Leanne White Secretary

Leanne is a trained counsellor who has worked in a variety of roles over the past 9 years and is currently employed by the Problem Gambling Foundation with a specialty role working with corrections clients and their families/whanau. This has been born out of her own lived experience and as a past client of the Familial Trust Leanne has a huge desire to assist other family memebrs to find wellness.Leanne was born in Australia and moved to Christchurch at one year of age, is the proud mother of Alex and Charlotte.Leanne enjoys travel and experiencing other cultures, the beautiful New Zealand countryside, BBQs, walking her wonderful bulldogs along the beach and good company.

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Karen Watson Trustee

Karen is the founder and clinical manager of the Familial Trust, her vision for the trust spans over the 17 years of service and continues to be a driving force in providing new and better services. She has originated and delivered 75 Intensive Outpatient programmes and together with Emma Peek and Rosalie Dyksma developed and run many of the Children’s programmes,  and continues to work one on one with clients as they present at the service. 
Karen is trained in Alcohol and Drug counselling and youth work.  She is a DAPAANZ registered practitioner and qualified supervisor.
“It is through my own personal journey and experience that the idea of the trust first came about, “a safe place for families of addicts to come, whether the addict in their lives is ready to access help or not”.  I am so proud of what we have all achieved as a team, the staff are amazing and I am grateful to have them all on board, they make the work fun and supportive.”
Karen is married to Graeme and has three children and six grandchildren.  She was born in Christchurch New Zealand.  Karen loves to be creative and is often seen sitting knitting at night and spends a lot of time in the kitchen cooking scrumptious food for her family and friends.  She also loves music movies and good coffee with friends.





Don Warnes Trustee

Ko Aoraki Te Mauka

Ko Waitaki Te awa

Ko Taki timu ta waka

Ko Horomoana Pohio Te tangata

Ko Kati Mamoe,Waitaha,Kai Tahu Te Iwi

No Arowhenua,Rapaki Te Hapu

Ko Werimu Tuna Pohio Rickus toko tepuna matua

Ko Jean Ngamaturangi Tau toko tepuna Whaia

Ko Derrick John Edward Warnes toko papa

Ko Gertrude April Mamae Warnes/née Rickus toko mama

Ko Don toko in Ingoa

I was born in Paraparaumu Wellington and married at 20 having 2 sons and 7 moko who live in Tauranga where I spent much of my early adult years working in the forestry and fishing Industry. After moving back to Wellington in 2002 where I worked in the building industry I moved to Christchurch in 2010.

Alcohol had always been been part of my life and caused many problems, I was unable to see this at the time. In 2010  I knew something had to change I knew how to survive I didn't know how to live it was then that I looked at my life and the part played by addiction I chose life and so began a journey of recovery that I am still on today. Part of this journey bought me into contact with the Familial Trust and I am very grateful for the support and learnings that I gained by attending counselling and programmes provided by this unique service.

It is an honour to become a board member of the Familial Trust and to be able to give back and to assist the agency to carry out its mission.

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Cameron Russell


Children and Young Persons Representative 

Cameron Joined the Familial Trust Trust nine years ago to be a children's’ group leader.
He is passionate about providing fun and safe environments for young people, and in the past has been a Youth Advisor for the Ministry of Youth Development; Cameron cares deeply about the success of young people. Cameron works as Primary School Teacher.
“The Familial Trust has profoundly impacted my life. People always talk about the addicts recovery, but really, to me, the most important recovery there is, is for the highly vulnerable family members, who are not using, yet.”
Cameron wants to bring good governance and improved access to services. He also wants to raise the profile of the services that are on offer, so young people are not missing out. “I know that every time a young person walks through our door, their recovery begins, and that, is a beautiful thing.” 

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