I’m a registered social worker who has specialised in education, community development and mental health, although in my early years I did my fair share of farm, factory and commercial cleaning. Family and community are very important to me. I’m a mother, daughter, sister, auntie, grand-mother and great grandmother. I have a handful of very close friends who I call my chosen family. I believe, that whatever our age we are part of a community, and that each of us has a unique contribution to make to our whanau, friends, employers, neighbourhoods and communities; local and global.
Throughout my life, whenever I’ve seen a community need that I felt passionate about, I’ve responded by engaging with local communities and developed services which have met the need. I would be happy to tell you more!
I turned 65 in 2018, the traditional age of retirement in New Zealand? I don’t intend, however to retire from life! Like many people my age or older I am keen to make my employment work for me, while actively looking for ways to remain and be creative, to continue to learn, to connect with and serve others. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, pot plants, crafts, clogging, cards, reading and music.
I have also ventured out penning some of my ideas! Read about it from the June 2018 Mud Cakes & Roses!