Fam­ily is all, says trust’s new leader

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Deena Coster deena.coster@stuff.co.nz

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

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com­mu­nity.’’

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.’’

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