As an Abel Tasman Youth Ambassador Lucy is no stranger to representing the park. Now she gets to be involved in Project Janszoon’s governance as well.
16-year-old Lucy joined the Project Janszoon board in mid 2021. She is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor and through the programme had the opportunity to be mentored herself by fellow board member Kim McGlashen.
She is a student at Motueka High School and is involved in many aspects of the school but had no experience at board level. She thinks it’s important to be comfortable in the governance space, which has been traditionally dominated by older males. “If I want to be part of enacting change it’s good to know the system.”
Lucy likes the fact Project Janszoon has a defined timeframe and is very action focused and says it’s exciting to be involved in actively making change in the park. She is considering her options for further study – looking at the possibility of doing Anthropology, Māori studies or Music. After attending her first Project Janszoon board meeting she is now also thinking about environmental science.