Pauline wrote and performed a 10-minute theatrical piece, “A spark within,” for the 2017 Auckland Short and Sweet Festival. “A spark within,” initiates the important conversation about the power of music, especially for our senior citizens in care. Pauline is passionate about finding ways to ensure that every person, in every rest home bedroom, has access to the music they love/loved, regardless of cognitive dysfunction. She hopes to make this a reality by involving grandchildren, family, friends, non-profit organisations and wider corporate communities.
For over 25 years Pauline has been a support person for families whose children had strokes. This resulted from her experiences after her 10-year-old daughter had a brain haemorrhage and stroke at school. In her late 40’s Pauline researched, “The Impact of trauma on siblings,” for a Bachelor’s Degree. The NZ Stroke Foundation published her dissertation in their consensus document “Life After Stroke.” Building on her 45 years in Education, she has, as a marriage and funeral celebrant, assisted many in celebrating life’s major transitions.
In October 2009, Pauline was awarded, “Woman of the Year” by North Shore Women’s Centre, Auckland.
In 2012, she was honoured as a ‘Paul Harris Fellow,’ through the East Coast Bay’s Rotary Club, Auckland.
As a motivational speaker for over 25 years Pauline is excited about being part of AGE CONCERNS EYERYONE conference because she has witnessed the need for age- friendly communities to work together embracing individual and group strengths regardless of age. Pauline believes our young people can play a vital role interacting with aged communities. Pauline has excellent rapport with young people and is often asked by ex-students to be the funeral celebrant for their parents and grandparents. Pauline is still officiating at ex-students’ weddings. She has been key note speaker for many conferences, school leavers assemblies and community groups. Young people can contribute so much to age friendly communities.
Pauline has published three books: Beyond the veil. A view from within and Songs of life.