In April I was MC for the New Zealand Nurses Associations – Women’s Health Section Conference held in the Convention Centre in Palmerston North. It was an inspiring Conference with quality presenters. Having trained as a nurse in the late 60’s early 70’s in the then Palmerston North Hospital’s Community Nurse programme, I was totally absorbed by the changes that have evolved. I really enjoyed catching up with a number of women with whom I had worked. Some attended as delegates while others presented papers.Dr Jenny Carryer spoke on- Women's health is more than just a diagnosis and Faye Selby-Law - Smoking cessation . They are two in particular that I have seen follow Nursing with a passion - while Kerry Hocquard, who presented a paper on Surviving Melanoma, is a really good friend She is an absolute inspiration in here role with the Cancer Society in prevention of melanoma.
We are very blessed to have such dedicated people in the health sector.
I was approached by Gunhild Litwin, a member of the organising committee, as I was leaving the 2013 Christmas Parade and asked if I would consider opening this event. We exchanged details and the rest, as they say, is history.
His Excellency M Laurent Contini, the Ambassador of France, Michael Absalom, president of AFMLTA (Association of Foreign Modern Languages Teachers Australia) and his executive committee and Martin East, president of NZALT ( New Zealand Association of Languages Teachers) and his committee were all invited, along with a number of life members to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NZALT.
I met teachers of numerous languages who worked in a variety of areas including schools.
The committee did a fantastic job and the opening night set the stage for a very successful celebration.
With His Excellency M Laurent Contini, the Ambassador of France