Madeline Francis, 19
Kia ora my name is Madeline Francis, I am 19 years old, and I have the privilege of being able to serve the management team as chairperson.
During the day I work as a support tutor in the Education Centre at the YMCA. And in my spare time I am completing a Dip in Youth Development, Dip in Life Coaching and a Cert in Te Reo and running a youth group.
As a registered Clifton Strength coach, I am deeply passionate about speaking to the greatest of all young people, especially those who have had it rough.
My dream is to birth a ‘safe home’ in an at risk community for young people in crisis. Every step I take today is with that vision in sight.
Paige Sullivan, 18
Projects Managed: South Island Youth Connect
Hey guys! I’m Paige and I am 18 years old. I am excited to be stepping into my second year on the YVC Management Team as Deputy Chairperson. I was involved with the Selwyn Youth Council for 3 years, completing my last year as Chairperson in 2018. I am the youngest member of the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership Fund Board, in this role I am able to support youth development opportunities nationally.
I am in my first year of a Law and Commerce double degree at the University of Canterbury, with my commerce major being marketing. I am looking forward to seeing where I can use these new skills to benefit YVC. I am close to completing the Women in Leadership Australia ‘Accelerated Leadership Performance Programme.’
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music (specifically Ocean Alley and Sticky Fingers), hanging out with friends, and watching dirt track racing. However, I spend almost all of my time volunteering in my community and being involved in some incredible initiatives! I have a close relationship with my local Rotary club (Lincoln).
I am passionate about developing young people into the best they can be and empowering them to reach their goals. We have some incredible young people in our region and I am excited to see them fulfill their true potential.
Kusal Ekanayake, 22
Hey! My name is Kusal, and this is my second year on the Youth Voice Canterbury management team. I'm a full time software engineer by day, and a graphic designer and musician by night. I'm a mobile developer at Verizon Connect and a drummer for The Reconstruction. If you don't see me playing music or on a computer, I'll be out with my camera! I've been in and amongst the youth volunteer scene of Christchurch since 2015 and am using all that I have learned so far to make a Canterbury a greater place for young people to involved with!
This year I'll be taking on a bit of the admin being the YVC elected secretary putting my analytical and arranger skills to the test. I can't wait to see the impact YVC will have on the community throughout 2019!
Watch this space!
Kendra Burgess-Naude, 21
Kia ora my name is Kendra and I am 21 years old. I am new to the YVC management team this year but have been involved in youth participation since 2015 with the Christchurch Youth Council. I served two years as Chairperson and was very fortunate in that time to lead and support some major events and initiatives. I am passionate about working with young people to find their voices and strengthen them to express their opinions in the format that best suits them.
Outside of youth work, I have my Bachelor’s degree in History and English and am currently studying towards my Masters of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) at UC. I look forward to seeing how my experiences in youth participation will support my classroom to be full of ideas and student expression.
I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring and how YVC will develop. I look forward to working with the team and our network to provide some awesome opportunities for youth voice this year!
Kia ora, my name is Alyce Lysaght (pronounced Elise) and I am so excited to be on the Youth Voice Canterbury management team this year! I am originally from Ashburton and was on the Ashburton Youth Council for two years, fulfilling the role as a general member and then chairperson. I am currently in my second year of studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Natural Resources) at the University of Canterbury. At the university, I am also on the Student Volunteer Army executive for 2019. I have always been extremely passionate about creating networks and opportunities to help unleash the potential of young people, which is why I am so excited for the year ahead with YVC!