New chair for Vincent board
The new Vincent Community Board chairwoman plans to lead a community board that is connected to the community and supported.
Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay, 41, was voted in as chair at the board’s first meeting - despite her being absent.
The new chair said she was overseas representing New Zealand on the Neighbourhood Watch Australasia board, how- ever she had been approached prior to gauge her interest in the role.
The mother-of-two was not new to local body politics, having served the past six years on a community board in Canterbury and the past three as chair.
‘‘I also chair Neighbourhood Support New Zealand and also sit on the board of Australasia Neighbourhood Watch as the New Zealand rep. I am thrilled to be chair. I am really excited. I am a true believer of local government because it gives us as a community a voice.’’
Stirling-Lindsay moved to Alexandra in February, but lived in the region 15 years ago. The region was ‘‘in her blood’’ and she always intended to return.
Her vision over the next term was about working together as a team, and connecting more with the community, she said.
‘‘It is my vision that we work together and become quite active and connected in the community that voted for us.’’
Youth Base team leader Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay, 41, is the new Vincent Community Board chairwoman.