Nō Ōtautahi ahau,
Ko Nicole McLean taku ingoa,
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Kia ora everyone, here’s a little bit about me. You’ll hear more over the coming months I’m sure. I’ve been living in New Zealand since immigrating from Zimbabwe when I was a teenager. I’m married to Anton and as well as our biological children, I am a Whānau caregiver.
I’m honoured to introduce myself as the Regional Support Coordinator for the Canterbury Region.
As a caregiver, I realised that I need connection with a support network – in the form of friends, whanau, regional organizations, iwi, and national bodies such as Fostering Kids NZ. I have participated in support groups – most recently in therapeutic parenting practice – which has transformed my relationships with my tamariki (positively)! I count it as a privilege to be journeying with caregivers at a regional level.
Did you know that our Canterbury regional office for Fostering Kids NZ has moved? A huge thank you to the Salvation Army on Colombo Street, Christchurch, for welcoming our presence on their premises. Please call me to arrange a time for you to pop in, I would really love to have a coffee with you!, please excuse the state of the office until I get things sorted.
Happy Fathers Day
September is the month we pay homage to our dads. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. To our wonderful foster dads who have opened your hearts and homes to tamariki needing care. We thank you for the amazing work you do with our most vulnerable. I hope you got well and truly spoiled.
Fostering Kids NZ National Conference
Have you managed to have a look on our website to find out all about our National Conference coming up on the 16 and 17 October, at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre? It would be great to see as many of you from our region there as possible. I hear it is an amazing experience, and very enjoyable too! You can find everything you need to know here:
It’s time to get voting!
GOOD IN THE HOOD is back for 2019. During September all purchases made at Z Bryndwr Station in Christchurch will help to raise funds for Fostering Kids New Zealand.
Each Z Station is supporting four neighbourhood groups and Fostering Kids New Zealand is lucky enough to have been selected this year. Any time you shop or fill up at Bryndwr Z station you can vote for Fostering Kids New Zealand. Each group takes home a share of $4,000 which is divided according to the number of votes they receive.
That is why your votes are super important and will make a difference. So spread the word and get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community. Thank you for your support.
He waka eke noa
We’re all in this together.
Nga mihi nui,
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