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Jessica Weller

Founder | The WELLer Network

 

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27, Jessica Weller is using her teaching and innovation skills, life experiences and drive to help inform young women in cancer education, awareness and patient advocacy.

This year she founded the WELLer Network to support conversations about health, wellbeing and the prevention and awareness of cancer for young New Zealanders. “As a designer, technologist and teacher, I am usually on the end of solving a problem, so I guess innovation has over time been built into my mindset,” she says.

 

“I knew I was an innovator, never an entrepreneur. But really, I am. I had an idea, I worked hard to bring to fruition, to deliver a message that can save lives.”

Weller was a Massey University Bachelor of Design graduate when she entered the University of Auckland’s College of Education Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching programme in 2010. The recipient of a TEACHNZ scholarship, she focused on using the skills she learned in her undergraduate degree to giving back and make a difference in the lives of young people.

After two years teaching textiles technology at Glen Eden Intermediate, she went to London on her OE in 2013. After four months, she was diagnosed with an uncommon form of aggressive breast cancer. She decided to stay in the UK to receive treatment, continued teaching fulltime and travelled around Europe.

Determined to make a difference for other young women, she became involved in patient advocacy and health promotion, spreading the self-checking message for a breast health education and awareness charity.

After being cleared of the disease and returning to New Zealand, Weller became more aware and concerned about gaps in cancer education for young New Zealanders. She decided to start an organisation supporting healthy conversations that can save lives.

The WELLer Network was created to educate young New Zealander’s about the prevention and awareness of cancer with the vision to significantly reduce the late diagnosis of cancer in young Kiwis. In 2017, it will launch educational programmes in girls’ high schools nationwide.

“I knew I was an innovator, never an entrepreneur. But really, I am. I had an idea, I worked hard to bring to fruition, to deliver a message that can save lives. It is a service of support and information that creates revenue for me to be able to keep spreading that message,” she says.

Jessica graduated from the University of Auckland with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).

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Jessica Weller

Founder | The WELLer Network

 

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27, Jessica Weller is using her teaching and innovation skills, life experiences and drive to help inform young women in cancer education, awareness and patient advocacy.

This year she founded the WELLer Network to support conversations about health, wellbeing and the prevention and awareness of cancer for young New Zealanders. “As a designer, technologist and teacher, I am usually on the end of solving a problem, so I guess innovation has over time been built into my mindset,” she says.

 

“I knew I was an innovator, never an entrepreneur. But really, I am. I had an idea, I worked hard to bring to fruition, to deliver a message that can save lives.”

Weller was a Massey University Bachelor of Design graduate when she entered the University of Auckland’s College of Education Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching programme in 2010. The recipient of a TEACHNZ scholarship, she focused on using the skills she learned in her undergraduate degree to giving back and make a difference in the lives of young people.

After two years teaching textiles technology at Glen Eden Intermediate, she went to London on her OE in 2013. After four months, she was diagnosed with an uncommon form of aggressive breast cancer. She decided to stay in the UK to receive treatment, continued teaching fulltime and travelled around Europe.

Determined to make a difference for other young women, she became involved in patient advocacy and health promotion, spreading the self-checking message for a breast health education and awareness charity.

After being cleared of the disease and returning to New Zealand, Weller became more aware and concerned about gaps in cancer education for young New Zealanders. She decided to start an organisation supporting healthy conversations that can save lives.

The WELLer Network was created to educate young New Zealander’s about the prevention and awareness of cancer with the vision to significantly reduce the late diagnosis of cancer in young Kiwis. In 2017, it will launch educational programmes in girls’ high schools nationwide.

“I knew I was an innovator, never an entrepreneur. But really, I am. I had an idea, I worked hard to bring to fruition, to deliver a message that can save lives. It is a service of support and information that creates revenue for me to be able to keep spreading that message,” she says.

Jessica graduated from the University of Auckland with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).

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