Change at Cleft NZ

After 6 & 1/2 years, it feels like the right time to pass Cleft NZ, our vision and purpose on to the next group of passionate people.  I became involved because of our beautiful son Oliver.  After that first full on year I thought I”d like to learn more about the system and support new families through what we had just experienced. As time has progressed, so has my understanding and our needs as a family. As our children grow the focus is much more squarely on their needs, their emotional wellbeing, their resilience and the  skillset they need to face sometimes feeling different.  This has been mirrored in Cleft NZ”s growth over the past 6 years. Long may this change and growth continue.

It has been a real joy to work with you all, learn from your experience and wisdom and a true privilege to share in your life stories. I have met amazing parents, awesome kids and inspirational adults.  I have also had the important role of giving voice to those stories and experiences. Thank you for allowing me to share some very personal moments.

I would like to thank the many amazing businesses, funders and other NFP workers who have supported me in my role at Cleft NZ and the services

we have been able to deliver because of their help. There are too many to list, but without them and the volunteers who have worked at Cleft NZ there would be no organisation.

I believe that with understanding, information, fun and hope for an amazing future anything is possible.   I still have a real passion for Cleft NZ”s vision and a belief that lived experience together with professional expertise is a powerful force for positive change.   It is an important function of what Cleft NZ “is,” to work collaboratively with professionals. Over the past 6 years I have been lucky to get to know many of them from all around NZ and a few from over the ditch. I am impressed by their skill and their committment to our children, and an openness to change.   Face it Together we can make a difference! 🙂

I sincerely hope that the momentum Cleft NZ has built up over the past 30 years continues to grow. That we are collectively able to support individuals born with cleft to reach their full potential.

So it is bye for now.  If you are in Auckland I may see you at the Xmas party, otherwise maybe on Facebook.  (Kenny and Davina will make me Facebook literate yet!!)

Susan Frear