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Jennifer Leahy

I am passionate about lifelong learning opportunities, and my current role as South Island Manager for Ako Aotearoa (Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence) means that I have the chance to connect with a range of tertiary providers and educators about lifelong learning. I also work for Adult and Community Education(ACE) Aotearoa one day a week and deliver workshops on the ACE Teaching Standards.
I have had the privilege of working for Christchurch Women’s Prison, Christchurch College of Education, the University of Canterbury and Ara Institute of Canterbury. In these roles, I worked as a lecturer on the Certificate of Adult Teaching and the Diploma of Adult Teaching and Learning qualifications as well as teaching in the Bridging Programmes and Learning Services team at Ara.
I enjoy being able to contribute to our community particularly supporting opportunities for learning. I have been the Chair of Te Aka Wāhine o te Waipounamu Southern Government Women’s Network and was a key organiser of the first Face-to-face Women’s Summit in Ōtautahi in 2023. I have enjoyed my time and learnt a lot from my involvement with local and national committees for the Christchurch Women’s Centre, Literacy Christchurch, Pillars, Literacy Aotearoa, Books In Prison Trust and ACE Aotearoa. I am currently on the board of Canterbury Workers Education Association (CWEA), Graduate Women Canterbury and the Celia Lashlie Trust.

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