Porirua stalwart Freda Tohill dies
Citizens Advice Bureau stalwart Adalina Winifred (Freda) Tohill died on May 29, aged 79.
Tohill, a registered midwife, was a caring friendly person who opposed injustice in any form.
She became a member of the Citizens Advice Bureau in 1998, and completed 15 years of service before retiring in March.
She was a fearsome advocate for the many Work and Income Beneficiaries she advocated for.
Tohill enjoyed being among people, and could often be seen out and about talking about the Citizens Advice Bureau.
She received many a hug from clients and was affectionately known as ‘‘Little Mother’’ by some.
The Older Person Advisory Group and Grey Power were two of her other ‘‘missions’’, not to mention the work she did when changes to Kenepuru Hospital were mooted.
She became a member of the Kenepuru Consumer Group to advocate on behalf of the community to retain services.
Tohill was extremely involved in her neighbourhood in Elsdon, and always knew what was going on and where there was a need she would try to help. She insisted that everyone was prepared for an emergency, that they were aware they needed to have a supply of bottled water.
One of her great loves was gardening – no- one left her house without something from the garden either to eat or to grow.
She was given a Civic Award from Porirua City in 2008.
In 2010 Tohill was named a Kiwibank Local Hero.
Much missed: Freda Tohill, who died recently.