Trustee & Chair of Clinical Advisory Committee
I first became aware the world did not provide a level playing field when, as a child, my mother explained to me why she spent hours transcribing books into braille by hand. I began to understand that I should share some of my mother's time with other people who couldn't just pick up a book and read it, as I loved to do. Ever since then I have been fortunate through study, work, lived experience and the privilege of being a member of the wider LFT community, to have learned much more about the variety of challenges life presents people. My involvement with LFT and its Board is long, as is my institutional memory! LFT became home (and still is) for one of my 3 children, twenty three years ago. As a family member I value very much the sense of home that LFT can provide the residents who choose to live in an inclusive, caring and supported community. Similarly, I am enthusiastic about the development of LFT's outreach that enables the LFT to support people who chose to live in the wider community. Unfortunately, all these years later, the world still does not provide a level playing field. As trustees we must strive to have the vision, courage and wisdom to enable LFT with its successive generations of dedicated staff to continue to assist the members of the LFT community to live their best lives, despite the myriad of challenges they face on a daily basis....and as all of us aspire, to have their share of moments of joy!
Manaaki Whenua, Manaaki Tangata, Haere Whakamua!