Who are we?

YES comprises of a team of skilled individuals, passionate about providing effective information, support and services to disabled youth and learning differences, their families / whanau, and other organisations and groups within the sector.

Elissa Downey

Elissa brings extensive communications experience across corporate, government and not-for-profit environments. She is currently an External Communications Manager at IAG, New Zealand’s largest general insurer. She has held senior communications roles at Vector, Vodafone New Zealand and the Halberg Foundation. Her experience ranges from corporate, internal and strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, issues and crisis management, brand management, digital and social media. Elissa holds deep respect for the contributions disabled people make in our society and is passionate about removing barriers to participation to create space for everyone to fulfill their potential.


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