We welcomed guest speaker Margaret Alve from the Cancer Society to Tawa Rotary’s meeting on 27 March 2018.
Cancer Society Wellington is an independent charity and 100% community funded. Their combination of local programme delivery, community engagement and national influence enables everyone who cares about cancer to make the biggest possible difference. Together with volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and staff, they are committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community.
Margaret Alve assumed the role as Supportive Care Manager last year. Her former role was Senior Counsellor for the Cancer Society. She leads a team of Supportive Care Nurses, Counsellors and Margaret Stewart House coordinators. Previously Margaret worked for 12 years in family support with the Child Cancer Foundation (Central Division). She is also a full Member of the New Zealand Christian Counsellors’ Association.
Margaret spoke on the services that are available through the Cancer Society. The Cancer Society works closely with the medical staff and supports people who are being treated for cancer, and their families.
She invited us to consider ways to help our health - hugging increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, which is beneficial for stress levels, heart health, and more. A 20-second hug reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate. See more
Why is John Sloan wearing a hat? John was challenged to pick from a choice of 3 Aussie-style hats to wear.
John is leaving Tawa Rotary as he and his wife are settling in Melbourne where they will be close to their family and grandchildren. John has been with New Zealand Rotary for 35+ years, which includes a District role as Assistant Governor. He commented that queries were received about the existence of his wife since she spent many times travelling to Australia to help out with their twin grandchildren.
John is owner of Sloan Risk Management Services - he expects that he will continue to manage insurance and risk management cases.
John, we wish you well in your move to Australia and thank you for your significant service in Rotary.
Photo - shows accompanying hat wearers, fellow Rotarians - Karen Searle and Bruce Phillips with John (centre).