Nelson/Tasman established a Life Education Community Trust in November 2002. This was made possible by patrons Roy and Renate Savage gifting a mobile classroom to the community to enable the Trust to be started.
Since its inception, the Nelson/Tasman mobile classroom has visited over 95% of the primary and intermediate schools in the region – including Motueka, Riwaka and Golden Bay. The programme has been extremely well-received such that our mobile classroom now has a fully-booked schedule of schools from one end of Nelson/Tasman to the other, teaching the Life Education programme, and along with Harold, has become a highly visible and popular identity within the community.
In Nelson/Tasman our programme is dependent on the support of a vital group of local sponsors whose contributions by way of funding and services help us to deliver the programme to schools at a highly subsidised rate so that all pupils have the opportunity to attend.
Our sponsors are true partners in our programme – we encourage and create opportunities for their participation in our community activities and value their commitment to our goals. Without these partnerships the Life Education programme could not operate in Nelson/Tasman.
Our target is to raise 60% of our operating costs through sponsorship within the local communities in which we operate; raising the remainder through fundraising activities and donations. Because we are a volunteer organisation, all funds raised go towards programme delivery.
Ingrid’s teaching career began when she was 20 and completed her Diploma of Teaching and Degree in Education. She spent 18 years teaching in a traditional classroom, experiencing all levels of the curriculum and travelling around various areas of the North Island to teach. Ingrid was lucky to experience teaching in New Zealand’s largest intermediate through to teaching in a small remote two teacher school. She feels these experiences helped shape her into the person and teacher she is today.
In 2011 she took a big step and decided to move to the South Island – to Nelson, the sunny capital of NZ. Where she decided to take a small break from teaching, working on events. After two years she saw the Life Education job advertised and put herself forward.
All these years later she feels extremely fortunate to be working for an amazing organisation where she has the opportunity to speak daily into the lives of our young people. Ingrid believes that her job I do is not only a privilege but an important role that can help students realise their worth and equip them with the skills to make future wise choices for themselves.
Chairperson: Nigel Andrews 0274351300, [email protected].