Rhys Smith | Manager & Lead Youth Worker
With a decade of frontline experience working alongside young people, throughout many different parts of the world; including previously living and working as a Youth Worker in Queenstown, living for many years in the USA & Canada and also travelling to countries such as Mexico, Hawaii, Indonesia and more.
Rhys has relocated to Cromwell from his birth place of Sydney, Australia and has been supporting the ongoing growth of Cromwell Youth Trust since early 2019.
Rhys’ mission is to ensure CYT is the cornerstone of youth services throughout New Zealand by providing a wide range of youth driven services that eliminate barriers for all tamariki and rangatahi too take part.
Rhys is a big ‘kid’ at heart and brings along a passion which he hopes translates to the CYT organisation and the Cromwell community to enable our local youth to be supported holistically and feel they have a strong network of positive youth development experiences.
Fran Dustin | Youth Worker & Adventure Coach
Fran was born in the Bay of Plenty but spent her youth living in various parts of the country, including Cromwell. Fran travelled the world and found a passion for working with children. Attending Dunedin College of Education and becoming a primary school teacher where she held teaching positions here in New Zealand but also in Tripoli, Libya and Government schools in Abu Dhabi.
During this time, she has traveled to over 50 countries and some highlights during those travels are; trekking with gorillas in Uganda, walking with lions in Zimbabwe, Muay Thai training camps in Thailand, 3 week yoga/ayurveda retreat in Sri Lanka and meeting people from all over the world.
Over the years Fran has studied various modalities to help not only her own personal journey, but also to help others with theirs. Fran is a personal trainer, yoga therapist and mindfulness teacher as well as a reiki practitioner. She has used these skills to develop a wellness programme that has helped people take control of their mental, emotional and physical well-being and hopes to be able to share these skills with the youth of Cromwell.
After living overseas for 15 years she is excited to once again call Cromwell home and to be involved with the community. It is a very special place to grow up and she hopes to be a part of that experience for the youth of Cromwell.
Samantha ‘Sammie’ Imrie | Youth Worker
Growing up in the busy suburbs of Southeast Melbourne Victoria, Samantha has crossed the borders and has returned to New Zealand; previously working in Queenstown.
Sammie’s return to New Zealand was driven through her dedication and passion working and supporting youth.
With qualifications in Outdoor Recreation and Guiding she seeks adventure and has a passion for empowering young people. Sammies experience has taken her from working with young people at Trails End Camp in America and guiding diverse groups of young people in outdoor adventures along the Mornington Peninsula.
In her spare time Samantha enjoys cross country running, hiking, free diving and has recently started snowboarding. She’s full of energy but enjoys reading with a hot cup of coffee.
Samantha is excited to support and empower the youth in Cromwell. She knows the importance of being a part of a community and providing an inclusive environment for everyone.
Allie | Youth ‘Dog’ Worker
Hi, my name is Allie and I am the one really in charge here at Cromwell Youth Trust. My dad, Rhys, thinks he is the boss but I am the one who knows everything about how to get the best from young people and adults as well. You will always find me at The Hangout everyday where I give the best cuddles and where I like to play games with all my cool friends who come by!
I love meeting new people and am really kind and gentle – so if you come by please come and say hello and give me a pat. Otherwise you will sometimes see me hanging outside enjoying the sun.