By far our longest serving volunteer, Ruth has been with Volunteering Waikato since 1994, taking care of our accounts. She looks after our MYOB, reconciliations, banking and other accounting type things that confuse the rest of us. Before retiring Ruth worked for 35 years in an office for the combined Rural Bank and Housing Corporation. She continues in her voluntary role to ‘keep her brain ticking over’, she loves gardening, watching sport and chocolate! Ruth enjoys the atmosphere in our offices, describing it as ‘relaxing’. She has seen a lot of change over the years and appreciates the changes that technology and maturity of the organisation have brought.
Member Services & Gift Wrapping Supervisor
Ten years ago Tricia left paid employment, saw an advertisement for a voluntary role with the VW team, and has been here ever since - in a variety of roles. Currently she works with the Member Services team, and enjoys having regular contact with our Member Organisations, and with the wider Volunteering Waikato team. Her annual role of supervising the Christmas Gift Wrapping at The Base is however her favourite role. Tricia is a hands-on grandparent of four, she loves bowls, sports (participating and watching), quiz nights – and Elvis. Tricia believes that nothing is too hard, and “Life is too short to be taken too seriously!”
Ivy joined our new Member Services team just after it was formed in 2015. Having recently retired with her husband from dairy farming she was looking to do something different, something that would stretch her and keep her engaging with different people. She enjoys chatting to our clients over the phone, and loves providing great customer service. Ivy also volunteers at Cambridge I-Site, and enjoys road cycling, mountain biking, gardening and landscaping. Although born in Queensland, Ivy has been in New Zealand since 1976 and has recently become a New Zealand citizen.
Karyn was a member of the Steering Committee that set up Volunteering Waikato in the 1990s and is extremely happy to be now working as a volunteer in the organisation she helped give birth to and which definitely aligns with her philosophy of ‘making a difference’ in the community. After completing her studies in community psychology, she worked in local and national government roles, before buying her own natural health business. She is married, has 2 sons, 2 lovely daughter-in-laws and 5 grandchildren. She loves yoga, tennis, walking, and travel in New Zealand and overseas.
Jo is a sociable person who enjoys meeting new people and giving back when and where she can. With three grown up children that keep her active, she enjoys watching them play sport, walking, Yoga, along with doing crafts. She has been self employed for 18 years but has volunteered in the past with both sports clubs and organisations. Jo found herself wanting to help in the community and socialise in other circles, so originally volunteered to help with the Special Olympics in 2021. Due to Covid-19 the event didn’t happen so she decided to help in another way and started with VW in January 2022.
I recently moved to Ngaruawahia from Tokoroa to help care for grandies. With kids now at secondary school I had time available, so went looking in the voluntary sector. My granddad told me as a child that to help others is one of the most rewarding activities that I could do so… here I am. I have a background in public sector employment and human resource roles and currently work in an op shop, drive people to medical appointments and take an elderly person shopping. The staff here at Volunteering Waikato are welcoming, helpful and there is a great team environment.
I retired at the end of April 2022, and with some spare time on my hands, I decided to do voluntary work to keep me engaged and active. I came to NZ in 2002 and have worked as an ESOL tutor with the migrant community in Auckland. I joined the public sector when I moved to Hamilton and worked there for almost 15 years. In Fiji I was a High School Teacher. Currently I volunteer at VW and Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Glenview. I enjoy these volunteering positions as there is great teamwork and comradeship. In my spare time I like to read, take long walks, cook, and garden.