Making a dream come true, laughter and lawn bowls, and celebrating 25 years of service

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Making a dream come true, laughter and lawn bowls, and celebrating 25 years of service

Why we do what we do

As one year comes to a close and another begins, it’s important to remember why we do what we do. The team at CRC are dedicated to enabling our people to have a voice and work towards their personal goals and aspirations. To feel a sense of belonging and have a community of support and friendship around them.

This year, there have been some times of sadness and strain, but there is also much to be thankful for and many people to acknowledge and celebrate. Our people are at the heart of what we do, and because of that, there is much joy to be found even when we encounter challenges. 

A dream come true for Zephy

One of our lads in residential care was recently diagnosed with untreatable cancer. In response to this devastating news, our whole CRC whānau banded together to raise money so that Zephy could tick things off his extensive bucket list. Like patting a koala and a rhino, visiting Movie World and Sea World and enjoying a steak dinner!

Zephy drew the winning tickets in our raffle. We then, at the Christmas function, surprised him with his passport and an itinerary for his trip to the Gold Coast in early February – where he’ll spend four magical days with one of our team, ticking off all the experiences on his list and more!

This is why we do what we do. It is such an honour to be part of someone’s journey: to join them at whatever stage they are at and to stick with them as they seek out their dreams. Because we all have dreams – our people are no different.

Art success for Andrea Monds

Another client of ours, Andrea Monds, loves expressing herself through her painting and drawing, and through SkillWise has built up a stunning, vibrant portfolio of work. In November Andrea held her first Art Expo, where she sold a number of her pieces.

Andrea, despite feeling nervous beforehand, you shone as you explained your artwork to people. We are immensely proud of you and can’t wait to see how your art develops and what new opportunities await.

Acknowledging the work of Anita Parke

After 12 and a half years of dedicated service to CRC, Anita Parke is retiring. We are so grateful for all you’ve done for us, Anita; in little and big ways you’ve made a huge impact on people’s lives, and you’ll be sorely missed.

Celebrating 25 years of service for Annie McNicol

This year Annie McNicol celebrates her 25th anniversary with CRC. Before his passing in May 2022, Te Tumu Rolleston asked Annie to be the Director/General Manager, knowing that she would uphold the tikanga and the vision he set out when he founded CRC 26 years ago. As Annie says, “Te Tumu is our tikanga – our reason for being here at CRC.”  

Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua.
Those who lead give sight to those who follow; those who follow give life to those who lead. 

Deputy General Manager Shaun McNicol adds that, when he passed on the baton, “Te Tumu knew what Annie would do for our company and that it was in safe hands under her leadership.”

For Annie, it is an absolute privilege to carry out this work – “to help people on their journey to follow their dreams. It fills my bucket,” she says. When asked about herself, she is quick to redirect the focus onto the staff. “I feel humbled and lucky to have such a wonderful team around me – my CRC whānau  and also my own whānau . Thank you to everyone for your passion, and your compassion.”

Service Manager Nina Freeman says “Annie is the heart of CRC. She can give you a story or memory about every single one of us. She sets an example for all of us to aspire to.”

As Shaun says, “She doesn’t know how amazing she is. We constantly have to remind herself to put herself first.”

There are some really challenging aspects to this sort of work, but “Annie always brings out the positives,” says Nina. This time of year is all about being together, and finding times for joyfulness. Two things Annie is all about. The CRC whānau  are incredibly grateful to Annie for her dedication and guidance, and for all the friendship and fun times.

Lawn bowls and laughter to round out the year

To celebrate and acknowledge the work and achievements of our CRC whānau , it felt important to bring everyone together for our end-of-year break-up, held at the Morrison Ave Bowling Club. We invited all staff and clients to take part – and everyone joined in. There were a few wrong bias deliveries and plenty of banter and laughter. What a fantastic evening had by all – including members of the Bowling Club who loved joining in the fun.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year

We want to wish everyone a merry Christmas. It’s such a special time to spend with whānau. For Christmas, we have a day of activities planned, plus delicious Christmas kai, in all our residential homes, and some of our solo-living clients will join those celebrations.

The holiday season brings so much joy. But we acknowledge this time of year can be really tough for some people. Please reach out if you need support. You are not alone. We’re at 15 Worcester Street, we will be closed on the Stat holidays otherwise our doors will be open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. In an emergency you can contact Annie – or call the office at: 03 385 8178

Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia! 

Hei konā mai – goodbye for now!

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