People Who Inspire Us

Marie Carr - 25 Years Of Making a Difference

Marie Carr is an inspiring woman and this month she has reached her 25 year milestone with Community Living. Her time here has been a true testament to her character, and the work she has achieved in our sector over the years, has made a real difference in the lives of the people we support and their whanau / families.

Marie was originally a midwife and emigrated from Ireland, to make New Zealand her home and to raise a family. In the early years of raising children the un-predictable hours required to work as a midwife were no longer sustainable. Marie found herself getting a job working at the Tokanui Hospital as a nurse. This is where she discovered her career path in life. She connected so strongly with the residents at Tokanui that when the time came for the hospital to close down, she worked tirelessly helping the residents and their whanau / families to readjustment and find their way back into the community’s in which they had been excluded from for so long. The things most of us take for granted like, seeing food in its raw form and having choices around what we will do and when we will do it, was a first for a lot of the residents moving out of Tokanui.

Marie worked towards setting up residential services, and seemed to be always one step ahead of others trying to achieve the same goals. Her compassion and strength was showcased daily as she worked with people with challenging behaviours and a “can do” attitude was used in everything she approached.

Marie is a person of extreme fairness you will always know where you stand with her. This is a quality that people we support, whanau / families and fellow colleagues have always respected. She is the kind of woman you want on your side, and has become the confident of many within her team in Ridsas but also across the teams at Community Living.

She contains a passion that never waivers, a kind heart with a measure of discipline – Marie Carr is a true asset to the Community Living organisation.

Marie thank you for all the ways in which you positively impact on the lives of the people around you, may we see you here for many more years yet!

We asked Marie a few questions about her time with Community Living...

Position - Care Manager under the IDCC&R Act 2003

What things I love about my role - Diversity of people I meet. The ability to make changes to peoples lives  and working with a group of people that have passion and commitment to this type of work.

What keeps me working for Community Living Limited - The peer group I have worked with over the years  and our values base and commitment to work along the people we support to improve their peoples lives.

Future goals --to continue to grow both professionally and personally.

One piece of advice for some one looking to work in a similar role - Be a good listener, give people time to express their thoughts /wishes. Work together to achieve the best outcome and most of all, have a good sense of humour.

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