Solo mum seeks men­tor who aided her in ca­reer path

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A Porirua mother is des­per­ately try­ing to con­tact a for­mer Birthright em­ployee who helped her get through tough times.

Sue (not her real name) wants to find and thank Jan Tay­lor for her sup­port and guid­ance dur­ing 2000 and 2001 and let the for­mer field worker know what an im­pact she had on her life.

She had re­cently given birth to her fourth child when she met Ms Tay­lor.

Birthright is a na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing sin­gle­par­ent fam­i­lies.

Sue had four chil­dren un­der the age of five and her 11- year­mar­riage had ended fol­low­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

She was on a ben­e­fit and was also suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion when Jan came into her life.

‘‘Jan came to me and in­spired me to re­turn to ed­u­ca­tion and helped me to fill in my forms,’’ she says.

Sue was ac­cepted into the Diploma of Teach­ing (ECE) and got a schol­ar­ship from TEACH NZ, which Jan had helped her ap­ply for.

‘‘ She in­spired me and was al­ways will­ing to change some of her meet­ings to come to my home to help me.

‘‘Even though I wasn’t sure if I could stick it out for three years, look af­ter the chil­dren on my own, live on a small amount of money and work through my ill­ness, I still kept go­ing and go­ing and go­ing.’’

Sue said Jan gave her a poem which she would of­ten read when she felt like she wanted to give up on it all.

‘‘I never did quit. In fact I went on to achieve some amaz­ing goals.

‘‘I am a teacher and have been teach­ing for eight years.’’

Sue earned a de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion and has a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

Her chil­dren are all now at­tend­ing col­lege and she says her ill­ness is greatly im­proved.

‘‘I have so much more I would like to say to Jan but I don’t know where she is.’’

Ms Tay­lor is no longer with Birthright and a turnover of staff has meant the Welling­ton of­fice has been un­able to track her down.

At­tempts to track her down have drawn a blank.

Birthright is ask­ing any­one who knows Jan to let them know or ask her to get in touch.

Con­tact Birthright on 802 5377 or email birthrightnz@

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