board nominees 2017-19

Election for 2017-19 Board

 

The election for the 2017-19 Board is just around the corner.  There has been incredible interest in serving on the 2017-19 Board, with 31 nominees putting their names forward.  We encourage you to look carefully at the bios and the reason nominees have given on why they want to stand, so you can make an informed decision on who you want to represent you for the next two-year term.

This is your opportunity to vote for those you feel will best represent your interests.

Voting instructions 

  • Read through the list of nominees ( they will also be featured in the next edition of the Bulletin)
  • Choose 8 nominees who will best represent you on the 2017-2019 board
  • Complete the  voting form  (you will receive this with the next edition of the Bulletin) with a maximum of 8 selected nominees clearly identified
  • Scan and email your voting paper to office@dapaanz.org.nz,  or fax to 04 499 3216, or post to PO Box 25283, Featherston Street, Wellington 6146, by no later than Wednesday 6 September

2017-2019 Board ratified at AGM 10.30 am 27 September 2017

We will be holding an AGM to ratify the new board on September 27 at Heartland Hotel, 14 Airpark Drive, Mangere (close to airport), Auckland. You are warmly invited to attend the AGM.

 

 

Nominee Profiles

Tommy Benefield

Employer: 
Corrections

Job title:
Principal Adviser – Alcohol and Drugs

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
John Savage

Biography:
I have worked in the AOD sector within Ngo’s and DHB’s for the last 16 years as a clinician, a Supervisor, an AOD Specialist within Severe Mental Health teams, a Clinical Director, a General Manager, and now as the Principal Advisor for the Department of Corrections.

I am standing because:
I care deeply about the people of Aotearoa and through my AOD experience and expertise seek to make a meaningful difference to communities. In my new role, I have the responsibility for creating Corrections AOD policy, program development and design, and overseeing the extensive contracting of providers.

I would like to be part of this group partly for what I believe I can contribute with 16 years diverse professional experience in the AOD industry and partly for what I can learn and use to make increasingly current and informed decisions within my role.


Matthew Bird

Employer: 
The Salvation Army

Job title:
Caseworker

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Malcolm McSporran

Biography:
Matt entered the addictions workforce in 2008 and currently works as a caseworker for the Salvation Army Bridge Programme, Auckland. He is passionate about the addictions sector, ongoing development for practitioners, and enhancing outcomes for individuals, whānau, and the community. Matt is also a Registered Practitioner.

I am standing because:
My passion for the addiction sector grew from my personal experiences of addiction and mental health challenges, and addiction within my whānau. I have dedicated my career primarily to residential services, and have worked in a varied range of treatment settings. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by a number of mentors within the addictions workforce that have expanded my outlook on enhancing service delivery within our sector. I have an unrelenting passion for professional development, appropriate service delivery, national policy implementation, access to care and recognition of the systemic issues that contribute to both addiction and recovery. I believe in our workforce and recognise that we still have a long way to go as a sector. I believe my lived experience and professional journey could provide a unique perspective on the Board. I would be honoured by the opportunity to serve dapaanz and give back to the sector that I attribute much of my own recovery to.

Having entered recovery at a young age, I have witnessed the incredible potentials for recovery, yet recognise the numerous privileges that allowed for this to be possible. The longer I work in the sector the more I recognise the enormous disparities that hinder individuals accessing the care they need, and the systemic issues that prevent them from finding their own recovery. My hope is to work toward addressing these disparities and advocating for sustained national movement toward effective, accessible treatment and interventions for all those affected by addiction. While these are long-term, complex goals, I firmly believe they can be achieved by an organisation that advocates for development and change, and a sector that works collaboratively, assisting individuals, whānau, and wider communities to address the impacts of addiction in Aotearoa.

Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to give back to our sector.


Ben Birks Ang

Employer: 
New Zealand Drug Foundation and Odyssey

Job title:
National Youth Services Advisor

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor / Current Board Member

Nominated by:
Claire Aitken

Biography:
Ben grew up in rural Manawatu, before moving to South Auckland. He has extensive experience working with young people using drugs and alcohol and has lead the development of treatment and early intervention services for young people. This includes establishing and overseeing school-based, community, and residential drug and alcohol treatment programmes. He now works as the National Youth Services Adviser for the New Zealand Drug Foundation and Odyssey Trust, and is also the current Deputy Chair of dapaanz, the Addiction Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ben is passionate about empowering communities to create space for taiohi to grow and develop. He is excited t be leading a number of projects focused on building the capacity of our services, schools, and communities to really engage young people who use substances and also to support them to remain engaged in education.

Being of mixed ethnicity, he is particularly interested in supporting the strengthening of cultural identity and traditions, and also supporting younger generations to understand how they can both be proud of who they are and move confidently between different cultural worlds.

I am standing because:

  • I believe that the experience I have gained as current Deputy Chair of dapaanz, and active involvement in many of the board’s subcommittees, will support the Board to continue functioning well and moving in a positive strategic direction. I am particularly excited to support new Board members who would like to develop skills at governance level.
  • Being based between a treatment organisation and policy/advocacy organisation, I bring a unique perspective about how our workforce can best support New Zealanders to reduce substance-related harm. This role also means that I am well positioned to support dapaanz to progress its activities.
  • I believe that my experience working with young people and communities in a variety of settings (e.g. earlier intervention, community treatment, residential treatment) and providing training both for our workforce and for other sectors, such as primary care, enables me to understand and represent a range of perspectives within our dynamic and varied workforce.

Denise Blake

Employer: 
Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa / Massey University

Job title:
Lecturer School of Psychology / Joint Centre for Disaster Research

Membership status:
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Suzy Morrison

Biography:
Dr Denise Blake has engaged in the social justice sector as a consumer, health professional and researcher for over 20 years. She currently works at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, where her work in the social justice space informs her commitment to the welfare of vulnerable populations both within a disaster context and more generally. She argues that we must address the knowledge-practice gap for providers and end users, while valuing the intersubjective experience of both.

I am standing because:
I support, endorse and appreciate the kaupapa of dapaanz. That the addiction workforce has a professional association is important to the development and integrity of both people working in the addiction space and ultimately the clients. Governing bodies such as dapaanz enable practitioners and researchers to be culturally responsive, ethical and accountable in their professional and personal lives. I believe I possess the skills, experience and capability to be a productive board member. I have served on boards before and appreciate the way in which service roles, like this, enable me to engage in practical ways as an academic.


Mary Caffin

Employer: 
Higher Ground Rehabilitation Trust

Job title:
Supervisor

Membership status: 
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Rebekah Robinson

Biography:
I am studying at Auckland University and near completion of my BA in Sociology. With 7 years since recovery and 5 years employment at Higher Ground and the Phoenix Centre, I am grounded in my recovery and experienced at supporting others in both sponsorship and peer support roles. I am a qualified yoga teacher, a mother, and still have a sense of humour.

I am standing because:
I believe being on the dapaanz board would be a wonderful opportunity to become more actively involved as a positive advocate for recovery, to ensure New Zealanders get the best services possible, clinicians and peer support workers have complimentary trainings, long term supervision, and support to ensure a sustainable addictions sector. I have studied Māori and Pacifica papers and am committed to celebrating cultural diversity. Recovery is about healthy connections to others, I see a seat on the board as a means to unite people both within the sector and those searching for it.


Jo Cook

Employer: 
Otago Polytechnic  

Job title:
Kowhai Practice Manager  

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor 

Nominated by:
Self      

Seconded by: 
Rachael Cape

Biography:
Kia Ora koutou,

I originally come from Auckland and moved to Dunedin about 25 years ago. Most of my professional experience in AOD has involved primarily working alongside women. Last year I completed my Masters (Counselling) project which involved finding out the value of a community-based therapeutic group for women who use substances and have survived rape or sexual abuse; (I co-facilitated this group in partnership with Rape Crisis). Working particularly alongside women is something I greatly value and appreciate and ‘where my heart is’. I aim to start my PHD this year and want to work in policy development in the AOD sector, which is my long-term goal. My current position is at Otago Polytechnic, Kowhai Practice Manager (a student training counselling service), and lecturer. I teach on and coordinate the Working with Addictions paper and primarily work (teach and provide supervision) in the counselling specialty of the Bachelor of Social Services.

I am standing because:
I have both personal and professional experience of the addiction sector. Even though I now identify as an AOD professional, I respect my past personal experience and believe my perspective could be valuable to this role. I value inclusiveness, participation and respect diversity. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for this role.


Ruth Cooley

Employer: 
Virtue Health Care Education

Job title:
Training Director

Membership status: 
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by: 
Kerry Henderson

Biography:
Hi, my name is Ruth Cooley from Palmerston North. I have been working in the Mental Health and Addictions sector for the past 15 years. I spent 5 years at A&OD for Midcentral Health and 3 and ½ years with MASH Trust A&D rehabilitation programme. I also have my masters in Nursing. I have now transitioned into Education and am working part-time for Massey University as a Tutor and Clinical Teaching Associate and part-time for Virtue Health Care Education as Training Director and Lead Facilitator. I am passionate about creating better outcomes for tāngata whai ora through education. I have a strong personal belief in moral integrity based on my Christian faith.

I am standing because:
Along with my professional experience and passion in this sector, I feel that I could be helpful as a member on the board. I would like to be involved in supporting and developing the Addiction workforce community and also learning how best I can be best effective in my own role.


Selina Elkington

Employer:
He Waka Tapu

Job title:
Clinical co-ordinator Addictions Team

Membership status:
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor / Current Board Member

Nominated by:
Michelle Fowler

Biography:
Kia Ora Koutou Katoa
Ko Wetekia te maunga
Ko Wharariki te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Whakatu te marae
Ko Ngati Koata raua ko Ngati Toa nga iwi
Ko Sam Elkington toku koro raua Ko Ester Hippolite toku kuia
Ko Jim Elkington toku papa raua ko Patricia McDermott toku mama
Ko Selina Elkington toku ignoa
Ko Hinekawa Elkington taku tamahine

Her mother’s family is from the Winton/Invercargill area, with strong links back to Scotland and Ireland.

I am standing because:
Having a seat at the table of the dapaanz board is a privilege that I take seriously. I have been fortunate to be involved in many areas of the board duties, some included, competencies, policy, and strategic planning. The addiction sector is an area of health that is so vital to well-being, the people that work in this sector (US) deserve a robust, competent professional body to protect the people we work with and the members.


Rebecca Greig

Employer: 
Nelson Bays Primary Health

Job title:
Mental Health Manager

Membership status: 
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Mathew McMillan

Biography:
I work at Nelson Bays Primary Health, where I was originally employed in 2016 as the Youth Addiction Clinician. I moved into the Mental Health Manager role in January 2017 in an acting role and have recently been appointed a permanent contract for this position. I trained as a Social Worker and have worked in Mental Health and Addiction for 19 years for both the Nelson and Christchurch DHB’s. I completed my Masters in 2015 studying the Mental Health and Addiction issues of the diners who attend the local community meal.&

I am standing because:
I am passionate about giving the best to the people that we serve. I am driven by best practice and policy and want to be a part of a sector that ensures these are constantly being moved forward. The Addiction field is an exciting and ever-changing environment and dapaanz need to continue to strive for excellence.


Tina Harrison

Employer: 
CADS Auckland

Job title:
Clinical Team Leader

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Nominated by:
Melanie Boortman

Biography:
Tina has a strong background and many years of experience in both leadership and clinical roles within the following areas:

  • Co-existing problems
  • Trauma counselling - including domestic violence and sexual trauma with both women and children  
  • Addictions
  • Forensic AOD
  • Cultural Māori – including whānau, tangata whai ora and rangatahi

Tina has worked in both co-existing residential treatment and community treatment services including as service team leader of Te Atea Marino the WDHB Māori Specialist AOD Service. Her current role is as team leader at CADS Auckland which encompasses the pilot programme for the drug court assessment team. Tina is a dapaanz Registered Practitioner and Accredited Clinical Supervisor.

I am standing because:
I would like to make a contribution to the ongoing development of the AOD field in NZ, ensuring that it is responsive to the needs of our diverse population.  At the same time, I feel it is vital to support our workforce by providing the resources required to maintain current through evidence based practise which is underpinned by a sense of professional satisfaction and workplace wellbeing.


Kevin Hollingsworth

Employer: 
Te Utuhina Manaakitanga, Rotorua

Job title:
AOD Youth Clinician

Membership status:
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Shirly-Anne Rikiti

Biography:
Tenā kotou katoa, he mihi nui ki a kotou
Ko Motatau te maunga
Ko Akerama te Marae
Ko Hikurangi te Awa
Ko Nga puhi te Iwi
Ko Ngati Hine te Hapu
Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Rotorua ahau
Ko Ngongotaha ahau
Ko Kevin Wiremu Hollingsworth taku ingoa
Tenā kotou, tenā kotou, tenā kotou katoua.

While my whakapapa is from the North, I was born and raised among the Te Arawa Iwi in Rotorua. On my own journey of self-discovery, I have developed a passion for working with whānau who have addiction issues.  With my own ‘lived experience’, I feel you can never stop learning when working with people. I want to contribute this to whānau wellbeing.   

Brought up in a home with very strong tikanga principles, supports the way in which I would like to work with whānau e.g. Manaaki, respecting other people’s values and beliefs and showing support with generosity. Whanaungatanga, respecting relationships through shared experiences. Guided by these principles and others, I would like to promote positive change and be a role model for my whānau. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

I am standing because:
I am a highly motivated, hardworking, and passionate Alcohol and Drug Clinician with proven abilities in supporting people in recovery while maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity. My skills and abilities not only generate high levels of client engagement but model excellent service delivery while establishing and maintaining quality standards to achieve positive results. I want to contribute to driving positive change for those working in the addiction field and whānau who are affected by addiction.


Sandy Jackson-Donlan

Employer:
Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS)

Job title:
Clinical Team Leader

Membership status:
Associate Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Chris Levitt

Biography:
Woman, mother, wife, grandmother, mother in law, artist, person of all trades.

When human beings experience either their own addiction or live with the consequences of someone they love it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is to support healing through these experiences. I work with clients and that includes young people, individuals, and families find healthy perceptions of themselves that strengthen their relationships and make changes that enhance their wellbeing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual so I have trained in a number of modalities, and draw strongly from a Social Work background. I am a trained Supervisor and provide external supervision to a number of people from diverse backgrounds, as well as the provision of in-house team supervision. I love the diversity of working with individuals and the creative practise of providing and developing groups.

I believe in working in the community and creating good alliances with all other services. I am a panel member on the new Vulnerable Children’s Team, and have served on the Care and Protection Resource Panel for the past 20 years. I have been a volunteer for Victim Support for 25 years with specific training in sexual abuse and family violence, and have roles in many other local committees. I am the clinical team leader of a small team of very special dedicated staff who are all as equally passionate as I am and a pleasure to work alongside.

Over the years I have been involved in the Hakatere Marae initially with the Kōhanga Reo when my youngest (who is now 25) was attending, he is of Ngāti Porou origin and then as he grew with the attendance of taiaha wānanga and other cultural events.

He is an avid rugby player and has played for the Canterbury Māori squad and in the past two years in the New Zealand Heartland team. My second eldest son has played basketball for New Zealand at representative levels and is now coaching, having just returned from a tournament coaching the Canterbury under 19 team. My only daughter lives in the North Island and is a long-haul flight attendant for Air New Zealand in her full-time job but is a part time actor on Shortland Street. My eldest son has resided in heaven since 1999, when at the age of 23 he died of an adult cot death, so my greatest gift in life has been the experience of being a mother and believe me my life is abundant for having each and every one of them in it.

I am standing because:
I believe in the work that AOD workers do, the complex nature of that work, the need to retain workers in this field, particularly in rural areas. I would like the voice of rural teams to be heard as I believe that we often work in more isolation due to the geographic nature of where we may be placed. I feel that training is essential to keep upskilled and would like to be involved in an exploration of how this takes place. Most of all I am passionate about the work we do and want to support in any way the continued professional development of the workforce.


Shilpa Kaushik

Employer: 
Salvation Army

Job title:
Support Worker

Membership status: 
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Paul Schreuder

Biography:
I have completed a Masters in Psychology and worked as an Adolescent Health Counsellor in a public hospital in India. I recently completed a Graduate diploma in Drug, Alcohol and Addiction from Weltec and am currently working as a support worker in The Salvation Army Bridge Programme.

I am standing because:
I am passionate about working with people suffering from addiction.


Mike Kilioni

Employer: 
Independent Practitioner

Job title:
AOD Practitioner

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Nominated by:
Rosemary Casey

Biography:
Hello, I live in Wellington with my partner and two teenage children. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field for the past 15 years. I’m registered with dapaanz as a Registered AOD Practitioner and Accredited Clinical Supervisor. I’ve had extensive experience working within hospital settings including the Regional Forensic and Rehabilitation Service in Porirua (Te Korowai Whāriki) and at the Acute Inpatient Ward at Wellington Hospital. I’ve run several groups within the community and for the Probation Service and currently deliver a contract with the Ministry of Justice in Wellington. I’m also a contract auditor with Central Technical Arm Services (TAS) and conduct provider audits including addiction services for most of the DHBs throughout the country. I’m a founding member of Drua, the Pacific Addictions Network and currently a member of the Pacific Advisory Group for the Health Promotion Agency (HPA).

I am standing because:
I believe that I can support dapaanz and its membership by sharing my experiences from what I’ve seen and learnt through my work. I would like to be a part of further promoting dapaanz as a signifier of confidence in practitioners. With the possibility of legislative reform, I would also like to represent fellow members in our push to ensure better funding and support for addiction treatment services.


Sonja Maher

Employer: 
Phoenix Centre

Job title:
AOD Clinician

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Supriya Maharaj

Biography:
I am a 53 year old Pakeha woman. I am married and have a 14yr old daughter and 8year old son. I started work as an AOD Counsellor in 1998. I have worked in the field of Addictions in Perth, Australia, London, UK, North and South Carolina, USA and in New Zealand. After travelling for 20 years we returned to live in NZ and raise our children.

I am standing because:
I am passionate about my sector. I wish to contribute in raising dapaanz profile and to assist in the continuing growth of dapaanz by providing its members with the best organisation it can be. I believe I can offer fresh insights and global expertise to help achieve this.


Maree Matthews

Employer: 
Higher Ground Rehabilitation Trust

Job title:
Community Manager

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:  
Johnny Dow

Biography:
I have worked in the addictions field for the last 7 years. I am employed at Higher Ground Rehabilitation Trust. I have worked in various roles in the organisation and progressed into management of the Community Team who work with tangata whairoa and their whānau both pre and post treatment. I have a Bachelor of Counselling, Certificate in Clinical Supervision, and am a Registered Practitioner with dapaanz. I have my own lived experience of the Justice System and recovery. I live in Riverhead, Auckland, am married and have one teenage daughter.

I am standing because:
I would relish the opportunity to work alongside others in upholding the professionalism of the industry to a high standard. I am passionate about the addiction sector and creating opportunities for education and upskilling others. I have a strong interest and experience in Justice work as it is becoming increasingly ingrained into some aspects of the industry.


Rachael Moore

Employer: 
Private Practice

Job title:
AOD Counsellor / Group Facilitator

Membership status: 
Provisional Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Jo Cook

Biography:
I graduated with a bachelor degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies in 2006 from WelTec, Christchurch and since that time have worked in a DHB AOD service at a clinician level. I have also been employed as an Alcohol Harm Reduction project manager in a DHB Public Health service. I have since gained a Post Grad diploma in Health Management at the University of Otago and a Diploma in Community Services Work in Australia. More recently, I have spent two years working in Central Australia with Aboriginal Communities and this has been an enriching experience both on a personal and professional level.

 I am passionate about developing innovative practice to meet the changing needs of clients in terms of context, approach and method. I am a strong advocate for group work throughout my practice, whether it be a client, provider, cultural or family group — believing that the client is the expert and most valuable vehicle for change. I am currently undertaking study in Jungian Sandplay Therapy and am excited about offering this as an innovative tool in working with addictions both for staff and clients.

I live in Dunedin with my husband who also works in the AOD field. Between us we have three adult sons who continue to enhance our personal development as teachers for our own personal development.

I am standing because:
I believe I have the energy and motivation to enhance the competency of the AOD workforce in New Zealand and that dapaanz is pivotal to further this aim. My experience and expertise in many aspects of AOD practice and policy would be a valuable asset to promote excellence in this field and in this respect, put myself forward to become a member of the board.


Suzy Morrison

Employer: 
Matua Raḵi Addiction Workforce Development Centre

Job title:
Project Lead

Membership status: 
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Rhonda Robertson

Biography:
Suzy is the Project Lead with responsibility for consumer projects with Matua Raḵi, the Aotearoa, New Zealand National Addiction Workforce Development Centre within Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui.

Suzy has lived experience of addiction and long-term recovery. In early recovery, Suzy trained as a social worker and worked for several years as part of the Community AIDS Resource Team (CART) supporting people living with and affected by HIV. During her time with CART, Suzy trained as a counsellor and went on to work as a practitioner in the addiction sector for fifteen years. She has worked in a range of services including Higher Ground Residential Drug Treatment centre, and Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS). During her time at CADS, Suzy specialised in working with older people affected by problematic AOD use, and with family and friends affected by someone else’s use of AOD. Suzy joined the Matua Raḵi team in August 2013 in a project lead role, participating in and supporting the development of the addiction peer and consumer workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am standing because:
I’ve been working in the addiction sector for many years in various roles have been supported by dapaanz along the way. This is an opportunity to give back. In my current role, I am part of the Matua Raḵi Consumer Leadership Group (MRCLG). The MRCLG is made up of members in dedicated peer & consumer roles and diverse recovery paths. Making recovery visible decreases stigma and increases hope. Standing for the dapaanz board is part of that process of visibility.


Marino Murphy

Employer: 
Nga Manga Puriri Northland Problem Gambling Service

Job title:
Manager

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

 Seconded by:
Wini Frood

Biography:
Ngatihine te Hapu, Ngapuhi te Iwi

I am standing because:
Because the practitioners out there working in addiction intervention need a voice to represent them, to hear them, and to enhance their well-being in order to enable them to give their best to the whānau we work with, Tika, Pono, Aroha.


Anna Nelson

Employer: 
Matua Raḵi

Job title:
Programme Manager

Membership status: 
Standard Member / Current Board Member

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Suzy Morrison

Biography:
I began my career in the AOD sector in 1996 when I worked as a dual diagnosis social worker in the Waikato (under an HFA pilot with the Salvation Army Bridge Programme). In 2000 I graduated with a Master of Social Work from Massey University, having completed a thesis on effective interventions with substance using adolescents in Aotearoa New Zealand. Since this time I have worked in a variety of places and settings within the addiction and social work sectors, both in New Zealand and in London. I am currently the Programme Manager at Matua Raki supporting workforce development initiatives for the specialist addiction sector, and other health and social care organisations. I have been with Matua Raki for nearly 8 years and love my role. I am currently undertaking a PhD in social work at the University of Auckland where I am researching addiction knowledge, skills and attitudes for generic social work practice.

I am standing because:
I have been part of the current dapaanz board since 2015, when I was lucky enough to be voted on with a number of other strong leaders in the sector. We have worked really hard in the last two years, not only at a governance level but also hands-on with organisational activities focused on continuing to build dapaanz. Now I understand more about dapaanz and its internal processes, I acknowledge what is required to continue to build a robust professional registration body to support a strong and diverse addiction workforce. I believe I still have a lot to offer dapaanz and would like to have a continued opportunity to do so.


Annabel Prescott

Employer: 
Real Youth Services

Job title:
Youth Clinician

Membership status: 
Provisional Practitioner

Nominated by:
Tony Carton

Biography:
She has been involved in the addictions sector for the past 15 years. Holding a variety of roles including, clinical, supervision, academic, research and a previous dapaanz Executive Board member. She is currently completing her PhD looking at how school develop and implement their school drug policies, with a hope this will open up conversations to improve primary prevention and secondary interventions within school settings. Having recently moved to Taupo and returning to clinical work she is keen to support the strategic direction of dapaanz, with a regional focus.

I am standing because:
Kia ora, thank you for the nomination and for taking the time to read my application. I am wanting to stand for the board because I have worked in clinical and strategic workforce development roles previously and feel this would be a wonderful opportunity to bring my lenses of youth health and cultural responses for tangata whaiora, to support the shaping of our workforce. Also, now being in Taupo, in my view it’s important the regions are represented.


Simon Rouch

Employer: 
Thorpe House Social Detox, Christchurch City Mission

Job title:
Supervisor

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Jan Spence

Biography:
I have worked for the last 8 years as supervisor of Thorpe House Social Detox at the Christchurch City Mission. During that time, I have undertaken post-graduate study through Otago University gaining a PGDip in Health Sciences endorsed in Addiction and Co-Existing Disorders. I am also a dapaanz Registered Alcohol and Other Drug Practitioner. For the last 4 years I have been a member of the organising committee for the Liaison of Alcohol & Drug (LOAD) in Christchurch.

I am standing because:
I believe in the guiding principles of dapaanz and in the association’s aims. Ultimately, it’s about delivering the best level of service we can to those that need us. I would be grateful for the opportunity to participate in this as a dapaanz board member.


Qiuyue Sang

Employer: 
Emerge Aotearoa

Job title:
Navigator

Membership status: 
Provisional Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Kun Zhang

Biography:
3 years work experience within mental health/addiction industry in New Zealand. Sang is currently engaging with Matua Raḵi (Te Pou) to provide physical wellbeing programmes to mental health consumers within the Wellington region. Sang is also engaging with Matua Raḵi to provide mental health education seminars. She is part of the alcohol addiction AUDIT advisor group. Song has had articles published in the local Chinese Newspaper to raise awareness of mental health, alcohol, drugs, gambling issues, and community resources.

I am standing because:
I’m passionate about the addiction sector and that I contribute my knowledge to add diversity to the board. I and Kun Zhang are working together to boost the level of addiction awareness in the Asian community from this year by delivering mental health and AOD seminars and publishing mental health and AOD related articles in local Chinese newspapers on a weekly basis.


Paul Schreuder

Employer: 
Wellington Institute of Technology

Job title:
Senior Lecturer

Membership status: 
Standard Member / Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Nominated by:
Mirjana Vilke

Biography:
Over 25 years’ experience in the field as a counsellor for NSAD, a facilitator for After care, facilitator for PGF relapse prevention, Lecturer in Addiction studies, dapaanz supervisor. I am passionate about integrate practice and integrating the arts with therapy. I have presented at several conferences including in the United States, Rome, Pisa, and Melbourne as well as at Cutting Edge.

I am standing because:
It would be advantageous to have the voice of someone who was on the original board and can represent the needs of students intending to be practitioners. I also can represent the gambling and other non-substance disorders as I am the course leader for that course and supervise PGF practitioners.


Toni Snapes

Employer: 
ICAMHS (Infant, child, adolescent mental health service)

Job title:
AOD Clinician

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by: 
Mike Murphy Scanlon

Biography:
My work in the addiction field to date has outlined both drug treatment within a correctional facility and currently in the community, working with children and youth. Therefore, I have worked alongside people who were working towards both absence and harm reduction. In addition to this, exploring the effects of past and present trauma and coexisting mental health issues with the individuals. While this work has been challenging I have found it vastly rewarding in that it has enabled me to grow as a person both professional and personally. Both successes and failures have contributed to this growth, in that, I have had to explore different treatment options, gained a greater understanding of culture and ethnicity and the impact it has on treatment outcomes, and understanding how powerful and vital engagement and connection is, it is the underpinning element required in successful outcomes.

I am standing because:
I can only say that I am passionate about my work and have been inspired watching people as they undertake their journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. Therefore, this why I would like to become a board member as being part of addiction community and progressing towards achieving better outcomes in New Zealand is an exciting and rewarding opportunity.


Debby Sutton

Employer: 
Odyssey

Job title:
Programme Manager, AOD Provider Collaborative

Membership status: 
Standard Member / Current Board Member 

Nominated by:
Suzy Morrison

Biography:
Debby has worked in the addiction treatment sector for over 20 years in a variety of roles, including Alcohol & Drug Counsellor at CADS, Senior Lecturer at Central Institute of Technology/ WelTec, and in Workforce Development roles for CADS and Matua Raki. For the last few years she has worked for Odyssey in programme management roles establishing new initiatives including Odyssey’s COPMIA family resiliency programme and various projects implemented by the AOD Provider Collaborative, such as Recovery College, and collaborations with primary care.

These roles have provided Debby with opportunities to contribute to the advancement of the addiction workforce, such as assisting with the development of the Bachelor of Alcohol & Drug Studies degree, and the Addiction Practitioner Competencies (2001 and 2010), as well as writing publications such as, A guide to the addiction treatment sector in Aotearoa, New Zealand (Matua Raki, 2012), and the Supervisors’ Guide: Integrating Family Inclusive Practice into clinical supervision for the addictions workforce (Kina Trust, 2010).

I am standing because:
Over the years, I have always appreciated being part of the addiction treatment community in New Zealand, and strongly believe that it offers a unique and valuable perspective to delivering health services. Dapaanz is an important representative of this community and in seeking re-election to the board I hope to contribute to the successful continuation of dapaanz into the future.

Over the 2015-2017 term of office the board and dapaanz staff have made many changes which have aimed to enhance how dapaanz operates, and its services to members. I have particularly enjoyed working with my board colleagues to enhance communication between dapaanz and its members, and strengthening the registration system to ensure that dapaanz registration continues to reflect quality addiction practice. I believe that dapaanz has made good progress in many areas over this period, and there are other initiatives planned for 2017-2019 which I would like to support with my commitment and capabilities.


Michael Templeton

Employer: 
Auckland South Correctional Facility

Job title:
Programme Facilitator

Membership status: 
Provisional Practitioner

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Steward James Eiao

Biography:
The area of counselling that I am focused on presently is with offenders in the criminal justice system. This is inclusive of group facilitation both in the prison and in the community with a wide variety of people in different life stages. I am experienced with working with high risk complex needs clients, including youth and those with significant mental health disorders both within group settings and individually. The scope of my practice includes working with a wide range of issues such as; grief, adjustment, depression, anxiety, anger, addictions and relationship issues. I favour working from a strength based and systemic perspective and have a good integration of therapeutic modalities to draw from.

My personal life experiences have given me substantial insight into the world of drug and alcohol addiction, crime, and prisons. While I am open about this when asked about it or it is known, I am skilled in maintaining firm boundaries and returning the focus to the individual and the therapeutic direction at hand. I have a proven ability to work inter culturally, especially with Māori and have a good understanding and appreciation of the principles and articles of the treaty of Waitangi. I hold Provisional Registration with dapaanz and NZAC, committed to ongoing professional development and have excellent regular supervision.

I am standing because:
I believe that I have a mature outlook with good life experience over a broad range of contexts. This, coupled with a passion to see constantly developing opportunities and high standards in the addictions field give me real desire to contribute and serve a community of professional’s that drive innovation, care, and best practice outcomes. As stated in my bio, my professional focus is with the criminal justice system and it is in this field and the continuity of treatment from prison to community I am well able to contribute.

I have a deep appreciation for the values that dapaanz stand for and promote, which also connect with my personal philosophy in that: professional practice requires a high degree of integrity and care (Tika, pono and aroha) that profoundly regards the mana and difference of individuals in a way that promotes social collaboration and empowerment at all levels.



Anne Fiona Trevelyan

Employer: 
Odyssey

Job title:
CEO

Membership status: 
Standard Member

Nominated by:
Johnny Dow

Biography:
Fiona Trevelyan is Odyssey’s new CEO, having taken up the role in December 2016. Fiona Trevelyan has more than 30 years’ experience in the health and social services sector, including as a training manager, team leader, social work consultant, programme manager and CEO. Some of that work took place at Odyssey House including, Service Manager for the Co-Existing Disorders Service and Project Manager for the AOD Treatment Court Pilot Implementation.

Fiona was born and raised in South Africa and knew from an early age that she wanted to build a career focused on social equity and strengthening communities. In South Africa she contributed to the development of a national primary prevention programme for the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and helped establish an in-house substance use rehabilitation programme for a large multi-national company.

Fiona moved to New Zealand in 2002 and began work in the Co-Existing Disorders Service at Odyssey House and in 2008 became a Planner and Funder at Counties Manukau District Health Board(CMDHB) where she set to work implementing CMDHB’s five-year AOD plan and this included establishing a number of new services, one of which was the AOD Provider Collaborative. Fiona more recently held the role of Chief Executive Officer for Directions Health Services in Canberra from 2013-2016. There her achievements included the expansion of services into New South Wales, leading the Strategic Planning process, rebuilding the organisation’s quality system and rebranding the organisation with including new Vision, Mission and Values.

Fiona has post-graduate Social Work qualifications from the University of Cape Town, South Africa as well as furthering her studies in New Zealand at the University of Auckland and Massey University.

I am standing because:
I have extensive experience in the addiction field. I am committed to ensuring the delivery of high quality services to clients/tangata whaiora. This occurs when there is a well qualified, experienced, ethical and passionate workforce. Dapaanz as the professional body for Drug and Alcohol Practitioners, is the platform to ensure the development of exactly such a workforce.


Cynthia Young

Employer: 
Weltec

Job title:
Addiction StudiesTutor

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Nominated by:
Self

Seconded by:
Tony Carton

Biography:
I have worked in the Addiction field for the last 20 years with 5 years at Odyssey House as the Parent Programme Administrator, 1 ½ years at Weltec Newmarket campus teaching Counselling, 9 years as the Programme Coordinator at the Salvation Army Auckland Bridge Programme, 1 year at Goodman (Odyssey Youth Residential Services), 3 years doing Clinical Supervision on a part-time basis and since Feb 2017 my current role as Tutor in Addiction Studies at the Auckland campus of Weltec. I am proud to be a New Zealander and although I have enjoyed living and working overseas (UK and Canada) I love here best!

I am standing because:
I would like to part of initiatives to bridge the gap between best and current practice, foster excellence in addiction practice, build resources to acknowledge and manage possible dynamics and keep workplaces safe and supportive for all diverse cultures.


Kun Zhang

Employer: 
Matua Raki / Asian Family Services

Job title:
Project leader / Health Promoter

Membership status: 
Registered Practitioner / Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Nominated by:
Qiuyue Sang

Biography:
Kun (Billy) came to New Zealand in 2002, he then become a Registered Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinician and has worked closely with family in Corrections, DHB mental health, addictions and Chinese community response towards AOD misuse, gambling and domestic violence over the past 7 years.

Recently, Kun was employed by Asian Family Services which focuses on providing services to Asian people in Wellington. He also works for Matua Raḵi Wellington as a Project lead, which provides mental health and addiction information for Asian people by creating and/or translating this into their languages. He is fluent in English and Mandarin; and also speaks Chinese dialects such as Cantonese. He is a father of two girls who are 4 and 7 and lives in South Wellington.

I am standing because:
Kun is knowledgeable and passionate about the AOD sector. He’s committed to lead projects that support individuals or families to identify issues relating to mental health, alcohol, drugs and gambling, and then guide them to find the most suitable help. He is also driven to promote awareness of addiction issues at a community level at large and has developed several tools to address the issues.