Our Enviroschools facilitators are at the heart of our programme delivery. They support the whole school/centre journey, assisting teachers, caretakers, school management and community members to integrate sustainability and Environmental Education into their roles including classroom learning, planning, policies and Enviroschools projects. They encourage reflective practice, innovation and change. Each facilitator brings their unique character and perspectives to the network and embraces the kaupapa of creating healthy, peaceful sustainable communities.
When one of the team leaves it creates a gap. Recently long-serving facilitator from the Waikato Region, Beccy Dove was farewelled at a special celebration starting at Netherton School, a Green-Gold Enviroschools that she has been supporting along with others in the Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel District for over 10 years. Here is the Netherton powerpoint put together to honour Beccy’s contribution.
She was then championed at Waikino School (another Green-Gold Enviroschool) followed by an after-school get-together with local teachers. Throughout the day people spoke of the many special qualities that Beccy brought to her role – her compassion, her calm nature, her special ability to teach and share music and song and ultimately her ability to work with children, teachers, and communities to take lasting action for Papatūānuku. Beccy is now embarking on a new chapter in her life, pursuing other interests and passions.
Recently, in Kaitoke Regional Park, the Greater Wellington Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui team celebrated and farewelled two Wairarapa Enviroschools facilitators – Esther Dijkstra and Ali Mackisack.
Esther has been a loved member of the Enviroschools Network in the Wairarapa for 12 years. She brought specialist knowledge of soils to teachers and facilitators as well as modelling sustainability in her everyday life. She has taken three incredible schools through to Green-Gold and, although the Enviroschools team will miss her, we will still get to connect with her through her new role working for the Pukaha to Kawakawa Alliance.
Ali Mackisack made a vibrant and creative contribution to the Enviroschools network in Masterton and the Wairarapa in the 2 ½ years she has been with the Network. Ali has shown an admirable ability to keep students and teachers at the heart of her thinking and create thoughtful activities to focus us all on what really matters.
Whilst these facilitators will no longer be immersed in Enviroschools mahi, they will continue to be stars in the world of environmental education and always part of the Enviroschools whānau.