George Berry joined the Sport Canterbury team as Communications and Engagement Advisor - Healthy Families Christchurch in November 2016.
Born and raised in Canterbury, George brings a wealth of national and international sports journalism experience to the team, including his most recent role with TVNZ.
Following an appointment by the Ministry of Health earlier this month, Sport Canterbury was established as the new lead provider for Healthy Families Christchurch.
According to Sport Canterbury Chief Executive Julyan Falloon: “Sport Canterbury has a unique opportunity to leverage our committed workforce currently embedded in these communities.
“George is a natural advocate for the Canterbury region, and will bring a certain inspiration to this role, given his belief in this region’s potential and the benefits of an active lifestyle.”
George and his wife chose to return home to Christchurch in 2013 to raise their young family.
“Working in sports and travelling the world for the past eight years, I can honestly say from a sport and recreation point of view, Canterbury has to be in the top five places to live in the world,” says George.
“Our access to outdoor recreation is unparalleled; our sporting representatives are inspiring, and it’s a promising environment for the next generation.”
About Healthy Families NZ
Following an appointment by the Ministry of Health in 2016, Sport Canterbury is the lead provider for Healthy Families Christchurch.
Healthy Families NZ currently focuses on 10 New Zealand communities, and is positively impacting the lives of over a million New Zealanders at present.
The Healthy Families Christchurch team is: Jill Borland (Manager), Naomi Tuipulotu (Community Activator), Losana Korovulavula and Nina Perez (Settings Coordinators), and George Berry (Communications and Engagement Advisor).
As with all Healthy Families NZ locations, the workforce of five full-time staff in Christchurch (Spreydon-Heathcote) will work with local leaders to create sustainable healthy change and to make healthy choices more accessible.