Harnessing decades of service to menstrual education the Chalice Foundation was created to gather and channel the expertise of educators and to promote menstrual wellbeing, quality menstrual education and above all a positive menstrual culture. 

Today, as we celebrate a rising tide of menstrual awareness, menstrual activism and widely-available menstrual education for all, we look forward to these becoming key features of all gender equity actions, public health initiatives, workplace and social policy, as well as life-long education. 

Chalice Foundation Directors

Jane Bennett is the founder of the Chalice Foundation and a social worker, researcher, writer and educator with nearly 40 years in practice. After experiencing the revelations of Natural Fertility Management in the mid-1980s Jane began working as a Natural Fertility Management counsellor, then trainer and later authoring The Natural Fertility Management Kits with Francesca Naish. Jane launched Celebration Day for Girls in 2000, Cool on the Inside in 2002, Fathers Celebrating Daughters in 2004 and Mense-Ed in 2016. Jane co-created The Rite Journey girl’s Year 9 program, and continue’s her long-standing role with Natural Fertility Management. Jane is the author of A Blessing Not a Curse and Girltopia, and co-author of About Bloody Time – The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have, Woman Wise Conversation CardsThe Complete Guide to Optimum ConceptionThe Natural Fertility Management Contraception Kit  and The Pill – Are You Sure It’s for You?, and is eternally passionate about nourishing healthy curiosity and best-practice self-care for women and girls.

Sam Slicer is a renowned architectural photographer and a leading figure in the development of the Australian 3D architectural visualisation industry. A pioneer in the field from the 90s, she co-founded and ran successful commercial architectural visualisation company, FloodSlicer. In mid-2016 she transitioned out of FloodSlicer to pursue personal and collaborative art projects. As the mother of two daughters who have attended Celebration Day for Girls Sam is deeply interested in how we educate young women about their menstrual cycle.

Stella Clifford has extensive experience in business and sustainable agriculture, with qualifications in industrial relations, marketing and event management. Stella was named Runner-up of the 2013 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award (Victoria) and is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Stella is the mother of daughters, has also attend Celebration Day for Girls as well as the Celebration Day for Girls Facilitator Training, and is a passionate champion of menstrual wellbeing.

Angela Fraser has over 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist with clinical work across a range of environments from Paediatric, Vocational Rehabilitation to Specialist Palliative Care. Her diverse expertise working in the both the public and private sector from employment to managing director of her company, alongside her passion for women’s health, drives her vision of expanding the reaches of the Positive Menstrual Culture throughout Aotearoa. Angela is also a published author of children’s fiction promoting the importance of positive menarche (first period) experiences for girls. 

Having trained under the thought leaders in the world in Menstrual Education, Jane Bennett, (A Celebration Day for Girls); and Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo-Wurlitzer, (Red School Online), since 2015, Angela has developed the delivery and expansion of the Programmes ‘A Celebration Day for Girls’ and ‘Fathers Celebrating Daughters’, in Aotearoa. She coordinates and presents the training of New Zealand Facilitators that equips trainees to provide these programmes nationwide.

Angela co-founded, and is Chairperson of the Trust Board of Chalice Foundation New Zealand, a Registered Charitable Trust devoted to providing; Inclusive and accessible menstrual education, Professional development for menstrual educators, and, Promotion of resources, events and research, around concepts of menstrual cycle awareness, menstrual wellbeing, body literacy and positive menstrual educationacross communities.

Chalice Foundation structure

The Chalice Foundation was established in 2017 as a not-for-profit social enterprise (company limited by guarantee). All profits from activities remain within the organisation to further support the Chalice Foundation mission to promote a positive menstrual culture for the benefit of us all.