Out@psa is network for PSA members who identify as gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, takataapui, fa'afafine or bisexual. We aim to promote respectful, diverse and inclusive workplaces and public services.
Out@PSA had an active presence in several Rainbow/Queer activities during the months of February and March 2016. These include the Big Gay Out, Auckland Pride Parade, Picnic at Parliament, ILGA Conference, Wellington Pride Parade, & Out in the Park. Participants included several Out@PSA network members, other PSA members, PSA staff and supporters.
Updates on these events will be posted soon.
The Out@PSA leadership committee is now in place for 2016/2017. The committee members are:
- Beka Davey(PSA/Palmerston North)
- Tim Foote(Office of Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner/Wellington)
- Daniel Freeman-McGrath(MSD/Whangarei)
- Rauhina Scott-Fyfe(MOJ/Waitangi Tribunal/Wellington)
- Mathew Keen(MidCentral DHB/Palmerston North)
- Gene Saunders(PSA/Palmerston North)
- Colleen Smith(DOC/Auckland)
- Merv Taueki-Ransom(Te Wananga O Aotearoa/Auckland)
- Jeremy Tocker(MSD/Palmerston North)
Merv Taueki-Ransom has been elected as Convenor of Out@PSA
Over the next few months the new leaders will be introduced starting with the three committee members below.
Rebecca Davey (Beka)
Hello everyone :) I’m Beka and I work as an Online Organizer for PSA. I’m excited to be part of the Out@PSA committee. I am passionate about equality and supporting the rights of our rainbow community. My background and experience illustrates a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with all walks of life. I love networking, building positive relationships and discovering new opportunities. I have a sales background which allows me to be engaging and promote Out@PSA activities in a proactive way! I’m keen to get involved, help create ideas and put those into action to achieve a result.
Timothy Foote (Tim)
Above all else, I bring my passion for our diverse communities. I can contribute my knowledge from working with community groups and organising projects for the queer communities, particularly around dialogue/communication and conflict resolution. As an individual, I will also bring my energy, creativity, and patience.
My work experience is primarily in dispute resolution and community engagement. I'm a mediator, and I have worked in alternative dispute resolution (community mediation, industry disputes, etc) and community dialogue facilitation for the last few years. I currently work as a conciliator at the Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner. I hold a Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution) and a Bachelor of Arts (Islamic Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane.
In terms of LGBTIQ+ specific work and activities, here are a few of the things I've been involved over the years:
- Currently the Program manager for Wellington Pride Festival 2016
- Facilitator and organiser of the Queer Community Cafes, a series of community dialogues for the queer communities in Brisbane
- Youth support worker and volunteer for Open Doors Youth Service, Brisbane, a youth support service for gender and sexually diverse young people
- Volunteer support at the Centre communautaire des gais et lesbiennes de Montréal
- Involved in running the Queer Collective at the University of Queensland during my study years
- Research into the visibility and experiences of LGBTIQ+ Muslims as a final paper for my undergraduate studies
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa
My name is Daniel and I am a currently a Care and Protection Social Worker for Child, Youth and Family in Whangarei. A career I have pursued to bring positive change to society by walking alongside those in need of support. I have been a part of the PSA since I started with Child, Youth and Family in 2013.
Unions play a crucial role in helping every profession improve the quality of life around us. Firstly, by advocating for workers’ rights, unions afford us the best opportunity to reach our individual potential. Secondly, the collective spirit has the ability to ensure employers utilise their influence for positive social progress.
Last year I was awarded Social Worker of the Year as well as the Overall Award for Te Tai Tokerau. It was an honour to be recognised as an emerging leader and be given the opportunity to attend the 2015 Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.
This year I also attending the PSA Youth Leader’s Hui, which was an amazing experience, it was great being around so many like-minded people, who shared a similar passion. I believe that a lot of the skills, values and beliefs between Social Work and Unions align very closely, and I would like to be further involved in my union in whatever capacity that I am able to.
Ngā mihi nui
Rainbow Wellington is a group representing the interests of, and organising social functions and activities in the greater Wellington region.
We have strong links to the Council of Trade Unions' Out@Work network. Council meetings are held quarterly in Wellington. Please email us for details if you wish to attend.
Rainbow Youth is an Auckland-based organisation that provides support, information, advocacy and education.
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The gQ Network is an informal Wellington-based network government sector employees and their friends. gQ Network stands for `government Queer Network' sign up at email@example.com