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New Board invigorates Rainbow Youth

Sun 27 Jul 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

New Zealand's highest profile LGBT youth network Rainbow Youth gained what the organisation says is a strong new Executive Board and was "inspired" by guest speakers at their Annual General Meeting last weekend. "The AGM went very well this year, we had some fantastic speakers, and the quality of candidates for the board was outstanding," Rainbow Youth board member Jennifer Lorimer says. "Even [Minister for Education] Chris Carter made a guest appearance and spoke about his efforts against bullying in schools." The organisation is governed by eight members of the Executive Board – each aged up to 27 – aided by three 'Adult Advisers' who are respected in or by the LGBT community. "The new Executive Board was elected from some very strong candidates," says Lorimer. Those elected are: Chairperson Daniel Chorley, Secretary Tones, Treasurer Daniel, Nicola, Jennifer Lorimer, Nemo Craig, Jaime Veale and Clint Woolly. The group acknowledged the commitment to the organisation of Cameron Micheal who after many years on the Rainbow Youth Board decided not to run again this year. His work for the organisation has been greatly appreciated over the years, says Lorimer. "We also recognised the hard work of previous adult advisers Linda and Marget who last year stood down from many years of helping our board to carry out their work and aid them with their own incredible enthusiasm and strength. Thanks also go to our other adult advisors Marco Creemers and Andrew Gill who have been fantastic in helping the board grow and develop and will be continuing to help the board through the next term. Also adult adviser Lisa Howard-Smith has stood down from her position this year. We thank her for taking on the role and helping us over the past year." Howard-Smith's departure has left one position open for another adult adviser. "Finally, we extend our gratitude to our hard working staff, our Youth Coordinator Robert Marshall and Education Officer Serafin Dillon who have brought so much to the organisation." Rainbow Youth's busy 2008 will continue with their first Alternative Ball this September. The organisation is also currently undergoing a review of its website in preparation for its revamp. More details are available on the links below.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 27th July 2008 - 1:51pm

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