Meet The Exec
Chairperson of Tairawhiti Community Voice. I have been involved with St John for 40 years in a variety of roles, and with a number of other community organisations over that time as well. I first became involved with TCV 15 years ago and have been a part of the Committee for the last 5 years. I am currently volunteering for Stroke Tairawhiti.
Currently a Service Manager for Idea Services overseeing residential and vocational support for adults with intellectual disabilities. I have been in the role for 9 years. Almost a local, I came to Gisborne as a 20 year old and have had extensive employment and involvement in government, local government, youth, sporting and emergency services in our community over the last 45 years. I am involved in TCV because I believe that we have a stronger voice as a network rather than individual groups and that we can make things easier for each other by working together.
My introduction to Tairawhiti Community Voice (TCV) was as a nominee for the Nan Evans Award in 2012 by The Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society, who then nominated me as their representative on the Executive Committee. In 2015, I was co-opted onto our umbrella organisation Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) and then served on their Executive Committee in 2016 for a term of 2 years. In 2018, I joined Arohaina Centre as a volunteer
Together we can have a voice for our people.
I work for Tairawhiti Age Concern and have been involved with this organisation for over three years. I love being able to help the elderly and pass on knowledge I’ve gained. In the past I’ve worked mainly in administration roles but also retail and pack houses and enjoy meeting people of all ages. I am a member of TCV executive. Volunteering came to me as soon as I left school when I was asked to be a club secretary and have been volunteering ever since for all sorts of organisations; rural, travel, sporting and marshalling at events.
Employment Consultant for Workbridge East Coast. I believe that together we can create a more inclusive New Zealand. This will my third year on the TCV Executive Committee
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I am the manager of Alzheimers Gisborne Tairāwhiti. We are a service providing support and advice for people with all forms of dementia and their families. Our aim is to make this community as dementia friendly as possible. That is why, being part of a networking organisation such as TCV is so invaluable for us. It provides with a platform for us to interact with services similar to ours, share ideas and concerns and generally work together for the benefit of vulnerable people in Gisborne Tairāwhiti.