Stephen Opie - CEO
Stephen joined Age Concern Wellington in April 2020. He has extensive leadership experience in the charitable sector after spending 18 years working for various non-profit organisations. Stephen’s primary focus has been strategic leadership, project management, communications and fundraising.
Stephen is passionate about ensuring our region’s older people are connected into their communities and have access to the support and services they need. He believes Age Concern Wellington can make a difference in the lives of many people, but not without the support of dedicated volunteers and generous supporters.
Stephen has been married for 19 years and has two children, one at College and the other at Intermediate. He has lived all over the country, and even spent time living in Tonga as a child.
Ann is the Health Promotions & Community Support Coordinator based in our Wellington office. She manages our SAY Go classes and health promotion workshops and is the person most likely to answer your phone call. She has worked at Age Concern Wellington for the past 8 years and has acquired a wide spread of knowledge – 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.
Hello – I am Imelda, the 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. I have met some amazing individuals and have gained a good understanding of 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
Lynn has joined Age Concern in a newly appointed role as the Companion Walking Service Coordinator. With a background in Nursing and working as a Coordinator for a Sports Trust for people with learning disabilities, she brings with her experience and a passion for helping others to improve their health and physical fitness.
Lynn is enjoying starting up this new service and taking it out to as many suburbs as possible to provide the support and assistance to our elderly members that have mobility issues and feel isolated at home.
Lynn loves meeting new people and looking forward to working with clients, volunteers and service providers to work towards making a positive difference to peoples lives.
Also from the UK she has recently moved to Wellington from Nelson after having spent 14 years there. She enjoys walking, keeping fit and being part of a re-cycle re-purpose community sewing group.
Kia ora. It is a pleasure to have commenced the role of Social Connection Coordinator with Wellington Age Concern. I am a Kiwi who has lived all over New Zealand, but have made Porirua home for the past 10 years. We live close to Plimmerton beach and walking along the waterfront is one of my favourite pastimes.
I have had a varied career including, working in the health sector as a nurse and tertiary education as a tutor. This was in the NZ Health and Wellbeing Certificate at WelTec for 10 years. During my time as a tutor I was lucky enough to visit many older people while supporting students with their learning. I always enjoyed spending time listening to the clients stories and connecting with them in a positive way.
The role of Social Connection Coordinator is a great opportunity to hear from older people about how they would like support to have meaningful connection with their communities.
My motto will be to ‘listen first, then act’.
Lorna joined Age Concern Wellington in January 2020 to look after communications and marketing. She began working with Age Concern as a volunteer visitor and is a strong supporter of the work Age Concern does. Her wish is to see more seniors in our communities be valued and connected every day.
Lorna comes from a writing and communications background. Until 2018, she was a municipal councillor in Switzerland in charge of, among other things, senior services. She also serves on the board of the Petone Community House, and is the author or editor of several books. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and a Master of Arts in Communication and Applied Linguistics. She loves reading, gardening, and hanging-out with her family and friends.
“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” Frank Lloyd Wright
Sheila is one of our Staying Safe presenters. Sheila joined Age Concern over five years ago as Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Coordinator, then as Community Support and Outreach Coordinator for the Wellington and Porirua areas, 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.
As well as her work with Age Concern, her other job is introducing her grandchildren to educational and cultural opportunities in Wellington, which fills her time 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.