What do you do? 

I help look after all the returned volunteers and make sure they know VSAConnect is here for them on their return from assignment if they want any assistance. I find interesting speaking opportunities for returned volunteers to talk about their amazing experiences on assignment. I help returned volunteers join their local branch if they want and help Pat arrange events in regions where there are clusters of RV’s but no official branch.   

What’s your favourite thing about your job? Or what do you think is the best thing about working for VSA?

The core work and values of VSA are excellent and I learn a lot by being part of this organisation. I like the way the staff are encouraged as a whole to engage in a meaningful way with the critical issues of climate change, gender equality, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

What’s your favourite Pacific or Timorese phrase or saying and why?

Fā, short for Fā soifua, Samoan informal good-bye. I just like saying it and hearing people say it. A short, sweet, no nonsense good-bye.

Your favourite thing about living in Wellington/New Zealand/the Pacific?

The colour of the sea.

Who is someone who inspires you and why?

Patti Smith, brilliant musician, poet, artist and activist.

If you could be anywhere in the world on a Friday afternoon/evening, where would it be?

Fishing off Titahi Bay rocks.

What are you renowned for in the office?

I couldn’t possibly comment.

Madeline