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Care Association New Zealand

Why CANZ? Because CANZ can!!

Tribute

Victoria Barbara Brown

18 November 1950 – 4 June 2019

Victoria’s has always been part of a large Whangarei Whanau and she understood the responsibility of caring for the elderly and she knew that services for the elderly were being relegated to the forgotten basket. Victoria managed Komatua care centre for 37 years with the support of her sister, Bess, her nieces and many local staff.

Victoria’s many skills, her passionate zeal and her strong advocacy ensured that she would also become an advocate and leader in the field of dementia. She was the voice for those individuals suffering from this devastating illness and for their families who struggled with the crippling effects of dementia.

As the representative of Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) Victoria regularly met with sector policy makers and representatives in charge of the aged care sector to seek a just outcome for the smaller stand alone facilities, ensuring that they were not forgotten as they fulfil such an important place in New Zealand’s aged care sector. Victoria always fought for a fair and just outcome.

The aged care sector has lost a true advocate who ensured that the voice of the providers was heard.

Victoria, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on 4 June 2019.

Her strength throughout was admirable, courageous and brave.

Let’s keep in mind the importance of telling your nearest and dearest how much you love them and what they mean to you while they are alive! Don’t wait until it is too late!

Gone but never forgotten!

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