Mobile: 021 959 189 Phone: 09 845 5921 ext 221
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Area covered: West Auckland and Rodney
I joined the MS Auckland team in July 2016. I have worked both as a volunteer and employee/contractor in the disability community since I was 15 years
old, inspired through having had a sister with multiple, profound disabilities. My training is in Speech and Language Therapy, which I have worked
in for 3 years. Prior to that I have worked in a similar Field Worker role at Epilepsy New Zealand, covering both the Counties Manukau DHB, and
Waitemata DHB, during my time there. This gave me valuable experience working in the community, with people from a wide range of socioeconomic
areas and ethnic backgrounds.
I first became interested in MS several years ago, when one of my best friends from school was diagnosed with MS. However, what really inspired me
to work for MS Auckland, was my own personal experience with managing a chronic illness, which has made me passionate about helping others in similar
situations. I see my role as providing education, support and advocacy for clients with MS (plus their families and communities), empowering them
to access the best information and care/support services possible, but also providing a listening ear in times of need. I understand the importance
of social contact with people who “get it,” and will do my best to facilitate social connections between our members, as appropriate. While I do
not have MS or understand what it is like to have MS, I hope that my personal experience with chronic illness shines through as a genuine empathy
and understanding of many of the issues people with MS have to face on a daily basis.
I look forward to learning more about MS, and I believe there is no one better to learn from, than the people who have MS themselves.