Wendy’s role is to contribute as a team member when undertaking an evaluation and as a developer and co-facilitator of Family Development courses.
As a member of the team, Wendy believes she is fortunate this role allows her to interact with many of the disabled and their families. Wendy gets to see how the disabled are blending in within their communities or any challenges that they face. Wendy also gets to speak directly with families around their personal views and experiences that are instrumental in the life of their family member.
Wendy has worked in the disability sector for 15 yrs, first in education in Australia and now here within SAMS.
In the past Wendy has worked as a Family/Whanau support worker which has lead to attaining experience in child protection including working with families at risk. In the not too distant future Wendy would like to complete her degree in social work and apply this in the disability sector. Wendy believes disabled people have the right to determine, in their life, who will be involved, what support is needed and the right to inclusion.
Wendy feels families should be supported to access the appropriate information that can assist them and assist their family member towards living a good life. As a family member, Wendy has a strong understanding of the challenges that people may face.
Wendy comes from a blended Maori - European background with strong links with Ngapuhi and the West Coast of the South Island. Wendy also has ties to the Pacific peoples through her husband and children.
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