Kia ora koutou, we'd like to introduce you all to our new Disarmament and Security Centre (DSC) staff members who will be carrying on our work when our current Programme Manager, Lucy Stewart, takes maternity leave in a few weeks time. It's great to have such capable hands to carry on our disarmament education work and we know you'll all enjoy getting to know Kate Davidson and Megan Blakie.
Kate and Megan will job-share the role with Kate primarily looking after the disarmament side of the Centre and Megan primarily taking care of the administration and NGO Management side, although of course there are lots of cross overs between the areas so no doubt you'll see them both at our events and various initiatives. Both ladies are Ōtautahi, Christchurch based and we're really excited to have them join the team.
Kate Davidson has a Master of International Law and Politics and studied nuclear disarmament in her undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Canterbury. She also holds a post graduate diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago. Kate has worked in communications and community engagement for United Nations Women, local government in New Zealand, and in earthquake recovery in the Canterbury region. After working in international, central, and local government Kate decided she wanted to work within Aotearoa/New Zealand at the community level focusing on family violence and became a Constable with New Zealand Police in Auckland from 2018 until 2022.
Link to LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-davidson-b2423a198/
Ko Megan ahau. I’m excited to be on a learning curve with you all, celebrating Aotearoa’s antinuclear past and being part of the centre’s proactive work towards a peace-filled future. I look forward to hearing about what rangimārie means to you and what motivates you to be involved in this mahi. My background is in communications, fundraising (in a former life in Auckland) and project management, and my role with the centre is to maintain the day-to-day ‘stuff’ so that the organisation runs smoothly. My happy place is spending time aboard Bee’s Knees, a yacht that is my second home and which my husband and I lived on for 2 years while cruising offshore. It may not come as a surprise that we renamed her from her original French moniker before we set sail round the South Pacific!
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Kate and Megan are looking forward to engaging with you all on disarmament issues and meeting you at various events and disarmament education initiatives.