Antoinette Hubbard’s Story: Ordinary People Making a Positive Difference

This is one of many stories from a wide variety of sources and a multitude of forms contributed by people upon request for my 70th birthday.   They will be posted without editing, with the attribution that was with them.  I will be posting these regularly until they run out next year sometime: if you have others to add, please send them to me.

I met Kristina on the plane coming back from NZ in July.  We started to talk and not only does she do this wonderful work, she is also the director here in NZ of a program called Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, which, to be “serendipitous”, was highly supported in its beginnings and still is, by my daughter’s father-in-law, Michael Maccoby.  And she had volunteered in the Dominican Republic and was well acquainted with the goddaughter that I have supported for several years now.  Talk about a small world. 

Kristina Cavit, MNZM

Kristina is the Founder & Director of The Kindness Institute. She has spent the past 9 years working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma in New Zealand and around the world. She has trained with world leading organisations including Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness through the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, The Holistic Life Foundation, supported by Harvard and John Hopkins Medical School, and The Institute of The Work of Byron Katie.

Kristina is also the founder of NPH New Zealand, which supports almost 4,000 orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. She lived at the NPH home in the Dominican Republic for two years in management, education and development. In 2018 Kristina was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to youth and community. Kristina has been nominated for Young New Zealander of The Year 2018, received a Kiwibank Local Hero Award for her work in 2014 and a Womens Fund 2018 Champion of Change award.

Kristina is an experienced and dynamic public speaker and delivers inspirational talks to support people to explore mindful leadership, stress management, volunteerism and social change. 

As a Mindfulness educator and coach, Kristina is passionate about sharing practical strategies on how each of us can manage stress. Her point of difference is her ability to make challenging concepts accessible, highly engaging, transformative and fun. Based in Auckland, Kristina works with clients globally via Skype and all around New Zealand.

About jofacilitator

On Sept 1, 2020, I celebrated 50 years of work with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, facilitating meetings, groups, communities, and organizations, making it possible for ordinary people to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. I retired on December 31, 2021, but still volunteer with the organization.
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