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Stephen Rainbow becomes new OUTLine Chair

Tue 26 Jun 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

New OUTLIne Chair Stephen Rainbow Stephen Rainbow has been elected the new Chair of the Board of Auckland-based phone support and glbti advocacy service OUTLine, in what is a period of change for the organisation. He replaces Peter Martin, who has stepped down from the Board after two years as Chair and several years as Treasurer. Rainbow has extensive local government sector experience, having previously been the general manager of Transport at Auckland City Council; the Head of Urban Strategy at Wellington City, and the Chief of Staff for Auckland City Mayor John Banks. Currently he is the Key Relationship Manager at Auckland Transport. Rainbow was also a Wellington City Councillor for three terms and is currently a Board member of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Joining him on the OUTLine Board are Willy Ruru (Secretary), Steve Newton (Treasurer), Terry Haywood, Martin Fraser, Bernice Tyree and Hayden Bigelow. OUTLine also has a new General Manager in counsellor and health professional Timothy McMichael, who has moved to Auckland from Hawke’s Bay to take up the role. In his first AGM address, McMichael told those gathered that if there is one thing he is able to achieve during his tenure as General Manager: “it will be to find more creative way still for improving the wellness, including the mental health, of our community”. He wants to raise the bar even higher for acceptance as a phone counselling volunteer and ensure current volunteers get “the very best kind of support whilst working with us”, and also plans to revamp the free face-to-face counselling service OUTLine offers. You can read his full address here    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 26th June 2012 - 2:58pm

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