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.
aged care sector has lost a true advocate who ensured that the voice of the
providers was heard.
passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on 4
strength throughout was admirable, courageous and brave.
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!
but never forgotten!