Dear Wellington members,

I want to start by saying that it has nearly been a year since I started working with CCIS, and I just want to thank you all for being so wonderful to me since I started. I have really enjoyed getting to know you all over the phone, seeing you at online members meetings, as well as social meetings.  I am grateful to be able to get to know such a great group of people.

This year has been one of many changes, uncertainty, and Covid stress.  I want you all to know how proud I am of your resilience, and thank you for allowing me to walk alongside you through your health journeys. I love my job, and the interactions I have had with many of you have brought me a lot of joy this year. So for that I thank you, and I hope that you all know that my door is always open for anyone who needs a advice, support, or a chat over the phone with a friendly voice 😊

The season to be jolly is among us, and with that comes a lot of pressure. Sometimes we don’t feel so jolly, and it can also be really exhausting and that is okay! Please be kind to yourselves and remember to pace. You are the expert on you, so if you need to rest please do, if you need to sit something out to look after you, please do. You are important, and so is your health.

We will have Christmas social meetings in December in Wellington, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley. It will be so lovely to see some of you, so please come along! I will be sending some emails with all the information very soon! 😊

I would love to thank our volunteers Frances and Rachel for being so generous with their time, and always so kind. It has really been such a pleasure to work alongside you both!

I will be away during the month of January but will be really looking forward to catching up with everyone when I get back and hearing how everyone’s Christmas went! If you need anything, please contact our office, you will not be alone 😊

I hope you all have a magical Christmas, and I’m looking forward to catching up with you in some form or another before then!

Luisa