Matariki is an important time to gather with whanau, reflect on the past and remember our whakapapa. It is also a good opportunity for Maori to share their stories and culture with the wider community. Hear one of our wonderful foster carers talk about Matariki and what it means to her and her foster whanau.
Deloitte and Google have announced Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders of 2018, to further develop workplace inclusion and create role models for LGBTI workers.
Building on the success of the first Outstanding 50 list from December 2016, this year’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI leaders list comprises leading public figures across the corporate and public sectors, politicians, government officials and business people from small, medium and large companies.
The 2018 list features 24 women and 26 men and also includes two transgender business leaders and an intersex leader.
Key Assets Group CEO, Steve Jacques was named one of the Outstanding LGBTI Leaders for championing LGBTI inclusion and leading Key Assets’ LGBTI strategy and inclusive workplace campaign.
â€œI am thrilled to be acknowledged by Deloitte and Google as an outstanding LGBTI executive. I am often reminded that you are only as good as the people around you. My journey in leadership has had a lot of influencers along the way, but what has been consistent has been the support by others to let me be authentic in the workplace, particularly as a gay man.â€
â€œI am proud to work with people, all over the world, committed to making a difference every day and I think this acknowledgement is also for them tooâ€”they are outstanding! Through-out my career, I have always been clear that the most effective and innovative workplaces and businesses are the ones where inclusion, and the celebration of diversity, are at the core. This list is an accolade to those workplaces and businesses too,â€ Mr. Jacques says.
Key Assets is a not-for-profit and social enterprise foster care and children’s services provider, operating across New Zealand, Australia and the world. Key Assets New Zealand have also been nominated for a number of awards at this year’s inaugural New Zealand LGBTI Awards.
â€œI work in the children and families social services sector and I am most passionate about giving every child and young person the opportunity to live in a safe, secure and nurturing environment, allowing them to achieve their full potential.â€
â€œI consider myself fortunate to work in a sector that has a long history of campaigning for social justice and human rights. I think I have been able to change perceptions about the role LGBTI people can have in caring for children through fostering.â€
â€œOur purpose at Key Assets is to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for children and young people by working with their foster carers, families and communities who reflect diverse backgrounds. Throughout all our offices, and our carer network, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where people can be themselves and thrive, both in the workplace and in the community,â€ Mr. Jacques says.