Every so often, one meets an extraordinary person with an extraordinary vision.
Today we met one: Olivier Lacoua, General Manager CQ Hotels Wellington.
has demonstrated through loud actions how he supports social inclusion
initiatives. In the photo below we remember how we met at the Attitude
Awards last December, where I was a finalist.
As a French Foreign Trade Advisor, Olivier was also honored in
by the French Government as Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite -
Knight of the National Order of Merit of France. Olivier is keen to help
tell this joint French-New Zealand story.
Olivier is keen to support disabled artists - he has exhibitions and VIP events for them - he was thrilled to see that I put my ideas into a book and that the UNESCO supported me in my work. He will offer the Changing the World book to his foreign VIP visitors - to showcase some New Zealand art!! I am stoked to know that the book will not only help disabled families' future dreams but also in some way be a little part of New Zealand that people take back home with them!!
Olivier introduced me to the French Embassy Cultural Attache to open a dialogue on how more organisations can help disseminate this message. La suite au prochain numero!!