EVENT RECAP: Coffee & Jam #222

At this session, Ministry of Awesome shared some exciting news with the introduction of our new Chief Awesome Officer (CAO) Marian Johnson and our second speaker was Izzie Guo bringing us a talk about welcoming international students to Christchurch.

Speaker One: Marian Johnson (New CAO)

Welcome to our new CAO who introduced herself by sharing some of her background growing up abroad, her career history and how she came to Christchurch. How she felt the earthquake aftermath created a clear call of optimism and that our ‘risky city’ started attracting risk-takers. With a very personal approach we were introduced to Marian and we look forward to her joining our team at Ministry of Awesome.

Speaker Two: Izzie Guo (Student Experience Co-Ordinator at Christchurch Educated)

Izzie Guo came to talk about how international students are welcomed in Christchurch, as a Student Experience Co-Ordinator at Christchurch Educated which is part of the Canterbury International Education Destination 2025: Strategy Leadership Accord. Have attracted Student Ambassadors acting as International Student Leaders who participate in volunteering events that help international students interact with the local community. She is wanting to “connect people, and students with fun events.” There was discussion about how previous international students have reacted to Christchurch and she reached out to the group for any relevant information or community groups which could help give her international students meet more local people and have a more ‘Kiwi experience’.


Andrew from Flip Out Christchurch located in Bromley is looking to build a new dance studio/space and is searching for input from anyone who has experience building dance studios. If you are interested and want to help please contact him at: christchurch@flipout.co.nz

Linda is a qualified healing therapist and has started her business Healing Embrace, she focuses on holistic healing, individual or group healing and she runs a Women’s Circle. If you are interested, you can email her at: linda.dowsett@healingembrace.co.nz

Joshua Nathan is from the 0800 Hungry organisation New Zealand’s largest foodbank and he is calling for an urgent need for donations. If you are interested in supporting this cause. Visit the website here: 0800hungry.org and donate here: 0800hungry.org/event.htm  

Chris is looking for generic work. Get in touch via his email: cjmcc@clear.net.nz

Steven Moe has written a Social Entrepreneurship Legal Handbook, which will be released soon and available for free. If you are interested, you can mail him at stevenmoe@parryfield.com. 

Angus Whitehead is looking for a job in software engineering and development opportunities. You can mail him at anguswhitehead@me.com or give him a call at 0226092740.

The PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 23: Purpose. Is warming up the stage for Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 as part of the Transitional City Stream. Our speakers will be exploring their purpose, their reason for doing what they do and their creative processes. If you are interested in attending please visit the Eventfinda page here.  


Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurially-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, meet people, learn and share in a creative space, hear about other events in Christchurch and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Gina at gina@ministryofawesome.com.