Dr Vicky Forgie has been an integral part of the establishment, development and governance of the Manawatū River Source to Sea (S2S) Collective which has gone from strength to strength in the last three years delivering two high level projects; The Plastic Pollution Challenge (which she was involved in the establishment and execution of) and the Southern Ruahine Kiwi Habitat Restoration Project (which she is secretary of and which she manages the Traps for Presents initiative for). Vicky is part of the the 3-person management committee who oversees S2S and all its projects and who works with the challenge that is ensuring the recognition and high reputation of S2S as an entity and delivering outcomes that benefit our community and safeguard our amazing environment for the future.

Vicky’s incredible organizational skills, firm focus, ability to multitask (and get her hands dirty in the field to boot!) have helped staff, member groups, volunteers and projects alike flourish and grow. Vicky does an incredible amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work from writing minutes, coordinating submissions and supporting funding applications to answering a myriad of daily questions linking to her governance role.

Vicky says: “I enjoy working with people who are committed to on-the-ground action to make our lives better. The work of the Manawatū River Source to Sea  member groups, and the diversity of projects, is really contributing to positive change in our region.”