Sophie Handford
Sophie Handford was born in Paekakariki, a small seaside village, 45km north of Wellington. The village is home to a diverse community which includes artists, musicians and passionate activists. Sophie attended a small school in the village and went on to Kāpiti College. At college, Sophie was involved with environmental activism groups and general service. In her final year, she was elected Head Girl. In 2018, Sophie co-organized an Environmental Summit for Youth in her region. She organized speakers and workshops which engaged students from across the area. Next year, she is a Youth Ambassador for World Vision and is part of the Wellington Forest & Bird Youth Council. She has a passion for changing the world for the better and getting as many people as possible involved to help out! Having grown up beside the sea, the sea water is in her blood. From her home, she can see Kapiti Island which has a marine reserve around it, protecting the sea life. Sophie is passionate about water quality and the creatures that live in our oceans.