Rebecca (Becs) Parker
Becs was appointed as the first ambassador for Crohn’s and Colitis NZ by Lady Janine Mateparae in October 2015 at Government House. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in January 2010; and her younger brother diagnosed 5 years later. Having previously spent 8 years in the Police, Becs is now embarking on a new journey and completing a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. Once completed she plans to help people lead active and healthy lives.
Becs enjoys listening to music, being in nature, spending time with family and getting tattoos. She is married and has two young children.
To learn more about Becs’ story watch the video interview here https://youtu.be/RFEeMzfeoCg
Student & Junior Ambassador
Nicole Thornton is a resident in Lower Hutt and is well-known throughout the IBD community. In 2017 Nicole petitioned the government, at just 12 years of age, to mandate access to workplace toilets when a public toilet is not available for people with medical conditions. She continues to actively lobby Members of Parliament and has spoken countless times to the media and has testified in front of the Health Select Committee.
In December 2020 Nicole launched her “I Can’t Wait” campaign to ask workplaces to display a sticker in their windows indicating that their businesses honour CCNZ’s I Can’t Wait cards. The cards are available to any person with a medical condition who might urgently need a toilet. Her goal is to see these on business windows in every city and town throughout New Zealand.
Nicole, now 17, has attended all seven Camp Purples. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and riding her dirt bike.