Find­ing her true calling in St John

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Kib­ble­white is the Bal­clutha St

John sta­tion man­ager.

The for­mer Ti­maru girl left school young, and was un­sure what she wanted to do. How­ever, the turn­ing point came when she was work­ing in a rest home laun­dry. A res­i­dent choked.

‘‘There was no am­bu­lance avail­able. The man then went into res­pi­ra­tory ar­rest, and lucky we man­aged to re­vive him. I was meant to go into Ti­maru Hos­pi­tal the next day and sign a con­tract for a ca­sual po­si­tion. In­stead of sign­ing my new con­tract I went to St John and signed up to be a vol­un­teer. I fig­ured peo­ple needed me more than I needed the ex­tra money of the ca­sual job. I have never looked back.’’

She went on to get nurs­ing and paramed­i­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Women def­i­nitely have ad­van­tage in St John work, Mel says.

‘‘Some­times we at­tend calls that the pa­tient feels more com­fort­able with a woman do­ing a par­tic­u­lar as­sess­ment and it’s great to be able to make them feel that lit­tle bit more com­fort­able.

The young mum has some key ad­vice for young women: ‘‘Do it! If you are pas­sion­ate about it you will suc­ceed. A ca­reer in the emer­gency ser­vices is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing.’’

Mel Kib­ble­white

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