From graduate to tutor
What inspired you to enrol on the course?
I had a dear friend that encouraged me to take this course as I was at a point in my life where I could think of doing something for myself. My family were in a season where they didn’t require so much from me. I had hoped to get my self-confidence back after being out of the “paid workforce” for 15 years.
Can you please tell me a bit about your background, and your journey up to the point of enrolling in the Whanau Ara Mau programme?
I have been married to Daniel for 30 years and have five children aged (29 ,27, 16, 15 and 13 years old), one daughter in law and one grandson. I have completed Specialised Training (from Christian Counselling to Social Skills Cert and Home Education Certificate) and served in my community for over 30 years. Professionally, I’ve worked for Work and Income NZ, Auckland Council and a couple of primary schools.
What did you get out of the programme? What were the biggest benefits?
It gave me the time to grow and heal. I had more “ME time” and that gave me the ability to take care of myself in the areas of my spiritual health, physical health, mental health and family health. The biggest benefit was the holistic approach – that I am a healthy wife/mother/daughter/aunty and friend to those close to me.
How did this course change you, and your career and personal journeys?
I had just finished home-schooling my younger three children and after 15 years out of the professional work force I wasn’t sure where to go to next. I never thought I would end up teaching adults. Through this teaching journey I have learnt more about my strengths and therefore able to help the students do the same.
You’re now teaching WAM in our Panmure site, what inspired you to become a tutor?
Sarah Abbott my WAM tutor and my mother Maria.
Tell me a bit about your role – what are the highs and lows? How did your Whanau Ara Mua studies help prepare you to guide other women?
My role is to facilitate the WAM program. A high is being a part of the student’s journey as they grow and how it positively affects their families. One of the lows is watching potential students unable to complete the course because of personal issues.
Do you have some advice or words of wisdom that you could share with anyone considering taking that first step and enrolling in the Whanau Ara Mua programme?
This is a life changing journey. Be kind to yourself. This is where it starts.