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Maureen MacDonald

Home City: Lower Hutt
Member Since: 2002

Occupation: Retired Secretary and Accounts Administrator

Personal & Church History

I am recently widowed and live in Lower Hutt.  With my husband, Andrew, we raised a blended family of a daughter and four sons who mostly live nearby except one son is in England.  I am the proud Nana of seven boys and one girl and just love spending time with all my family. My husband and I worked together at the same company for ten years prior to my retirement three years ago.  Apart from my church life, I am now involved in DrugARM - an interdenominational Christian group operating a van out on the city streets at night and supplying food and hot drinks and showing God's love wherever possible - and also provide administrative support to the Wellington Council of Churches.  I also enjoy reading and genealogy. I started attending the Wellington congregation with my children in 1981.  Currently I am a member of the pastoral team, co-ordinate our local home group and help out with our church bulletin.  Over the years I have been involved with children's and youth activities, kitchen duties, magazine distribution, co-ordinated our women's ministry group and been a member of the local advisory team (now Admin team). I was a member of the National Advisory Council (the board's predecessor) from 1999 till 2001 during which time I co-ordinated the annual church festivals in Rotorua and Wellington, and have been on the New Zealand Church Trust Board since it was formed in 2001.  I co-ordinate women's retreats and run the Heart-Sisters programme for our ladies around New Zealand.

Assets Brought

I bring a woman's perspective to the Board along with a knowledge of non-profit organisations, accounting, IRD compliance and meeting procedures.

Aspirations

As a member of the Board I feel it is important to be in touch with church members around the country and to be aware of their needs and how they may be affected by decisions the Board may make.  As a church with small scattered congregations it is important members do not feel isolated and that they are empowered to do the Lord's work where they are able.  I have been privileged to serve the church during a time of change and the spiritual growth of the members which has ensued from the grace God has bestowed on our church.  I look forward to what the future may hold.