Alison is the National Co-ordinator for the Christian Early Childhood Education Assn of Aotearoa (CECEAA).
A Chartered Accountant by training, Alison has worked as a Playcentre Supervisor, ECE teacher, Centre Manager and Community Ministries Pastor for Spreydon Baptist Church, Christchurch.
What was your early life like?
I was born in England at a time of social conflict – the miners’ strikes and the IRA bombings in England. I remember, during these times, the freedom of roaming alone as a young child through the countryside around my home at Ruddington, holidays to the seaside taking 11 hours to get there, jousting at Nottingham Castle and the annual Goose Fair.
While in my early teens we moved to Christchurch after the divorce of my parents. These early experiences of loss of home, country and whole family played a large influence on my passion and desire to support children and families who find themselves in difficult circumstances. New Zealand took a while to settle into. I remember marvelling at how warm it was even in winter, how amazing it was to get to the sea or mountains so quickly and how everyone had such big sections after the “Coronation St” type houses I was used to in Ruddington. It took a while to get used to the fact of travel with no motorways, few towns and so few people.
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