Meet our Trainers

 Christina Barruel -  (Auckland, Waikato and Hawkes Bay regions)
 

Christina 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 School Programmes Manager and Trainer for The Peace Foundation. In this role she leads a team of trainers 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 and, more recently, Los Angeles, USA. 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 2011, 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. “This amazing experience equipped me with lots of ideas and strategies. These have really helped to enhance our own school programmes.” Christina continues to remain passionate about her work. She considers it a privilege to work in schools 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 practice what I preach!”  

Phone: 027 272 9331         
Email : christina@peacefoundation.org.nz  


Lynn Scott - (Northland, and Far North regions)
 
Lynn has worked for the Peace Foundation Cool Schools and LtPM programmes since 2008 and while living in Wellington, she worked with schools in Wellington, Wairarapa, Manuwatu, Wanganui and Nelson.  Since moving back to Northland in 2013 where she and her partner owned and operated the Taurikura General Store 10 years ago, Lynn is now working with schools in Northland including the Far North. She is passionate about schools being safe places for staff and students and believes that schools can be lode stars (guiding lights) in communities, sending out a message that working positively for understanding and good personal relationships in all aspects of people’s lives can make awesome changes for families and communities  Therefore Lynn is passionate about the Peace Foundation’s philosophy and programmes which promote these ideals. She is also passionate about enjoying to the full our wonderful New Zealand culture and environment.

Phone: 027 542 3665        
Email: lynn-scott@xtra.co.nz


Tracy Scott - (South Island regions)

 

Tracy Scott started her mediator/trainer journey 14 years ago at the only not-for-profit community mediation centre in South Eastern Virginia while working on her Masters in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University. She spent 6 years as a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Genera/Family/Circuit Court Family Mediator, mentor and trainer and the Centre's Training coordinator.While there she presented at the Virginia Mediation Network and North Carolina Mediation Network Conferences and at the National Conference for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. She returned to New Zealand 9 years ago and completed her Masters including Community Change and Civic Leadership.She worked for 6 years as a DBH Tenancy Mediator and currently works as a private practice mediator/trainer and coordinator of the Christchurch Community Mediation Service as well as the Peace Foundation’s South Island Cool Schools and LtPM (Leadership through Peer Mediation) Programmes Trainer. She also presented last year at the Virginia Mediation Network Fall Conference on the topic of Community Mediation in New Zealand, and again this year at the LEADR Kon Gres Conference.  She is a LEADR Accredited Panel Member and AMINZ Affiliate.

Phone: 021 055 9575   or (03) 980 3512      
Email: tracy.scott@peacefoundation.org.nz


Gilian Tasker - (Taranaki, Wellington, Manawatu/Wanganui regions)

 

Gillian believes positive constructive relationships amongst students and with teachers are at the heart of quality learning and student achievement. Her 12 years of classroom teaching, parenting her two children, and her 2 decades of work as a teacher educator in both Wellington and Christchurch, has developed her passion for the importance of social and emotional learning and its contribution to student wellbeing and academic achievement. Gillian was the principal writer of both the 1999 and 2007 New Zealand Health Education Curriculum. She has been the national director of many teacher professional development projects, and worked with many wonderful teachers to develop resources for Health Education (Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual Wellbeing).She is delighted to have a role for the Peace Foundation as a facilitator of relationship and leadership skills through peer mediation for students and teachers in primary and secondary schools. Currently she also works as an international consultant on Quality Education, Policy and Practice, mainly in the Pacific.

Phone: 021 0233 2765        
Email: gillian.tasker@gmail.com