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Prudence Walker- Alumni Update

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Here's an update from one of our fabulous Be. Leadership Alumni, sharing some exciting news about her next adventure!

In 2013 I participated in the Be. Leadership programme. The year gave me the opportunity to reflect on my journey so far and take the time to reflect on where I wanted to go. I valued the opportunity to meet and build lasting relationships with other Be. Leaders from all over New Zealand who share the mission of making Aotearoa more accessible.

I've always appreciated the diversity of the human race and been concerned with social issues and human rights. Since I was in primary school I have campaigned for issues that were important to me. As a young adult, I began my involvement with CanTeen - and by age 22 was the National President. Throughout the years, I have been involved in a number of different organisations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Since completing the programme I have become clearer about where I want to put my energy and have focused on taking on work where I thought my skills were best utilised and saying no to more things. I’ve been a Be. Welcome Coach, Be. Confident Facilitator, and built my own business – Kōrero with prudence focusing on facilitation, advocacy, and social project work. I became Regional Disability Leadership Coordinator for CCS Disability Action Southern Region (and spent a period of time acting in the nationally equivalent role), managed an inclusive, accessible music concert, and am currently finishing off a National Disability Awareness project for the organisation.

I’m more intuitive than a goal planner and see that there are many opportunities in life, we just need to decide which ones to pursue. When I heard the Disabled Person’s Assembly (DPA) was looking for the right Chief Executive for them at this time, I saw an opportunity to put myself forward for consideration. I am excited to soon be joining the team at DPA and look forward to our work together to achieve an equitable society that upholds human rights and maximises the participation of all people.

He aha te mea nui o tea o? He Tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Mā te wā,

Prudence