I have been a professional psychiatric nurse, registered from 1986 to 2017; from 2003-2015 as a community mental health nurse in an assertive treatment team working with a wide range of clients, and since 2015, Principal at Power To Care.
I have a passion regarding maintaining people in their own homes in the community, working with them in ways they find supportive and empowering.
I am deeply proud of my cultural affiliation to Ngai Tahu. The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are an integral part of my practice, and I actively support and encourage the principles of partnership, protection, participation and Tino rangatiratanga (self-determination).
I am a member of Te Ao Maramatanga (New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).
Having a balance between work, family, friends and pets is important - out of work I enjoy baking, woodworking and spending as much time with my family and grandchildren as I can.
I am a qualified social worker and have been practicing for thirty years in the areas of care and protection of children, family therapy and, prior to establishing my own practice of Power To Care almost 20 years ago, I was the social worker for the elder abuse service in Christchurch. I now specialise in the care and protection of adults.
When I am not working with people I am working with horses and my passion is horse trekking.