability in my approach to life.

I think personal growth, open-mindedness, and empathy are important values to nurture in life, along with happiness and choice. I believe in approaching life with a perspective that sees open doors and opportunities instead of difficulties, and appreciating and enjoying the simple things in life and the world around us.

Having left university last year, I am currently enjoying building and developing life post-study; exploring new career pathways, and taking time out to discover and explore new interests.

In my everyday life, I try to contribute to a paradigm shift in current modes of thought and awareness surrounding people, health, disability, and access. I believe open conversations into issues of awareness and perspective regarding the access community, and experience of disability, are key to education and social change. As a growing leader, I am excited to be a part of the 2014 Be. Leadership Programme and look forward to the skills and development I'll gain over the course of the year.

Alex Smith (graduate 2012)

Alex Smith

Hi, I'm Alex and I am a born and bred Wellingtonian, which provides me with much needed diversity, culture/art, music, and the wind blowing in the right direction to get me up the hills on a tiring day...

I am a researcher/thinker, dancer/crafter,  and organiser/unifier.  My hope for New Zealand/Aotearoa, is that we become a world leader in accessibility for all those that live in and visit this beautiful place. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience our ecological beauty in bush, on beach, and in the city centers.