Katherine Chamberlain – Board Chairperson
I am Katherine Chamberlain and I work part-time for Barnardos as a Social Worker in Schools. I am a Registered Social Worker and Member of the ANZASW. My husband and I moved to Southland from Melbourne so we could be closer to family and enjoy all that the region has to offer in terms of the outdoor lifestyle - which we really missed when living in the city! I’m interested in how services can work together and be supported to do their best work for the community they serve. I’m inspired by the drive and passion of local people making things happen and the way the community gets on board to give so generously of their time and resources to get things done. I can’t think of a better place to live and raise our children.
Lewis Marshall – Secretary/Treasurer
Lewis is employed at the local hospital as a medical social worker.
He has had a long term interest in and involvement in local social services, and was invited by a former Board Chairperson to make himself available for board membership
Lewis enjoys participating with people and organisations who are willing to work collaboratively toward shared community goals.
Lewis feels our community has immense potential for people of all ages and interests. It is an ideal community to raise a family in, is close to an amazing hinterland and is building a comprehensive infrastructure of essential services. Lewis believes this community offers the best of both worlds, the benefits of the services of a medium size town and district along with the advantages of rural living.
Tracy Hicks - Gore Mayor
Tracy is currently Mayor of the Gore District Council, a role which has been a full time one since 2005. Tracy was elected to the inaugural Gore District Council as a Mataura ward member. He served two terms then stood down to concentrate on the establishment of a new retail store in Gore.
Tracy was appointed as a trustee to the Community Trust of Southland in 2005 and chaired the trust for six years, finishing his term in 2015.
Tracy has a strong interest in seeing the capacity, and capability of communities increased and sees the Community Networking Trust as a key vehicle in the delivery of that goal for Eastern Southland.
Ross Johnston – Deputy Chairperson
Ross is a company director, involved in farming and has been involved as a board member on the CNT from its founding, and before that with the initiating group.
Ross is currently the President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce New Zealand also fostering business development, and trade.
He believes we live in a wonderful part of the world and loves to be part of facilitating things that are of value for families in our community.
Ken believes it is a pleasure and privilege to be working with the Community Networking Trust, as the community comes closer to reaching its potential when it’s many different sectors work in close alliance with each other. The health of a community is closely allied with the health of the agencies which serve it.
During the day you can usually find Ken at the Calvin Community Church where he serves as a Minister. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Gore High School Board of Trustees, a keen learner and avid reader. Ken enjoys a variety of sports, both playing and watching, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Stacey is a Public Health Nurse employed by the Southern DHB. She provides health support and advice to local families, preschools and schools.
Stacey is new to the Community Networking Trust board in 2015. Stacey feels the Community Networking Trust is an essential component to enable the people of Eastern Southland to access services.
Stacey enjoys living in Eastern Southland and wants the community to continue to develop to meet the needs of its ever changing population.
John is a Presbyterian Minister working as a Family Worker for Mataura Presbyterian Church, working with families and individuals throughout the community, of all ages, but primarily focusing on children. John has a BA in Arts, another BA in Theology, and a BTh from Otago.
The CNT compliments and overviews a lot of the work that John does, and connects him with others doing the same. The Trust enabled him to be involved in a more proactive way with the governance of an important community asset.
The Gore district is that it’s a great place to raise a family. The grass is green, the mountains and the sea are close by, and the community is relatively stable and good.
A good community at heart inspired John to do his bit to make it better, and see how well can make this place function for the next generation. That is John's hope for the future.
Brent is currently the Pastor at Gore Baptist Church. Previous to that he has been a Director of a Social Service organisation, a Youth Pastor and an Accountant.
Originally from South Auckland - but loving life in Southland, Brent enjoys being part of this community and wants to see people have the best opportunity they can to flourish here. Brent came onto the Board in 2016 and being a part of it is a way for him to contribute and play a role in helping create and maintain the best possible community to live in. Outside of work life he loves a good coffee, seeing new places and is a big Liverpool fan.
As a first term Councillor, it is a pleasure to represent Gore District Council on the Community Networking Trust.
I was raised on a farm in Southland and have lived and worked in the Gore area over many years, having strong interests in finance, social development, and the environment. I also enjoy family, travel, gardening and outdoor recreation.
Community Networking Trust is a vehicle to increase the awareness, cohesion and collaboration of groups who all work for the betterment of the community’s wellbeing through social development.
I enjoy being a board member, able to participate in leaving a strong community in good heart for future generations to benefit, as I have.