Who are we?

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

Sir David Levene

YES is privileged to have the patronage of highly respected philanthropist and businessman, Sir David Levene.

“YES does good work,” says the usually private Sir David. “What the organisation is working to achieve is valid, positive and sustainable. That is something I can put my name behind.”

YES’ CEO is proud to have Sir David as the patron for YES. “We are thrilled to have such a highly respected businessman and philanthropist as our Patron,” she says. “His support for YES goes back to the very early days and we are so very grateful to have this endorsement of our ongoing work.”

Sir David was knighted in 2010 for services to business and the community, was awarded an OBE in 1995, received an honorary doctorate from Massey University and has been inducted into the North Shore, Manukau and New Zealand Business Halls of Fame.

Sir David recognises that, while New Zealand is a ‘dream’ compared to many other countries, there is still work to do to help people who are disadvantaged here. He sees YES as a major factor in making New Zealand more accessible and equitable.

He supports a number of charities through his foundation, The David Levene Foundation. His support has allowed YES to continue to do amazing work in the disability community.


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