Counting beans for a hundred years
A Sandringham resident has helped the Institute of Chartered Accountants celebrate 100 years by becoming their 30,000th member.
Sandra Wee was invited to cut the cake at the ceremony to celebrate the anniversary.
Ms Wee, who was registered as the 30,000th member by a matter of minutes either side, was delighted with the outcome.
“I am so honoured and I was so lucky.
“I came out of a pool of so many.
“It is like striking the lottery – but unfortunately without the $17 million,” she says.
The ceremony was a great success with many people coming to celebrate it, says Ms Wee.
“It was great so many more people were there than I expected,” she says.
“And cutting the cake reminded me of my marriage with everyone watching the joyous occasion.”
Institute communications manager Judy Knighton says Ms Wee was the perfect candidate to have been picked to represent them.
“Sandra is a young Asian woman from Auckland, she is very typical of our newer members.
“So we were lucky because she really represents the institute of 2008.”
The celebration is important not only for reaching 100 years but also for having had constant membership over the period, says Ms Knighton.
“We think 30,000 shows that our qualifications are well sought after and that members stay with us for life,” she says.
Ten thousand members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants are from Auckland. – Sally Hine is an AUT