Many thanks from Auckland Challenge Inc. to the following special people for dedicating their many hours to making us a success!
Helen Doherty Helen is a retired secondary school teacher who does part time work proofreading academic theses for students at Auckland University and AUT. She has interests in several fields including bird restoration at the Ark in the Park in the Waitakere Ranges; being part of a community garden in her street and as a member of Glen Eden Transition Towns, a worldwide movement aiming to develop more resilient communities that are less dependent on fossil fuels. Helen’s voluntary work includes the Glen Eden Citizens Advice Bureau and teaching at Paremoremo prison as part of the Howard League literacy programme. She is a member of Waitakere ITC Powertalk club (formerly Toastmistresses) that provides training in public speaking. Helen has a strong commitment to the values of the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award scheme and the goal of Auckland Challenge to make the award available to young people. Helen takes on the role of chairperson.
Alison Glover Ali comes to Auckland Challenge with years of experience behind her involving volunteering and fundraising assistance for organisations, especially those involving youth. With her family for the last 15 years, they have puppy walked and are breeding stock Guardians for Guide Dog Services. She holds a postgraduate certificate in Health and Safety and Governance, Graduate Diploma of Communications and a Bachelor of Business and has served on many committees during her children's transitions from Day Care to Secondary school. Both her children have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Ali comes from an environment of strong family values and through her role as an Association Manager has skills of event and budget management for a non profit organisation. She currently holds the role of Treasurer.
Susan Ng (Education Advisor) Susan is currently a fulltime Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Education at Auckland University. She is researching twice-exceptional (gifted with learning difficulties) students and how we provide for them in New Zealand schools. Previously she taught for over a decade at West Auckland secondary schools, specialising in catering for the educational needs of gifted and talented students. She has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary award scheme for over 5 years with her 2 oldest sons having completed their Gold awards, another son currently doing Silver and a daughter about to start her Bronze award.