Our Staff

The core of our team are our Community Support and Outreach Co-ordinators who deliver our Accredited Visitor Service co-ordination, Total Mobility assessments, falls and balance prevention classes and general information.

Sheila Reed

Sheila is our Community Support and Outreach Co-ordinator for the Wellington and Porirua areas. Sheila joined Age Concern over four years ago as their Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Co-ordinator, after over twenty years working with older people as a community worker in a social services agency.

Originally a teacher from the UK, she now sees New Zealand as her home and would not consider living anywhere other than Wellington with all its cultural opportunities, not to mention the coffee.

To balance her 3 days with Age Concern, her other day job is introducing her grandchildren to educational and cultural opportunities in Wellington, which fills the other 2 days very nicely.

The mokopuna are becoming aware of the importance of older people in our community and the need for social justice across all ages.

Ann Dalziel

Ann is the Community Support and Outreach Co-ordinator based in our Wellington office and has worked at Age Concern Wellington for the past 8 years. She is the person most likely to answer your phone call – she will always give helpful advice, and if outside her area of expertise, will direct you to the appropriate person.

In addition to working at Age Concern, Ann is on the Board of WellElder, a Counselling Service for older people, on Community Networks Wellington – a network of social services in Wellington, and is the Consumer Council Member for Capital and Coast DHB’s Primary Clinical Group.

Outside of work Ann keeps fit and healthy by exercising early every morning – swimming, gym or dancing. She is an avid reader and loves the cinema. Twice monthly she assists at Wellington Cathedral – at the early 8.00 a.m. service.

Marion Cowden

Marion is a past-president of Age Concern Wellington and now works part-time as the Executive Officer keeping an eye on the overall operations. She is an accountant by training who has worked as a public servant in New Zealand and overseas.

She combines her role at Age Concern with roles as a director for a selection of organisations in the public, private and charity sectors. Other interests include active participation in Rotary.

Imelda

Hello – I am Imelda, the new Hutt Coordinator for the Accredited Visiting Service. I believe in social equity and that everyone deserves a good positive life. There is a huge need to support the wellbeing of older people in our community and I am very pleased to play a small part in this necessary social change. My first month in the role has been wonderful. I have met some amazing individuals and can’t wait to better understand the community, events and activities currently in place. I would also like to encourage us all to make connections and take opportunities to socialise when they present themselves. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to go out, accept invitations and get out there! Let’s keep the conversation going. Invite friends and family to become Age Concern Volunteers. “As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” – Audrey Hepburn