Welcome to our new literacy tutors
Eight new tutors have just completed four blocks of study with national trainer Helen Oakes embarking on their Certificate in Adult Literacy Tutoring.
Welcome to – Morgan Boot, Ella Evans, Hilary Fenemor, Alex Kett, Marie Lynch, Judith Oliver, Jude Paviell and Eleanor Upton.
It has been my pleasure to sit in on this year’s CALT training; not the course, I think I know it quite well by now, but getting to know the latest batch of eight tutors. I am always surprised and delighted by their willingness to give up four weekends (Friday to Sunday 9-4) to engage with what it means to be a literacy tutor and to take on the commitment involved. (This year meant no lie in on Mother’s Day and in one case postponing a birthday party!) Hard working with a sense of humour pretty much sums up what we ask of them initially. And to that this year’s group have added their skills, knowledge and life experience which have included being a volunteer fire fighter and first aid tutor, an olive grower, an ESOL teacher, an advocate, a Te Reo Maori speaker, a journalist, a sports coach and working with special needs youth ……(and probably a lot more that I have forgotten). Susan Bruce, Coordinator
New faces on our Governance Committee
We are delighted to welcome to the Governance Committee new members Mary Curnow, Saramea Waterman and Chris McLennan. Let them introduce themselves……..
Hi – I’m Mary Curnow and I’ve just joined the ALS Board. Originally from the UK, I have been living in NZ since 2008. I’ve always been interested in education and have been involved in volunteering for more years than I care to mention! When I first arrived in NZ it made sense to check out the local volunteer centre and see what was available. And hey presto, there was ALS! So I became a tutor and got involved working with Jeanie as part of the blended learning team. Unfortunately I had to stop when work took over but I’ve always remained interested in and supportive of the work of ALS. I’d just come off the Volunteer Nelson Board after 5 years and was enjoying some time out when I had ‘the call’ from Cameron to see if I’d like to join the team… so here I am.
I’ve been working at Nelson City Council as a Social Development Adviser in their Community Partnerships team since September 2013, working with organisations on funding issues. Before that I worked at the Nelson Environment Centre as part of their Waste Education Services team, working with local businesses to reduce waste.
In my spare time I love to get outdoors and enjoy a spot of walking, cycling and waka ama. I look forward to meeting you soon, maybe at the Sprig and fern pub quiz fundraisers in June!
- I have lived in Nelson for 5 years
- Am a Community Work Supervisor with the Department of Corrections
- Came from Central Otago where I was an orchadist and beekeeper.
- Have trade (carpentry), horticultural and teaching qualifications.
- Interests are outdoors, beekeeeping, gardening and passive solar house design.
- Have been an ALs tutor since 2010 and my particular interest with ALS is in assisting those in the trades with their coursework.