Pasifika Success leader tapped for Commonwealth LGBTI representative role

27 June 2016

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Tim Baice

Pasifika Success Coordinator Tim Baice has been appointed as representative for LGBTI populations on the Special Interests Group Standing Committee for the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC).

CYC is the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation in the world. It is the recognized voice of more than 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth.

The representative’s role entails “engaging and connecting with rainbow groups across the region such as the Pacific Sexuality Diversity Network, Pacific Youth Councils and other existing organisations to promote their work and to make connections to the broader agenda of the Commonwealth”.

Tim’s appointment is for 18 months beginning on 26 June 2016.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity! It will enable me to work with diverse communities, groups and organisations in our common cause to see our people succeed in their lives and ensure that those most at risk or marginalised are supported, seen, appreciated and can progress,” says Tim.

Tim has certainly been making his mark with his contributions to youth development work in Oceania. In March, he was elected as Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania for One Young World, a global organization of young leaders, based in the United Kingdom.

Tim’s international responsibilities couldn’t be more aligned with his current role at the faculty of promoting youth empowerment and equity and supporting Pacific students in their academic journeys.

“This will help inform my practice at Pasifika Success and the University in terms of how we can support different groups within the broader Pasifika label and connecting to broader conversations – learning and sharing from best practices from around the Commonwealth.

“Professionally, this has helped to expand my networks internationally and given me a range of resources, contacts, ideas and values which I can draw upon to inform and help progress my work and practice around enhancing outcomes for young people.

Tim first got involved in One Young World last year, when he was awarded the All Bar None Scholarship to attend the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2015. The contestable scholarship had 4,000 applications and was awarded to 120 youth leaders from across the globe.

“My manager, Associate Dean Pasifika Dr Tanya Wendt Samu wrote a reference letter talking about my work here at Pasifka Success. Both the Dean (Professor Graeme Aitken) and my Head of School (Associate Professor Carol Mutch) have been supportive and see this as part of building my international profile.”

A highlight of the Bangkok summit was the CallonCOP campaign, in which young people from around the world called on world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) meeting in Paris to recogonise the impacts of climate change on our respective areas of the world.

Prior to the summit, Tim has already been a Pacific youth leader in the international arena. He was part of the organising task force committee charged with hosting the Commonwealth Pacific Region Youth Leaders Forum (CPRYLF) and Commonwealth Pacific Youth Ministers Meeting (CPYMM) in Samoa in September 2015.

He chaired the session on climate change in developing the Youth Leaders’ Statement and worked with members of the Samoa National Youth Council (SNYC) to advance the interests of rainbow Pacific peoples and to ensure that these were reflected in a regional focus with support from the Commonwealth.

Now, as the coordinating ambassador for CYC, Tim holds regular online consultations with other Oceanic Ambassadors to discuss issues across the region and is organising a caucus meeting for Oceanic Ambassadors, which will take place from 4-8 July in Samoa. He will also be attending the annual One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada later this year.

“I hope to be able to bring more clarity, direction and structure in this field of advocacy for special interest groups across Oceania. I also hope that I can be a useful ambassador for both the Commonwealth and One Young World and to mobilise people to support existing initiatives and to celebrate the contribution young people make towards advancing development, advancing people, and advancing our societies/region.”