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On Friday 16 October, we held our 2020 Annual General Meeting in Lower Hutt. This year we also made the AGM available virtually and had members join us from all around Aotearoa.

The AGM was opened by Hera Clarke (Poutaki Māori), followed by Colin Hardgrave who presented the Chairperson’s Report on behalf of John Dickson. Linda Surtees (Chief Executive) then presented Caring Families Aotearoa’s highlights from the year (there were many!). To read our highlights, read our 2020 Annual Report by clicking the picture to the left.

We closed off our AGM with a well-received presentation from Rob Surtees (Therapist) and Sally Moffat (Programme Manager). They presented the “Shield Against Shame”, which explained the defenses that children develop as a way of keeping themselves safe. If you are interested in hearing this presentation, please call Sally on 0800 693 323.

Welcome to the Caring Families Aotearoa Board

Ann Mitchell

The Board elected Ann Mitchell to the Board as a Sector Specialist in October 2020. Ann brings a wealth of caregiving, family home, and valuable bicultural knowledge to the Board.

Ann was also an Excellence in Foster Care Award recipient this year. See her picture to the right with Dame Patsy Reddy from the awards ceremony.

Ann Mitchell

At this years’ Annual General Meeting, Pru Simpson and Ken Wickens were elected to the Board of Governors as Foster Carer Representatives. Watch their Board Nominee Bios below!

Pru Simpson

Ken Wickens

A warm welcome to Ann, Pru, and Ken to the Caring Families Aotearoa Board.

Caring Families Aotearoa has a skilled team of nine Board Members. They decide the strategic direction of Caring Families Aotearoa, to ensure that every care family and whānau is enabled, supported, and have the skills to provide a secure and healing home.