Co-Chair - Maureen Gillon (Community Portfolio)
Maureen sits on the Shine Management Group as a member of the Social and Civic Policy Institute. She is interested in strengths-based approaches and practices used by communities to develop their own solutions, and supports Collective Impact because it provides a useful and sustainable approach for organizing collaborative action. It is a systematic approach that provides a focus for action through an agreed common agenda, shared measures, continuous communication, mutually reinforcing actions and targeting backbone support to influence change. In Porirua the framework provides a focus for those working to improve education outcomes for children and young people.
Maureen believes that we should never underestimate the power and energy of people working toward a shared goal. She thinks the challenge is to interpret the vision and explore ideas by creating spaces for connecting and dialogue. A key strategy for the Shine Strategic Alliance is understanding strengths that exist in our local communities, find out what matters to them, and how local experiences, capacity and capability can be used as a lever for thinking about what is possible to underpin change and improvement.