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Meredith Tourell

Meredith Tourell.

Contact Meredith: meredith@enlighteneducation.com

“Standing in front of a bunch of teens is one of my favourite things to do and I know that I must be real and authentic. It’s such a privilege to work with the future adults of the world, may they grow to be strong, healthy and proud of who they are.”

Meredith has been a presenter/facilitator for the past 15 years; her primary focus has been life skills and accelerated learning for eight to eighteen year-olds. In one way or another, Meredith has been speaking and performing in front of audiences for the past 30 years and feels completely at ease “on stage”.

Aged 14, a life-skills workshop sparked Meredith’s interest in self-development and from there she embarked on a journey of both personal and professional discovery. She knew from that point that she would have a career with young people. Having worked with teenagers from around the world, Meredith’s diversity of experience allows her clients to benefit from her knowledge of youth culture.

Meredith is trained in Accelerated Learning, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Group Dynamics, Outdoor Challenge Training and Communication and has a wide variety of skills to suit many audiences from young to the more mature. She is passionate about people learning effectively and reaching their goals easily, and ensures an ecological approach to transference of learning. Meredith is married, has two school-aged children and lives in Auckland.

* Enlighten Education New Zealand is independently owned and operated by Meredith Tourell.

Rachel Hansen

Rachel Hansen.

Master of Philosophy (Criminology), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) with First Class Honours (Psychology)

“Young women today live in a highly marketed, beauty-driven, fast-paced world. This is an exciting world, but one that is also very challenging. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with Enlighten. I love seeing the passion ignited in the girls as they realise their true worth and own beauty.”

Rachel is an accomplished educator and an engaging presenter with a real affinity for young women, who respond to her enthusiasm and humour. She has extensive experience in education, counselling and graduate recruitment.

In 2002 Rachel was the recipient of a Chevening Link scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge (UK). This scholarship is awarded to New Zealanders of outstanding merit. At Cambridge, Rachel completed a Masters thesis examining the needs of adolescent girls in custody. After completing her Masters, Rachel spent time coordinating the graduate recruitment program at an investment bank in the UK, working alongside the top European universities. She then began teaching senior high school psychology in London. She also taught Criminology at Cambridge University as part of The Oxbridge Academic Program, a summer school for high school students from around the world.

On returning home to New Zealand in 2006 Rachel worked as a high school guidance counsellor and sexuality education teacher, as well as a mentor for young women. Since becoming a mother in 2008, Rachel has become aware of the huge influence of the media and marketing on children. She is particularly passionate about the issue of the sexualisation of young people by the media and popular culture, and she often blogs on issues affecting young women.

Testimonials from local schools.

I was very impressed with Rachel’s relaxed and natural ability to present the programme to our Year 9 & 10 girls. Rachel’s presentation skills related really well with the girls and this is apparent through the girls’ assessment of the programme. The positive comments from the girls such as: “I learnt to think positively, enjoy life, look after my friends, everyone comes in different shapes & sizes, love my body & myself” are a credit to Rachel’s workshops. If we can teach girls some of these skills we can only enhance their confidence about life. It’s all about empowering the youth of today so they realise that life is not so bad and that they can use the skills taught in this course to get them through some of the tough times. I would highly recommend the Enlighten Education Programme to any school. Thanks Rachel.

From the sessions I observed and from the follow-up discussion with the girls, I feel this was an excellent program to be involved with. The presenters were passionate, engaging and appealing, and their relevant yet down-to-earth approach enabled a fantastic impact at both year levels. The girls’ feedback says it all!

Lots of practical advice – really useful. It was a great day, everyone enjoyed themselves and got a lot out of it. Many thanks.

I had the pleasure of seeing an up-to-date, relevant, fun, engaging and motivating program. The girls were engaged and into the whole day which is saying something. I gained a great refreshing way of interacting with my girls in the boarding house that I will be able to use immediately and every day, how great is that! You women rock, keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing it all again sometime!

This was a fantastic experience for the girls in our school. Four weeks after the event, at a Year-10 parent evening, parents were still commenting on how pleased they were that their daughters had this opportunity. Twenty-one days after the Enlighten Team were in our school the Year-10 group had a morning session; we focused this on Girl Caught and made a Wall of Fame and Wall of Shame. We also had cakes in the shape of butterflies to remind us to celebrate the beauty within us all. Throughout the year we will continue to carry on the themes discussed during the Enlighten program. Not only has this been helpful for Year 10 as a whole it has also given us ideas for working with girls higher up in the school. The saying ‘No girl gets left behind’ has been something we have discussed with Year 11-13. We have also highlighted to the girls as whole the influence of the media and being vigilant about the pressure and ideas they are trying to sell. You are a consumer and therefore have power by not buying magazines, etc., that portray women in a negative light.

Thank-you Kelly. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. After reading the evaluations and speaking to the students they obviously gained so much from them. Kelly was an excellent facilitator and the students responded well to her bubbly personality. Kelly was thoroughly professional in her dealings with the school and the students. We would warmly welcome her back in the school in the future to take more sessions.This was definitely a highlight of the term for the Year 10 girls.

Powerful and relevant workshops that inspired and enriched our young women’s lives. Highly recommend to all schools who value building strong relationships and self-esteem in their girls.

It was a fantastic programme delivered in a relaxed, interesting way. The students took on board the information given and some made an effort to change some of their negative behaviours. I would recommend this programme for other schools and would love to do this again next year.

Rachel set a great scene and her enthusiasm was infectious. The girls loved her and she was real. I enjoyed being part of the day and have reignited my passion for girls issues particularly around body image. We are sooo much more than a number, eg. weight, body measurement, dress size, etc.

Great information! Fantastic to have this program to enhance health courses at school. These topics are so important for our girls to debunk the media images portrayed and to have self-belief that they really are amazing.

I had nothing but positive feedback from my girls. It is great to realise that we are teaching our girls in a positive way.

We are very glad the student feedback is so good. We have had some emails from parents saying their girls really enjoyed it. We look forward to those far reaching impacts, which I am sure, will come. Your enthusiasm was fantastic; your energy enviable. Look forward to working with you again!

The workshops were delivered very professionally and you had the ability to capture each group very well. The students were fully engaged throughout the workshop and all involved and interested which was a credit to your presentation. They loved the diaries and in particular having the chance to write in other people’s dairies then in turn reading their own. Valuable lessons about thinking positive thoughts about themselves.

Rachel was a wonderful facilitator. She is such a strong role model for our students and shared a lot of her own story which had huge impact on the students. Rachel is extremely well qualified and I could have spent HOURS talking with her about the issues that are facing teenage girls in 2011. She is up to the minute with a thorough understanding of what’s going on for them. Her energy and enthusiasm were quite something, she gave the day her all. I truly appreciate all she did for the students at St Margaret’s College in what has been a difficult year. She helped our Year 9s finish 2011 on a high note!

The workshop was perfect. So interactive and valuable. The feedback received has all been positive, from staff, students and parents. This is something all young people should be a part of. Many many thanks for all the time and effort that went into such superb preparation and research.

This day met all my hopes and more for a dynamic paradigm shifting experience for our girls to have empowering alternative options away from the dominant discourses in which to position themselves. I intend to propose it as a regular event for Year 9.

This is a truly fantastic programme for our girls. We have not only been able to see the long term benefits of the programme but have also managed to keep the momentum of the programme going throughout the year and from my discussions with our Year 13 girls they still remember their Enlighten day (in 2009) and highlight this day as something very valuable. As a result of this programme we have made up our Own GirlRule card building on from the statement NO GIRL GETS LEFT BEHIND. We have also had very positive feedback from community police about this card.

The girls’ comments are detailed and thoughtful. Congratulations on such positive responses. Clearly the students were engaged throughout the workshop and, most importantly, you made them think about the issues raised.

The day was very well run. Rachel was a total professional in every way. The girls responded really well to her. During the day and 3-4 days later I asked lots of different students how they found the day. They were all very positive about it. I spoke to a range of different types of students too and they all got something valuable out of it. We will look at using Enlighten Education again. It was really worthwhile. It is a complete “day off’ for teachers too, which is 🙂

We have had nothing but positive comments from both girls and parents. The girls really responded to your style of presenting and your enthusiasm and energy so thanks for a great morning.

The girls (and I) had a great time. Meredith kept the girls engaged really well whether it was through journal making, playing “up to date” music to create the right atmosphere or just learning how to de-stress and calm ourselves. What stood out for most of the girls was the workshop ‘Love The Skin You’re In’. Seeing that even gorgeous models get photo shopped was a big eye-opener. Before the workshop a pre workshop questionnaire asked if the girls felt confident and beautiful. A staggering 74% said no. After the workshop was presented the same question was asked and 75% of the girls remarked that they now feel confident and beautiful. I would highly recommend this workshop for all Colleges and even Intermediates. I hope to invite you back sometime as I already have more girls come in and ask when the next workshop will be. Many thanks Rachel and Meredith for helping us show our girls they are gorgeous the way they are.

Feedback for CEO, Dannielle Miller's Parent Seminars - New Zealand.

Tonight was absolutely riveting. Thank you!

Thank you so much – you are truly enlightening and I am very excited for my daughter to spend the day with you tomorrow! What a gift you are giving to our girls – such a brilliant investment in their lives today and in the future.Thank you.

Great information! Fantastic to have this programme to enhance health courses at school. These topics are so important for our girls to debunk the media images portrayed and to have self-belief that they really are amazing.

I was blown away about some of the statistics. I wish this course was around when I was at school. I can’t wait for your book!

This stuff would be great for our younger daughter, as well as all younger girls.

Several days ago, I glanced at my 14-year old daughter and though how pretty she looked – I didn’t say anything. I will go home and tell her she is beautiful and that Dannielle alerted me to how important it is to say what I think.

I enjoyed it immensely; it reinforced a lot of my beliefs. It showed me that I am being a good mum!

A wonderful, albeit terrifying presentation, highlighting the problems our daughters are confronted with. Thank you so much for trying to make a difference!

Thank you for giving my daughter such a wonderful day to guide her through her life!

My granddaughter came home absolutely enthused by the work you did and she really wants to put your messages into action.

Thank you for reminding us how much we need to show our girls love! My daughter had the best day with you. You obviously made a huge impact on her thinking – thank you! Please come again!

This was a fantastic evening. Lots of food for thought. I would definitely attend another seminar.

Fantastic presentation! I loved it. Wish you had given your speech to everyone in New Zealand. Thank you so much.

Excellent presentation. I think this was an eye opener for all parents. Thank you on behalf of ourselves and our daughter – it was worthwhile for her.

My daughter attended your session on Tuesday and loved it. She spent all evening telling us every little detail. She was so full of enthusiasm. It was great. Thanks!

Our daughter came home buzzing – thanks!

You are very inspiring women with exceptional enthusiasm. It really made me cry and so glad to have a daughter who loves me and herself. Helped me understand my older daughter more as well! Excellent in combination with the in-school program. Top lady – go girl!

Absolutely fantastic! Some of the comments were such an eye opener. My daughter came home positive and loved every single minute. Thank you.

My daughter loved it and didn’t stop talking about the day. A very good evening, a delight to listen to, and I would have happily listened a lot longer. Will check out website for sure!

This was a great, entertaining, informative evening. It blows my mind what we take for granted – what our girls are bombarded with. Definitely lots to think about and act upon. Brilliant!

I love your work. For the sake of all of our girls, keep doing what you do best!

We spoke to our daughter this evening prior to this meeting and she was very inspired and excited about her experience today. Thank you Dannielle. We feel so privileged that the school she is at has chosen its girls to be a part of Enlighten Education!

What a great lady!

We're proud to work at these schools.

  • Aquinas College, Tauranga
  • Auckland Girls’ Grammar School, Auckland
  • Baradene College, Auckland
  • Chilton Saint James School, Lower Hutt, Wellington
  • Christchurch Girls’ High School, Christchurch
  • Columba College, Dunedin
  • Craighead Diocesan, Timaru
  • Dunstan High School, Alexandra, Central Otago
  • Forest View High School, Tokoroa
  • Heretaunga College, Upper Hutt
  • Iona College, Havelock North
  • James Cook High School, Manurewa, Auckland
  • Kapiti College, Paraparaumu
  • Kuranui College, Greytown
  • Maniototo Area School, Ranfurly, Central Otago
  • Matamata Intermediate, Matamata
  • Mount Maunganui College, Mount Maunganui
  • Nga Tawa Diocesan School, Marton
  • Onehunga School, Auckland
  • One Tree Hill College, Auckland
  • Oranga School, Auckland
  • Otumoetai College, Tauranga
  • Pinehurst School, North Shore, Auckland
  • Queen Margaret College, Wellington
  • Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch
  • Rangitikei College, Marton
  • Reporoa College, Waikato
  • Roncalli College, Timaru
  • Rotorua Lakes High School, Waikato
  • Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington
  • Selwyn House, Christchurch
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara, Auckland
  • Spotswood College, New Plymouth
  • St Andrew’s College, Christchurch
  • St John The Evangelist School, Otara, Auckland
  • St Margaret’s College, Christchurch
  • Tararua College, Pahiatua
  • Tauhara College, Taupo
  • Tauranga Girls’ College, Tauranga
  • Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga
  • Tauroroa Area School, Whangarei
  • Te Papapa School, Onehunga, Auckland
  • Timaru Girls High School, Timaru
  • Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Hamilton
  • Waitaki Girls’ High School, Oamaru
  • Wellington Girls’ College, Wellington
  • Woodford House, Havelock North