David Ivory, St John’s College, Hastings

David is an economics teacher at a high school in Hastings, St John’s College. Outside the classroom, he runs a social enterprise comprising students from different year levels. They work in lunchtimes and after school, including at weekends, to make a difference in the community through social justice.

The social enterprise is called BRUTHAS. A recent initiative involved engaging inmates at Hawkes Bay Regional Prison to make Just Boards. These are bread boards made from rimu which interlock or can be used separately. The Just Boards were sold and profits donated to charity. He has also facilitated peer to peer literacy and numeracy skills. Other initiatives focus on mental health, and working with migrant workers. This marginalised group are often alienated and without support.

David has been instrumental in connecting key people in the community to make the social enterprise a success. He mentors students to develop their business skills and support the community with worthwhile projects. He seeks engagement with the marginalised in our community, striving to make a difference and creating a community that is connected and sustainable.