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Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Allie Downing

Main Meeting - 4 April 2018

Guest Speaker: Allie Downing  Hibiscus Hospice

 "The Hospice Service and for Whom?”
Having been the primary caregiver for her terminally ill mother, Allie is passionate about engaging with the community; busting myths that are commonly held; and sharing information about the “wrap around” services that Hospice provides.

Prior to her Mum’s illness, Allie had a successful sales and marketing career. After her passing, Allie recognised that she wanted something more suited to her values and sought a job with Hospice where she is able to share their work.

Allie has now been with Hibiscus Hospice for three years. She tells us that this is the most rewarding role she has ever had the pleasure of holding.

The “Hospice Hug” – our wrap-around services

By using a fictional family, Allie will share their Hospice journey in a way that will dispel commonly held myths and provide a better understanding of their services. Allie likens the wrap-around services Hospice provides to the “Hospice Hug” which better demonstrates their care of the total person from mind, body and spirit to the support of their family and loved ones.

Come and enjoy a warm and engaging talk with Allie – you may well be surprised! 


Overview of our Monthly Meetings

The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.

The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.

Previous Speakers
6 March 2018 Ros Giffney "An Orchestra for Social Change" 

6 Feb 2018 Special Interest Groups "Celebrating NZders"

5 Dec 2017 Colin McColl "Directing - The Invisible ART"

7 Nov 2017 Dr Stephen Hoadley "TRUMP in New Zealand"

3 Oct 2017 Karen Blake “How the Starship Foundation supports our Nation’s Children’s Hospital”

5 Sept 2017 Linda Vagana "Duffy Books in Homes – More than just Books"

1 Aug 2017 David Boyle "You can’t always get what you want
- but we keep trying"

4 Jul 2017 Celia Caughey "Enlightening Experiences from Vietnam"

Jun 2017 Jo Lloyd "My Journey with Autism"

May 2017 Alex Wilson "How Old is Civilisation" 

Apr 2017 Gary Higgins "Biosecurity in New Zealand"