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Rainbow Youth farewelling two key staff members

Mon 6 May 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News

Hamilton (centre) and Shore (right) with former colleague Priscilla Penniket at tehe WTF launch Two staff members are wrapping up their time at Rainbow Youth, which is heading for a slight restructure. Executive Director Thomas Hamilton finishes with Rainbow Youth on 29 June at the Annual General Meeting, after four years of service, and is heading to university to train as a counsellor. Fundraising and Special Projects Manager Sam Shore also winds up his contract this month after a similar time in his role, to focus on his performing arts career. Rainbow Youth Board Chair Duncan Matthews says there is no doubt that that Hamilton’s legacy to the organisation will be huge. He says words cannot adequately sum up the positive contribution he has made to the lives of hundreds of queer and trans youth in Auckland and across New Zealand. “I think everyone would agree, it’s hard to imagine Rainbow Youth without Tommy, who has been such a key driving force and proponent of the organisation for so long,” Matthews says. Rainbow Youth is hopeful Hamilton will still volunteer with the organisation as he heads to university in July. “Rainbow Youth wishes him the very best of luck as he moves into this exciting new stage of his life,” Matthews says. He is also thanking Shore, a talented writer and director, for his work in his four years as part of the Rainbow Youth family. “Most recently being the outstanding WTF campaign and launch. In wishing Sam all the best for his future, I look forward to following his career and rise to fame.” The departures follow Education Coordinator Priscilla Penniket leaving to travel overseas. She has been replaced by Kestin Stewart. Matthews says there are four positions for new staff at Rainbow Youth due to a slight restructure. “Together, Tommy and the Board have worked hard to make sure our new staffing structure increases the level of support we can offer to young people and the community, while still working within our limited financial means,” he says. The newly created roles are General Manager, Centre Administrator, Fundraising Coordinator and Campaign Coordinator. Applications for the new jobs open today and run until 20 May. Get more details and apply here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 6th May 2013 - 11:50am

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