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About us

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We are here for people with disability, aged adults, whãnau, and the Canterbury community.

Serving the Canterbury community since 1982, Aspire provides free disability information and advice, and access to resources that enable disabled people, and people with impairments to live their best life.

Our Vision

Our vision

To enable people with a disability or impairments, to live their best life with freedom and independence, while enhancing mana and maintaining connections with whanau and their community.

Live the life you aspire to

Our purpose

Provide trusted information, products, and associated services to people with disabilities and impairments, their whānau and professionals within health and other related services. We remove barriers and enable people to live the life they aspire to.

Meet our team

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    Chris Davis

    Chief Executive

    Chris was born in Christchurch and grew up in Blenheim. He is a father of three and is married to Maria. Chris joined Aspire in 2024 as Chief Executive coming from a role as GM South Island with Stroke Foundation. Chris has worked in leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector for many years across a range of health, disability, social services, education and development organisations. These roles have been with Stroke Foundation, Ngai Tahu, Graeme Dingle Foundation and World Vision. Chris is a keen trail runner and loves getting out onto trails across the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula.

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    Mel Frazer

    Information and Community Coordinator

    Mel was born in Christchurch. Married with 2 children, she lives on a lifestyle block with cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and a dog. In her spare time, you can find her on her lifestyle block, out boating and spending time with friends and family. Mel’s background includes being a carer for a disabled lady, retail and reception. Mel's ability to truly listen to people and understand their barriers means Mel gets awesome results for people by providing information and in-depth knowledge of our mobility range. Mel's grounded approach is a calming influence.

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    Elaine Moon

    Information and Community Coordinator

    Elaine was born in Canterbury. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, rockhounding, walking, gardening and going to the gym. Elaine understands the importance of people being able to access their community, ensuring they live an active life for physical and mental well-being. Elaine is helpful and giving of information to ensure you get a good result.

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    Amy Coët

    Information and Community Coordinator

    Currently studying towards a master's in psychology, Amy is also a Mum of 2 fun filled and active children, a wife, and a caring and dedicated hard worker. With a passion for enabling people to live their good life, Amy is a solution focused thinker with a pragmatic approach.

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    Oumou McAra

    Information & Community Coordinator

    Born in Scotland and raised in Tanzania, Oumou has been living in Christchurch since 2023 following a career as a qualified children's social worker in Aberdeen. She loves experiencing what the outdoors has to offer while heartily supporting Arsenal FC on the field. She's a calm and dedicated worker who has a strong passion in social change and ensuring that people are able to access the support they need to live their very best life.

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    Awesome Volunteer

Our board

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  • Martin Zelas

    Vice Chair

  • David Meates


  • Hamish Taylor


  • Teresa Hoult



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