Challenge for Change Coordinator
Ailsa Krefft has been part of the team since 2020 and feels privileged to coordinate the Challenge for Change program here at BGI.
Casey James has been involved with BGI since 2004 when he was part of a program called the Wellington Youth Project (WYP). He then started volunteering as a challenge for change mentor before starting full time work as Ross’ assistant in what he calls a varied and challenging role. In the winter Casey practically lives at Mt Ruapehu because of an intense love of snowboarding. In his spare time he also loves to read, play games, and hang out with friends and family. As well as a love for youth work and snowboarding Casey’s other great love in life is food.
Office Manager / Parenting Facilitator
After participating in the BGI parenting program and volunteering for two years, Donna Redmond became a permanent member of staff in 2012. She brings years of restaurant and hotel management to her roles of Office Manager and Parenting Co-Facilitator as well as a love of people and food. Donna contributes to giving the BGI offices a homely feel through both her interior design experience and her adopted role of “office mum.” Although she is proud of the work she does, Donna is quick to credit the role of “Karma” her Tibetan Spaniel Bichon who trots around the office checking in on wellbeing of the staff.
Events Co-ordinator & Youth Worker
Eddy Davis-Rae began an internship between BGI and Challenge 2000 in April 2016 before taking up his full time role in December of the same year. Originally based down in Dunedin, he worked in hospitality while completing a double degree in English and Economics. He has been involved with voluntary youth leadership since he was 14 and has a passion for music and sport. Eddy lived in England for seven years where he developed a love for football and in particular Liverpool FC. He has been involved with bands and music projects since he was in high school and has a particular interest in live music and events. Eddy's main focus at BGI is delivering the Journeys programme in partnership with the Walter Nash Centre in Taita - a role which he finds fun, challenging and rewarding.
Community Kitchen Coordinator
Helen Craig started in her role as the chef in the community kitchen in 2016. The BGI staff’s love of food allowed her to quickly establish herself as one of the most popular people in the office. She has extensive restaurant experience and also has a background in primary teaching. Her love of art means that she enjoys visiting galleries in her spare time as well as reading and hanging out with her husband and three kids. Helen also has a not so secret love for Morris Minor cars.
Youth Ministry Director
Laura Putt started her role as the Youth Ministry Director here at BGI in 2017 after extensive experience working with young people both in New Zealand and Australia. As part of her role she coordinates Thrive - the senior youth group at St Johns. As well as her passion for youth work, Laura loves the outdoors and often spends her weekends kayaking, skiing or even hiking around the mountains near her home in Kapiti. She is a whiz on the netball court, loves music and singing and cherishes spending time with friends and family. How does one girl have the energy to do all this you may ask? A can-do attitude and a steady supply of mochas is all it takes.
Presbytery Central Youth Ministry Enabler
Nga Rolston has been based in the team at BGI since 2008. She originally became connected as a young person attending youth group at St Johns in the City church and then was shoulder taped to apply for a role at BGI. Since then we have seen her get married, adopt two SPCA cats and thrive in her role of supporting youth workers around Wellington and the lower half of the North Island. Nga’s main role currently is a supervisor and as Presbytery Central’s Youth Ministry Enabler so if she looks at you with a twinkle in her eye while yawning and drinking coffee she has probably just returned from an inspiring camp.
Director of Youth and Community Projects
Ross Davis is the Director of Youth and Community Projects here at BGI. He joined the team in 2002 after selling his printing business in Auckland and making the move to Wellington – a city he now fondly calls home. Ross' love for young people began when a friend asked him to help out by kicking a ball around with a community youth group on a Friday night. He thought he’d help out for a maximum of one term. 30+ years of experience in voluntary youth work later, his love for young people remains as strong as ever. Ross is a loving husband to Anna and dearly loves their three kids Andrew and twins Eve and Claire. He has a passion for Te Reo Maori, sailing, and encouraging young people to do exciting things that make Wellington a better place for everyone.
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