Maree Shalders was given a surprise today, with an anniversary celebration for her 20 years of service managing Nelson's alternative education programme, Youth Nelson. Previous Youth Nelson graduates, colleagues, community members and current students and staff gathered to celebrate the positive contribution she has made to youth in Nelson over a 20 year span.
Maree Shalders has been manager of Youth Nelson for 20 years. The organisation is an alternative education provider for young people excluded from mainstream schools.
Youth Nelson has helped more than 500 young people get back into education and contribute positively to the community.
Maree was also chair of the Youth and Community Trust for five years and a team member of adventure training programme CACTUS. She is currently a member of Nelson City Council's youth sector leadership team.