Korero with Susan
Kia ora koutou, ngā mihinui
Well, we are certainly in strange times, and we wondered whether putting out a newsletter right now was appropriate. But then we thought about how important community is, and how we must bolster our support for each other throughout this period to be sure we come through it as strong as possible. Community is, after all, what the science of human development tells us we all need to thrive physically, intellectually and socially; whether that is community within our families and whānau, our broader neighbourhood communities, or our national and international communities.
As a team, we are now operating from home as best we can. While we are not able to provide sessions for families at the Centre, we are able to connect with each of our families through phone or electronic media to help them get through this period. Some families will weather the lockdown very well; while for others it will be extremely stressful, particularly those who have children who are unwell. Our parents and caregivers are always our champions; in these difficult times they are gold medal Olympians.
So, without in any way making light of the current situation, we thought we would share with you some items we had 'prepared earlier' and some we are working on while we are closed. You will find some news from our incredible community supporters. You will also see that we are looking to the future and to the building of an even stronger community presence through expanding our volunteer crew.
By the time our next newsletter enters your inbox, I hope that our lives will have settled down; but in the meantime rest assured that we will be keeping our Champion Centre communities 'in the loop' via email, Facebook and www.championcentre.org.nz.
Noho ora mai,
Dr Susan Foster-Cohen
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