Col­lege worker an im­por­tant part of the staff


Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

She pre­pares for her day by go­ing for an early morn­ing walk around Pon­sonby and Col­lege Hill.

‘‘I re­ally look for­ward to [work] be­cause it makes me in­de­pen­dent.

‘‘But I don’t al­ways look for­ward to get­ting up in the morn­ing, I’m not a morn­ing per­son.’’

Nash is very popular among staff at St Mary’s and has a ‘‘mar­vel­lous sense of hu­mour’’, ad­min­is­tra­tor Su­san Com­rie says.

Com­rie is re­spon­si­ble for Nash’s du­ties and says Nash is al­ways will­ing to go the ex­tra mile.

‘‘Katie is very re­spon­si­ble, takes her job very se­ri­ously – a good at­ti­tude and al­ways seeks to please. Once she has learned some­thing, she’s thor­ough in go­ing through with it.’’

Nash fills up the school hol­i­days by vol­un­teer­ing at Recre­ate NZ, a char­i­ta­ble trust which cre­ates chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. This in­cludes camps, week­ends away and youth nights.

Recre­ate NZ runs more than 120 events ev­ery year, for three age groups start­ing from the age of 9.

Nash is flat­ting with four oth­ers and says she loves living in Pon­sonby. She also has a cou­ple of helpers who drop in to give a hand with the house­hold chores. As for her spare time, Nash likes to read and tackle puzzles.

‘‘I don’t re­ally have any big plans,’’ she says of her ca­reer.

‘‘I like to go with the flow and see where it takes me.’’

Katie Nash keeps things run­ning smoothly at St Mary’s.

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