the chris ruth centre board of trustees
Married with 3 adult children. Camille, our youngest child has been attending the Centre since 2002. I have been a member of the Board since 2005 and also was Accounts/Payroll person at the Centre until end of 2017.
Paul has had involvement in the Not for Profit Sector for many years starting with Board membership for the local school where his 3 boys attended from the start of Tomorrows Schools. He is also currently on the Boards of two other entities involved with youth development and young adults in Canterbury. As a West Coaster he has a fond connection to Greymouth and its surrounding area and is involved in the history of the area. Paul works in the education sector and is a chartered accountant
I am the mother of 2 young children - Molly is 6 and attends Leeston Consolidated School and Charlie is 4 and attends pre-school at Lincoln University.
While we live in Leeston, my husband Scott and I both work in Lincoln Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research - a Crown Research Institute (CRI). I work full time as a financial land systems accountant - as part of this roll I prepare tax returns, work with external auditors, perform internal audits, write financial reports and commentary, produce full year budgets and forecasts and I also manage a team of 4 accounts staff. In addition to that I support and maintain our financial system. On a personal note I am the sister of Christopher Ruth and I am extremely interested in being involved with the Centre and the people who work and attend there.
hon margaret austin
Margaret Austin was elected to Parliament in 1984. Formerly she was a Science Teacher and Education Administrator and held a Teaching Fellowship at Canterbury University in 1970 and a Commonwealth Education Fellowship in London in 1980. She was involved in the establishment of the NZ Science Teachers Association and the NZ Educational Administration Society.
Margaret was awarded the MNZM in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1997, made a Companion of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management in 2003. She was awarded the CNZM in the New Year Honours 2008 and received a D.Sc (honoris casua) from Lincoln University in 2006.
Since leaving Parliament at the end of 1996 she has had a variety important and leading roles involving the Minister of Education (1996), UNESCO, Presidents of National Commission Worldwide, Osteoporosis NZ, Centre for Reproductive Medicine (Christchurch), Council of the Royal Society (NZ) and Science Education and Technology . She was Patron of Rutherford's Den and a Board Member of Science Alive (Christchurch).
Currently Margaret is Patron of Chris Ruth Centre and the Wainoni Avonside Community Society. After leading the Aoraki MacKenzie Starlight Working Party she was a Board member from 2007-2018. Since 2012 she has been a Member of the Civic Music Council and currently its President.
I am married with two adult children. Michael our youngest has Cerebral Palsy and has attended the Centre since he turned 21.
I joined the board in June 2009. As a parent I am very grateful that the Centre exists and want to see it maintain the high standards of care and support it provides for and to adults with special needs. The staff are wonderful and help the clients have meaningful lives.
I work part time as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and when time permits I enjoy reading and quilting.