New face at helm of community trust

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A new Northern Southland Community Resource Centre Charitable Trust co-ordinator will start work next week.

Cara Colquhoun will replace Kim Spencer-McDonald who has been in the role for the past four years.

Ms Colquhoun said she was looking forward to starting her new position.

“It sounded perfect for the hours and line of work I’m looking for.

“I’ve always loved helping people,” Ms Colquhoun said.

She arrived with her family to live in Lumsden about seven months ago after living in Kalgoorlie, Australia, for six years.

While in Kalgoorlie, Ms Colquhoun had started training as a nurse, thinking that would be a good career fit for her.

“I was working in the hospital . and it was just like, is that really what I want to be doing and I realised it was more the counselling side [she wanted to be involved in].”

“I love talking to people and listening.

“I like to try and bring a warmth to people and make them feel comfortable.”

The family moved back to New Zealand so the children could attend school here.

It was also a lifestyle choice.

“Where we were living in Australia it’s all about long hours, little sleep, no time with the kids and red dirt.

“Here we wanted the green paddocks and the mountains and the upbringing for the children.”

Although she had grown up in Katikati, Ms Colquhoun moved south after she left school.

“I spent 10 years in Queenstown and Christchurch.”

Ms Colquhoun spent a day at the centre in December learning about her new role.