Karen Stockmann, Community Advisor
Karen has been an advisor at Community Waikato since 2011. The areas she looks after are Waipa, Matamata-Piako, and Hamilton City. Prior to this Karen was self employed, providing facilitation, training and development support to individuals and organisations.
Karen trained as a teacher of people with learning disabilities at Tokanui Hospital in the mid-80’s and was part of the deinstitutionalisation movement in the late 80’s that saw people with disabilities return to their communities of origin. She was the Chairperson of Lifestyle Trust from 2005 until 2014. Karen has also spent many years involved in school governance.
Karen has a strong belief in social justice and the importance of creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to contribute and belong in ways which are meaningful to them, with a particular interest in empowerment through information and knowledge, experiences and relationships.
Born and raised in Te Awamutu in a dairy farming family. She has three daughters and a son.
Karen’s qualifications include Teaching (intellectual disability), Bachelor of Applied Management (Strategic) and a Graduate Diploma in Not-for-profit Management.