Co-Founder / Director
I was born in Dunedin and am a life member of Philanthropy New Zealand. In 1970 I co-founded a family Charitable trust with my father in memory of my late mother Rua Stevens.
Rua was a kindergarten teacher who had a life long love for young people, and always believed that from her experience, the early part of a young persons’ life was critical in their future development.
I married Penny in 1994 and fully supported her belief in setting up The Liberty of Being Me and became a Co-Founder, Trustee and Honorary Treasurer.
• Since setting up the family trust “Rua and Clarrie Stevens Charitable Trust” I have managed this and been in the privileged position to support many individuals and organisations since 1970 to the total sum of $1,214,680 as at March 2017. One of these being The Liberty of Being Me, which we continue to support. The lengthy list of individual and organisations supported include; Various Arts Sector organisations and individuals; Local Community Services; Himalayan Trust (Nepal); Cooking and Friendship programme; Scholarships in schools; Auckland Somali Community Association; Glendowie College; Leukaemia and Blood Foundation; Parenting with Confidence; Royal New Zealand Society for the Blind; Spirit of Adventure: Dunedin Community Law Society; Ruapotake Marae; and many more
• In 2016, I was invested as a member of NZ Order of Merit for services to the Communities.
What drives me to be part of the Liberty of Being Me?
I have read through the many feedback forms from the “Mother and Daughter Workshops” and the positive impact on the participants is nothing short of inspirational.
What is my vision for the Liberty of Being Me?
My overriding passion to build a greater resilience and sustainability to the capacity of the of the Foundation so that its programme can be continuously updated, modernised, building a strong national identity.