Margot Wilson Service Manager

It was an exciting time for me in January this year when I became part of the Heretaunga Women’s Centre team. The chance to work with a wonderful group of women in a beautifully renovated centre, developing new programmes and resources was too good an opportunity not to take up. I am a self-confessed gypsy and have worked with many different communities around New Zealand.

Purchasing a life style (or possibly life sentence) property in Hawkes Bay has given me much needed roots and I have been able to take up my hobby of cheese making in earnest – course coming soon! Nothing brings me greater joy than working alongside people to make positive changes in their lives; and every day at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre we see that happening. So I smile and laugh… a lot!

 

 Margot Wilson

Cathy Barclay Service Coordinator

I started out at the Women’s Centre over 15 years ago, as a lost single Mum with a lot of life experience. Back then, I realised that there needed to be some positive changes at the Centre, so I volunteered for a year and then took on the role of Assistant Manager and then Manager for four years. I’ve now recently taken on the Service Coordinator position which leaves me time to spend with my Kaimanawa Horse – I have a huge passion and love for animals.

What I have learnt about my time so far on earth is: The older I get – the more I know about life means the less I know about life, and I’m at peace with that. It’s not up to me to judge others – I will concentrate on making sure what I am doing is right. As long as what I do is right nothing else around me matters. Abuse is unacceptable – I cannot control others and the best revenge is your own happiness.

 

 Cathy Barclay

Heather Coombe Financial Administrator

I started working part time at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre in April 2015 after a few years at home with my two young children. Arriving just after the completion of the renovations, I’ve been very fortunate to work in such lovely surroundings and with the loveliest of people, both paid staff and the many volunteers.

The Centre is an amazing place doing great work in helping people in need, and providing a safe environment for people to enjoy. I love the variety that each day brings through the many different faces visiting the Centre.

 

 Heather Coombe

Shirley Price Receptionist

I’ve been a volunteer for quite a few years and started out working with Brownies and Guides in my early days for 11 years. I also worked with the Environment Centre before moving to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau for six years and then on to the Heretaunga Women’s Centre as a receptionist. I have always liked helping people and I love meeting new faces every day. Come and see me for a tour of the Centre – I can tell you all sorts of interesting information about the old building.

I’m Hawke’s Bay born and bred and enjoy taking care of my garden. It really is my passion and it’s where I relax. As long as I can take flowers when I visit my Aunt, I’m happy! When I’m not at the Women’s Centre, I enjoy aqua jogging to keep my joints lubricated and trying to keep up with my cat, Betsy.

 

 Shirley Price