Ded­i­cated to help­ing oth­ers

Wairarapa News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Pauline McKen­zie is one of those spe­cial peo­ple who vol­un­teer and has been do­ing so for a long time, in fact 24 years, for the Can­cer So­ci­ety Wairarapa. We con­grat­u­late and cel­e­brate with Pauline her com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer­ing.

She com­menced vol­un­teer­ing in June 1993 at the Perry Street Can­cer shop. Her role then was pa­tient sup­port. This in­volved vis­it­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies at home to as­sess their needs for sup­port. Pauline said she ‘‘got to know fam­i­lies really well and felt spe­cial work­ing along­side them’’.

Pauline moved into co­or­di­nat­ing and del­e­gat­ing other vol­un­teer vis­i­tors un­til about 2007, where she then chose to co­or­di­nate the Look Good Feel Bet­ter pro­gramme at the new look, Can­cer So­ci­ety at 140 Dixon Street Master­ton. This in­volved pre­par­ing the work­shops and or­gan­is­ing vol­un­teers - Pauline has done this now for 10 years.

As an Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber from 1995 and for five more years as the Chair­per­son of the So­ci­ety she was in­volved in the tran­si­tion of the can­cer so­ci­ety from a shop to a ser­vice hub for can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

Since her step down as an Ex­ec­u­tive Board mem­ber she stays in­volved as a vol­un­teer driver and has used her knowl­edge and skills to lis­ten and sup­port peo­ple.

Pauline has added another level of in­volve­ment by vol­un­teer­ing at daf­fodil days.

Pauline McKen­zie is a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer for the Wairarapa Can­cer So­ci­ety

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