Family is all, says trust’s new leader
Becoming a father also proved to be a turning point in Dane Haskell’s career.
Haskell is the new face of the Taranaki Safe Families Trust (TSFT) after taking over the coordinator’s job on October 1.
TSFT has been in operation since 2008 and is a collaborative venture made up of 26 services around Taranaki which work in the field of family violence prevention.
Before taking on his new role, Haskell was the course facilitator at New Plymouth’s Starfish project, which offers alternative education to young people who are not able to attend mainstream schooling.
Along with the education, Haskell helped teach the project’s 12 students life skills, such as budgeting, building healthy relationships and getting ready for work.
He said the role, which he took on after working for 12 years in the retail sector, had been challenging but hugely rewarding.
His switch from sales to the social services sector coincided with becoming a father. Haskell is married and the father of two girls, aged 4 and 6.
‘‘I’m at that stage now where family is everything,’’ he said. ‘‘I’d much rather be doing a job that I believe is helping out my
‘‘Family is everything. I’d much rather be doing a job that I believe is helping out my community.’’ Dane Haskell, of Taranaki Safe Families
While not necessarily breaking new ground as the first man to take on the coordinator role at TSFT – Callum Williamson held the job previously – Haskell said he was humbled by getting the job and committed to doing what he could to help stop family violence.
‘‘It’s an easy message to get behind. We all know it’s a massive, massive issue in New Zealand,’’ Haskell said.
Katy Wilson, who was previously in the role of co-ordinator, left at the end of March and founding TSFT member Mary Beaumont had been managing the organisation in the intervening six months.
She welcomed Haskell’s appointment. ‘‘The co-ordinator is a critical position in the organisation.’’