I am married to the gorgeous Scottie and have three adult children, a lovely daughter-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren whom I love to spend time with. I hold an NZ Certificate in Celebrant Studies and am a member of CANZ – the New Zealand Celebrants Association. I love to write and to mark significant and sacred moments with meaning, hope and creativity.
This has been outworked in both my professional and family life over the past 40 years – be it as an Occupational Therapist specialising in mental health; a mother of small children volunteering in her community; advocating for families through our Charitable Trust, Campaign for our Children; encouraging and training parents through the How to Drug Proof Your Kids programme I established here in NZ or through leading a Family Ministry in a large Auckland Church.
My husband Scottie and enjoy ‘doing hospitality’ in any shape or form – he is a great cook and I love to bake. The fun, conversations and deepening friendships that come out of these times draw us on to the next occasion! Family time and travelling and exploring together as a couple are also special. I love the natural beauty, native birds and te reo of our beautiful land and to turn my mind and hands to creativity – be it through gardening, poetry writing, card making or putting a service together.
The threads of family, friends and community have run strongly through all of my life and I’ve been privileged to journey with loved ones through seasons of intense pain and grief as well as joyful anniversaries and rites of passage.
In the last two years both my parents have passed away bringing a further depth of understanding of love and loss. It was a real privilege to take my dear Father’s funeral and to lead the ceremonies when we interred their ashes.