Holly Snape, Chief ExecutiveJ.P.
Community wellbeing has been my driving force for more than a decade. I believe in being informed about what is impacting our community so that we can apply creative solutions to local problems. Community development and community wellbeing are high priorities which we can enhance together by engaging in measures to address social, economic and environmental needs.
I have lived in Hamilton since 1994, originally coming to the Waikato to complete a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences. Following that, I was awarded a Waikato University scholarship which allowed me to complete a Master of Social Sciences degree. While studying, I worked as the Coordinating Tutor for the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and also as the Tutor for International Students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
My first community role was as Manager of a community house in Melville in 2004. In this role I was committed to engaging the community and seeking their input into developing proactive programmes that genuinely promoted community wellbeing. We also worked hard to establish a robust and transparent financial position. Since then all my work - both voluntary and paid - has been in the community sector in various capacities, from training dogs to digital literacy, from mental health to access radio. I also continue to provide guest lectures at Waikato University because I see real value in informing students about the value of the work we undertake in this often invisible sector.
I value my health and walk regularly, ride a bicycle for both transport and recreation, and play indoor netball. I am sure that these activities contribute to my positive outlook and congenial disposition! I have a great passion for people, animals and social justice. I intend to use those passions to sustain my commitment to participating effectively in my community.