"The wonderful thing about a job like this is the team of people I get to work with. Nothing ever gets done on your own, and the way we work collaboratively with other organisations for the good of everybody is amazing."
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Growing up in the heart of multicultural Auckland, I had school friends from many nations.
From age five, I had developed empathy for people who were learning English. I just tuned in to their struggle and started to translate everything for them.
I soon found this was fun, because they reciprocated and taught me about their culture too.
Ever since then I’ve been devoted to providing support, care and friendship and wanting to help newcomers with the cultural adjustments to life in New Zealand.
I worked as an ESOL tutor for about 20 years in the South Island including two of our local colleges for the past five years.
I am super excited to be working for the Marlborough Multicultural Centre, in my new role as Community Navigator.
Recently I studied Youth work and Art therapy full time, so this new role is a culmination of all the skills and experiences I’ve picked up over the years.
The wonderful thing about a job like this is the team of people I get to work with. Nothing ever gets done on your own, and the way we work collaboratively with other organisations for the good of everybody is amazing.
The global pandemic is really difficult for our international friends who live here in Marlborough.
We may feel safe here in Marlborough, but for people with family and friends overseas, it’s very worrying and they’re feeling very disconnected and lonely. Many may also feel a sense of guilt because they are not immediately able to protect and care for their families.
Fortunately with the likes of Skype, many are communicating with their friends and family back home and passing on the importance of hygiene and physical distancing to help keep everyone safe and reduce the spread of the virus.
According to some, Marlborough has become more diverse in a very short space of time.
The Marlborough Multicultural Centre is continually working towards promoting tolerance and empathy. We’ve got some fun events and projects coming up, including the Multicultural festival which is held every second year and has been extremely successful and colourful.
Our new New Zealanders are working hard to embrace the New Zealand culture and way of life, while also retaining their own sense of identity.
Kiwis are friendly and mean well, but we tend to be a bit shy. I’d really encourage Marlburians to reach out and help others feel welcome. Just say “hi” and have a chat. Be kind and please be patient. For some English is their second language.