New chair for Vin­cent board

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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