College worker an important part of the staff
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.