Meet our Facilitators

 Christina Barruel
 Head of Peace Education 

Head of Peace Education, Christina Barruel has trained thousands of student peer mediators and teachers during her 24 year association with Cool Schools both as a School Programme Coordinator and in her present position as Head of Peace Education for The Peace Foundation. In this role she leads a team of 10 other programme facilitators who work in schools throughout New Zealand empowering students and staff with life-long conflict management skills for both personal and professional use. Christina has also introduced the programme to schools in Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland, Los Angeles and Japan. Christina comes from a primary teaching background. She has had over 25 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools. Her contribution to The Peace Foundation has been invaluable. She has worked at developing world-class peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation programmes for schools. During 2013, Christina was recognized for her contribution to peace education in New Zealand and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. This enabled her to spend time with an organization in Seattle, Washington State, USA, who also provide successful peer mediation programmes for schools nationwide. “This amazing experience equipped me with lots of ideas and strategies. These have really helped to enhance our own Cool Schools and Leadership through Peer Mediation (LtPM) programmes for New Zealand schools.” During 2018, Christina developed and facilitated a four week practical conflict resolution module for a Level 4 paper at AUT. Components of this module were also taught to Japanese students over two days at Hirosaki University in northern Japan. Christina continues to remain passionate about her work. She considers it a privilege to work in education institutions teaching peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation skills ... what she loves most. Furthermore, she says, "I have the opportunity every day to remind myself... I must practise what I preach!" Christina enjoys cycling, running, dancing and yoga to keep in good shape. Her regular social activities with family and friends always bring great joy and happiness.  

Regions: Auckland, Northland, Coromandel, and Taupo
Phone: 027 272 9331
Email : christina@peacefoundation.org.nz  


 Lisa Gibson
 Family Programme Coordinator and Facilitator + School Programmes Facilitator 

Lisa is a qualified teacher, devoted mother of two teenagers, coordinator and trainer of the Peaceful Family Communication Programme. Born in Samoa, Lisa grew up in NZ in a blended, cross-cultural family.
For the last decade Lisa has helped hundreds of families discover more about themselves and develop stronger connections with others through facilitating a variety of educational programmes through The Peace Foundation. She is also a practiced life coach with qualifications in positive psychology and neuroscience. After training as a teacher in New Zealand she felt drawn to live and teach in Europe to broaden her experience and stayed for six years.
Lisa is inspired to make a difference by sharing her experiences and knowledge particularly with families and youth. She wants to create a safer world for young people and help families to create life long bonds. She feels inspired and honoured to work with like-minded people at the Peace Foundation in their collective desire to create a more peaceful world.
In her freetime she loves being around family and friends and also enjoys going for walks, swimming and being in nature.
Lisa is a qualified teacher, devoted mother of two teenagers, coordinator and trainer of the Peaceful Family Communication Programme. Born in Samoa, Lisa grew up in NZ in a blended, cross-cultural family.
For the last decade Lisa has helped hundreds of families discover more about themselves and develop stronger connections with others through facilitating a variety of educational programmes through The Peace Foundation. She is also a practiced life coach with qualifications in positive psychology and neuroscience. After training as a teacher in New Zealand she felt drawn to live and teach in Europe to broaden her experience and stayed for six years.
Lisa is inspired to make a difference by sharing her experiences and knowledge particularly with families and youth. She wants to create a safer world for young people and help families to create life long bonds. She feels inspired and honoured to work with like-minded people at the Peace Foundation in their collective desire to create a more peaceful world.
In her freetime she loves being around family and friends and also enjoys going for walks, swimming and being in nature.

 

Regions: Auckland
Phone: 021 464 910
Email : lisa@peacefoundation.org.nz