My retirement party was an incredible occasion. I’m still feeling overwhelmed with the speeches, gifts, and the amazing people who came to farewell me – some of whom I hadn’t seen for years. It was a beautifully organised ceremony and I’m just so grateful to all those who made it a speical time. Mayor Lianne Dalziel said many kind words, and she took a selfie with me.
Someone (I think it would be Wendy and Glenda) put together a wonderful Memory Book with pictures and messages.
The Board gave me the most beautiful carving of a matau form with a manaia. It’s made from Aotea stone which is bluish and found in only one place in the world, in South Westland. Known as Hine Aotea, it is a special healing stone which carries the essence of divine female energy – a perfect choice.
I (of course) read a rhyming verse I’d written for the occasion, part of which said:
“Although VolCan may now be Ruthless
it never ever will be toothless
in good hands it will go ahead
the volunteering word will spread.”