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Executive and Life Members

 

 

Meet the 2018 EONZ Board

 

Fiona McDonald  - co-chair

Education Consultant

 

 

 

 Fiona is an education outside the classroom consultant, project manager, and assessor. She works with a number of organisations. She a member of the Ministry of Education  Reference group that was involved in the development and ongoing review of the EOTC Guidelines. She is on the NZ Recreation Association board.

Previously she has worked as a teacher, Head of Faculty, Assistant and Deputy Principal at a high school level. She works with Skills Active supporting qualification development, moderation, and assessment. She is an auditor for Qualworx.
Fiona strongly believes in the value of quality integrated cross curriculum EOTC for students.

Phil Washbourn - co-chair

Papanui High School

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 Phil is Assistant HOD HPE: Outdoor Education at Papanui High School in Christchurch and has been active within the Canterbury EONZ region since the early 2000s. He recently completed a Masters Thesis investigating Māori student perspectives in Outdoor Education and the implications for cultural responsive pedagogies in outdoor programmes. Phil has a passion for engaging students with Aotearoa New Zealand's unique outdoor environments, creating connections with the places they live in, and facilitating care and sound decision-making in our interactions with natural environments. Phil enjoys tramping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and tree planting in his spare time.

Libby Paterson - Immediate past co-chair

Otago University, Teaching Fellow Victoria University of Wellington

 

 

 Dr. David Irwin 

Ara Institute of Canterbury (Editor of Te Whakatika)

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 Originally trained as a primary teacher many years ago, Dave now works on the Sustainability and Outdoor Education Programmes at Ara Institute of Canterbury where he has been engaged in teaching and research related to learning in the outdoors since the late 1990s. Dave is interested in how both educators and learners grapple with their identity, finding out about their place in the world, and the role of education (and particularly experiential education) in change towards a more sustainable future. Along with Allen Hill and Jo Straker, Dave contributed to and edited the book Outdoor education in Aotearoa New Zealand: A new vision for the twenty-first century, published by CPIT and available through EONZ.

Dr. Allen Hill 

Ara Institute of Canterbury

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 Dr. Allen Hill is a Principal Lecturer in Sustainability and Outdoor Education at ARA Institute of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr. Hill joined the team at ARA in July 2016 from the University of Tasmania, Australia, where he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education since 2011.

Before his transition into tertiary education, Dr. Hill was a secondary school teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand for 11 years. During this time he held a number of leadership roles including Head of Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education, and Head of Assessment in a large co-educational state secondary school.

Dr. Hill’s professional career can be characterized by an enduring commitment to the development of people through education coupled with a strong concern for issues of justice, equality, sustainability, transformation, and citizenship. How education can contribute to a more sustainable future through healthy people, healthy communities, and healthy environments is at the heart of his research and teaching interests.

 Donald Matheson 

Perry Outdoor Education Trust (POET) 

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 Donald grew up exploring the Kāpiti Coast. He has always been interested in the outdoors and sharing special places with others. He currently works with secondary schools in the Waikato and BOP, helping them develop contemporary outdoor education programmes that suit their learner's needs.

Donald has explored outdoor education programmes all over the world. It has taken him from tutoring at Federation University in Ballarat, Australia, to instructing journey-based programmes in Croatia. He has also held mentoring, safety management and training roles within various non-profit organisations.

Donald is passionate about educating, enjoying and rejuvenating our natural environment.

 Caroline Reddish 

Trident High School

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  Caroline has been working in the outdoors for the past 20 years, first as an outdoor instructor, then teaching in the education system.  She has a focus on developing resilience and building capacity in teenagers through the outdoor environment. Caroline has a Masters in Educational Leadership and based this on coaching and mentoring and the use of Key Competencies to develop future-focused curriculum and reporting programmes.  Caroline is currently on the senior leadership team at Trident High School, is Assistant Head of PE and runs the Outdoor Education programme.  

Sophie Watson 

 Research assistant, writer, project manager

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 Sophie has spent the last decade working with young people in the outdoors. Most recently she was the TIC of Outdoor Education at a secondary school in Wellington. Her programmes were driven by concepts of inclusive, place-responsive and cross-curricular pedagogies. In 2016, she completed a Master’s in Education, which focussed on the experience of young women in Outdoor Education. Sophie has a great passion for learning and the outdoors and is currently involved in a range of education projects, including EOTC research, professional learning, and resource development. She enjoys any adventure that gets her outside and most recently has been trying her hand at multi-day bike journeys. This is Sophie’s second term serving on the executive. 

Executive Officer

 

Catherine Kappelle

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Catherine works from a home office in an EONZ executive officer role that has grown from 6 hours a week 10 years ago to a full-time position. Formally a teacher of physical education, health, and outdoor education, Catherine moved into Deaf Education and spent 20 years working at Van Asch Deaf Education Centre and later in the mainstream as a specialist teacher. Catherine's practice and ethics are grounded in principles of equity, inclusiveness, care for people and the environment, relationships with people and with the land, and quality pedagogy.

When not at work Catherine might be found somewhere outdoors, with her family, on her bike, or on the lower reaches of the Waimakariri River. 

 

Te Tumu herenga waka, herenga tangata

(the post that binds the waka also binds the people)

Associate professor Mike Boyes 

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The bestowing of this special award that acknowledges leadership in our sector over an extended period of time was celebrated at the AGM of May 2017. 

Read more about the meaning of the award and Mike's contribution here.

Life Members

The following EONZ members have made a significant and ongoing contribution to EONZ and Outdoor Education in New Zealand over an extended period:

Hilary Chidlow
Bert McConnell
Wayne Putt
Gerald Rawson
Arthur Sutherland
Lynley Stewart
Gemma Periam
Mike Boyes
Liz Thevenard

 

 

Life member Liz Thevenard receives award

Liz Thevenard, longstanding EONZ member and previous national chair, receives a life membership at the 2017 AGM from 2017 co-chairs Fiona Mcdonald (left) and Libby Paterson (right). Check out Liz's story  Waikanae's Liz receives EONZ Award

 

 

Regional Life Members

EONZ members who have made a significant contribution in their respective regions:

John Charteris, EONZ Waikato
Margaret O'Connor, EONZ Auckland
Jill Dalton, EONZ Auckland
Colin Bramfitt, EONZ Auckland