Coun­sel­lor’s story to be told

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

If you would like to hear the in­spi­ra­tional story of a woman who has made the most of her life de­spite liv­ing with only half a heart you might want to lis­ten to Wendy BowenGra­ham.

Wendy will be the guest speaker at Park­side Vil­las on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, at 2pm and Mata­mata res­i­dents are wel­come to at­tend.

Wendy has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in Canada, Bri­tain and in New Zealand in many fields with youth, chil­dren and fam­ily work. Be­fore train­ing as a coun­sel­lor she worked as a Child Youth Care co-or­di­na­tor for Heart Chil­dren New Zealand and Star­ship Hospi­tal.

Work­ing at Star­ship Hospi­tal was what made her be­come a coun­sel­lor. Many times she sat and talked with chron­i­cally ill chil­dren, youth and their fam­i­lies.

She un­der­stood their sto­ries as she was born with a heart con­di­tion and has lived in and out of hospi­tal. ‘‘I want ev­ery per­son who suf­fers from any prob­lems that life throws them to have the free­dom to talk and be heard, no mat­ter what they are go­ing through, and feel un­der­stood,’’ she said.

In­spi­ra­tional: Wendy Bowen-Gra­ham.

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