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The power of true community

"Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be." – Jean Vanier
My mum would be very proud of our community and of the unselfish, compassionate people who put their all in to make our small rural town of Maungaturoto a better place.  Mum spent most of her later years giving time and energy to helping people in need as a community worker and later a chaplain for factory workers and Alzheimer's patients. The irony of it all was that later mum herself ended up with dementia. She passed away in January 2019 at age 86.

We always worried mum would end up in a secure unit - we were fortunate to be able to keep her in her own home. For most in my community, with a family member diagnosed with dementia, it means a trip 45 minutes or more away to Ranburn in Whangarei. For many, the trip is just that bit too far — which is where the power of a true comm…

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