We are delighted to welcome Gemma Parkin as a new Trust member. Gemma was Centre Manager for Hillary Outdoors based at Orama in Karaka Bay, close to Glenfern for 6 years, and she brings her unique stamp of contribution to our mahi. While no longer directly involved with the Education Centre Gemma passionately supports educational opportunities that Glenfern Sanctuary provides for all visitors, particularly our rangatahi. Meanwhile in addition to her voluntary work she has taken a position with Land Search and Rescue, a position which enables her to support the volunteer work of others while continuing to be based on Aotea.
Apart from her skills and interests Gemma we value the importance of local representation on the Trust. It was poignant for us all when Jo O’Reilly stepped down from the Trust in December. Jo had involvement with Glenfern since she arrived on Aotea 2003 and was a Trustee for almost five years since 2017.
We are pleased to have Rodney Ngawaka and Darren Cleave along with Sonja Palmer alternating with Darren’s presence to represent local iwi. Now Gemma brings even more local presence to the team.