Lisa Whyte

I will bring finance, governance, and many years of local government experience to the board. I’m currently an Auckland District Licensing Committee Chair and Board member of Basketball New Zealand and Tennis New Zealand. Previous governance roles include Netball North Harbour and Northern Auckland Kindergarten boards, and governance coaching and advice for community organisations. I’m […]

Serenity Bouchard, Intern

Serenity Bouchard is from Colorado, United States of America. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree for social work at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Her goal is to work with non-profit companies in the USA that focus on disability. She is a part of the social work Phi Alpha Honor Society. Serenity likes going on […]

Aaron Smith, National I.Lead Coordinator

Aaron is responsible for co-ordinating all things I.Lead.  He is passionate about empowering young people to achieve their full potential and is a strong advocate for youth-led co-creation, co-development and co-delivery. Working with young people from within the disability community to help bring about a more inclusive community through the provision of youth-led projects designed […]

Kevin Park, Web Management Facilitator

He is from South Korea, but he lives in New Zealand at the moment. He has become a Christian since 2011. He has been a Christian writer since 2013, and He also has been a student at Carey Baptist College, studying biblical studies & theology since 2016. He is involved and ministering at Waiheke Island […]

Tanya Ashdown, Office & Projects Administration Coordinator

She joined YES Disability recently and is really excited to become a part of our team. Sonia told her that no day would be the same, and she was right, including Fires! She is married (for a really long time – 27 years) and has two children – Caitlin (24) and Connor (20). I previously […]

Jason Alexander, Chair

Jason is our Board Chair and has a strong background in technology working for various organisations in New Zealand and overseas. Jason currently works as the General Manager of Innovation and Strategy for a non-profit public health organisation based in West Auckland as well as running his own web design and development company. Jason was […]

Funders & Partners

A Special Thanks to the following people and organisations that help YES make a difference Corporate Sponsors Benefitz NZ Davanti Consulting Partners Benefitz NZ Grants and Donations Ara Taiohi Auckland Council (Local Boards) Auckland Foundation COGS Foundation North LeVA Lion Foundation Lindsay Foundation Lotteries Commission Matariki Trust Ministry of Education Ministry of Pacific Peoples Ministry […]

Lion Foundation House

The Lion Foundation House is the home of a number of organisations specialising in supportive services and advice committed to making a difference in Aotearoa.

Sonia Thursby, CEO

Sonia Thursby has worked in the Youth & Disability sector in New Zealand for over 25 years, with extensive prior experience in the UK. As a trusted ally to the sector, she has been able to put the voice of youth with disabilities at the forefront of every board she has been a part of, including […]


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