New leader taking on Community Law
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.