New leader tak­ing on Com­mu­nity Law

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By SVEN HERSEL­MAN Com­mu­nity Law Marl­bor­ough will have a new man­ager from the be­gin­ning of July as Stephanie Moses takes over from Raewyn Trethe­way.

The work the or­gan­i­sa­tion does is noth­ing new to Stephanie who has been with them for 15 years, work­ing pri­mar­ily as a case worker, ed­u­ca­tion co- or­di­na­tor and com­mu­nity li­ai­son. She is ex­cited to take on the new chal­lenge.

‘‘We have such a great team here, who have been to­gether for many years and are very ex­pe­ri­enced, which will help me a lot,’’ Stephanie says.

Orig­i­nally from Mataura in South­land she moved to Marl­bor­ough in the 1970s and used to man­age a su­per­mar­ket be­fore de­cid­ing to change her fo­cus, achiev­ing a post grad­u­ate de­gree in me­di­a­tion.

She was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up Com­mu­nity Me­di­a­tion Marl­bor­ough, which op­er­ates as an off­shoot of Com­mu­nity Law.

‘‘I have a pas­sion for people and I also feel strongly that ev­ery­one should have free ac­cess to le­gal ad­vice and help–- it shouldn’t just be for those who can af­ford it,’’ Stephanie says.

In her work with the or­gan­i­sa­tion she has helped people deal with things like fam­ily and em­ploy­ment is­sues. It can be tough at times as there are some heart-wrench­ing sto­ries, but she Fresh start: In­com­ing Com­mu­nity Law Marl­bor­ough man­ager Stephanie Moses will be­gin work at the be­gin­ning of July. keeps her work and home life sep­a­rate.

‘‘You can’t take it home with you. You have to keep thing sep­a­rate, but you need to have a lot of em­pa­thy for this job,’’ Stephanie says.

Dur­ing her time with Com­mu­nity Law she has seen a great deal of change and feels they are in a good place and able to serve the com­mu­nity well.

Mov­ing to their new of­fice space on the ground floor in Mar­ket St, Blen­heim was a par­tic­u­larly good one.

‘‘ We get a lot more people com­ing in now and mak­ing use of our ser­vices – this is a re­ally good spot.’’

The team work reg­u­lar of­fice hours, but also have late night ses­sions on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day evenings when vol­un­teer lawyers of­fer their ser­vices to the pub­lic. The word: Fa­ther Ra­mon Sanchez will be a spe­cial guest speaker at the St Mary’s Church par­ish mis­sion, which runs from July 1 to 5. His fo­cus at the mis­sion will be an adult ed­u­ca­tional power point pre­sen­ta­tion. Mem­bers of other Chris­tian churches are wel­come to join. The mis­sion will be preached morn­ing and evening, at 10am and re­peated at 7pm each day, with a fi­nal ses­sion on Satur­day morn­ing. Each day’s topics will be Je­sus, his world and ours; Je­sus, law and con­science; hu­man growth and faith growth; Je­sus, church and com­mu­nity and Je­sus, for­give­ness and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.


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