Meet the Education Team

Pascale Parenteau – Education, Community and Accessibility Manager

A French-Canadian living in New Zealand since the early 90s, Pascale holds a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from McGill University (Montréal). Initially a freelance violinist performing with Orchestra Wellington, the APO and the NZSO, she has been employed in arts and education management for over twenty years, including as National Youth Orchestra Manager and Education & Community Programme Coordinator for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She joined the RNZB as Education, Community & Accessibility Manager in 2014.

She is the driving force behind the current RNZB education offering, including the ground-breaking accessibility and inclusion programme. Her achievements in the field have been recognized through numerous awards, including the 2019 Wellington City Council’s Accessibility Champion award, the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand’s 2019 Blind Bit of Difference award, and the 2019 Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts for All award.

Pascale currently represents the lower North Island on the board of Parents of Vision Impaired (NZ) Inc and since 2016, she has also been involved with Special Olympics New Zealand as a volunteer and as Wellington’s committee member representing Equestrian.

Recognized as a leader in the accessibility sector, Pascale is frequently called on to advise other arts organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand.

RNZB-182 For the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

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