I am a Masterton kid, born and bred. After working in Wellington
I left the building industry to go on the big OE (overseas experience)
for a year, but actually returning some twelve years later with a
Hungarian husband. We have three children, a girl and two boys.
While my parents still live in Masterton, my decendents hail from
Poland, (Siemonek) Scotland, (McCrae) England (Smith) and of course
Christchurch area of New Zealand (Keats and King). My grandfathers
were both one of 12 children and my parents the youngest of six so as
my husband found we can actually travel from one end of New Zealand
to the other staying with the relatives (if we so wished) and family
occasions are many and varied.
I love my job which is assisting people with any disability to participate
in education, sport and social organizations and/or voluntary and
paid employment. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors
(especially the vegetable garden), home renovations, sewing and
spending time with family and friends. I am currently doing some study,
and as well as helping out at schools, I am also involved with some
community groups and committees.
Kia ora koutou katoa
My name is Tracey Towns and it has been my privilege to work at Supporting Families as Manager since
2007. I am Wairarapa born and bred and my whanau come from England and Bermuda and travelled
to Aotearoa in the mid 1800's. I have two sons who whakapapa to Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Psychology, a background in management and my interest in
mental health stems from a family member who developed a major mental illness. I believe families and
whanau are best placed to identify their own goals and sometimes just need some support to get there.
I also believe we need to develop and maintain quality services that are inclusive and responsive to the
needs of those who use them.
My name is Jenny Murphy and I originally hail from Auckland. I moved initially to Wellington for my job and then onto the Wairarapa where I have been living for the past 13 years. I love the Wairarapa and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I have a seventeen year old son who lives with me at my home and attends college in the Wairarapa.
I first came to Supporting Families as a volunteer in 2010. When the admin/volunteer job became available, I jumped at the chance to work in such a supportive and welcoming environment.
As well as providing admin services, I also provide support to our great team of volunteers who man the resource centre. This is a very rewarding role; it has helped me to develop confidence and extend my skills. It also provides a great opportunity to meet all sorts of amazing people. We provide a diverse range of resources on mental health and disabilities and I invite you all to come along and check us out. I look forward to seeing you.
Like Minds, Like Mine Coordinator Profile.
Kia ora koutou katoa,
While not Wairarapa born and bred, I have chosen to live in the Wairarapa for the last 21 years.
I love living in the Wairarapa and think of it as home. My husband Bruce is Wairarapa born and
bred with whakapapa connections to Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou. We have a combined
whanau of 8 children, 4 of them being born here and ranging in ages from 14 to 40. Our children
are scattered around Aotearoa with the oldest living in Adelaide. We love spending time with our
whanau and our 6 mokopuna.
The most important things in life for me is my whanau and extended whanau, my own wellbeing
and theirs and those around them.
Since starting my role in April 2009 I have thrived with the new challenges and learning presented.
I have a background working for our community, holding previous roles such as "Rise Above it,
Violence Free Coordinator", Rangtahi/Youth Health Promoter and Womens Refuge Non-Maori
Coordinator. As Like Minds, Like Mine Coordinator I feel that all my life experiences have steered
me towards this role. If you would like to know more, please feel free to pop into meet me at
Supporting Families Wairarapa.
Kia tau te Rangimarie - Peace be with you, Corrinne
Kia ora, my name is Jill Renata. I moved with my whanau
to Masterton in 2005 from Central Hawkes Bay. I am the
Family/Whanau Support Worker. My role is to provide
support, advocacy and education for individuals /families
who have someone in their family with mental health issues.