Leeanne is a Pakeha woman from the South Island of New Zealand. She has a strong connection to the Maori people from her country and in her family. Leeanne is a mother of a teenage daughter but has fostered many children through DCPFS over the last 10 years.
Leeanne has a 20-year background in a diverse range of community services positions from working as an Employment Consultant with ex-offenders and people with mental health conditions to working as a Peer Support Worker for the Department of Health. Leeanne has also run housing programs for St Patricks for Youth and Families in crisis and has been in the Defence Force for 10 years as an Electrician.
Leeanne has wanted to develop her skills and understanding of the Aboriginal culture and so came to Kinship Connections through volunteering and is now working as the Volunteer Coordinator.