Ko Heather Lowery-Kappes tōku ingoa
Nō Canada ahau
Ko Ontario taku tūrangawaewae
I tipu ake ahau i Kirikiriroa
Kei Kirikiriroa kei Tauranga Moana hoki ōku kāinga inaianei
He Kairapura ahau ki Te Whare Wānga o Waikato, ki aku ake mahi hoki
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katua
My name is Heather Lowery-Kappes, I was born in Ontario, Canada and grew up in Hamilton, NZ. I currently live and work in Hamilton and Tauranga for the University of Waikato and in private practice. As a member of CDANZ since 2007 and current Fellow, I am incredibly proud to be the new CDANZ National President. I am excited to be working with a fantastic team on the National Executive for my association. We have a very busy year ahead of us with many major projects, which we have been working towards, that are about to come to fruition. I look forward to a strong and prosperous future for CDANZ and its members.
I would like to thank Jennie Miller who has now stepped down as the CDANZ President into the role of Immediate Past President supporting the National Executive for another year. Jennie stepped into the president role at very short notice and in her three year term has been an amazing advocate for the association. Because of Jennie CDANZ steps into the future with stronger relationships with a number of key government agencies and international career development associations. We appreciate her incredible energy, commitment and passion for our industry and the value it provides of our members and association. The National Executive and its members are indebted to Jennie for all her work and we hope that she get to have much more time for herself and her family.
We are also losing Jo Davies as Secretary of the National Executive. Anyone who attended Tuesday nights National AGM (or watched the video) will have seen just a fraction of the professional, detailed and commitment that Jo has put into this year in the form of the remits and a well-run online AGM. We wish Jo well as she steps off the National Executive; the association and our members are enriched by Jo’s input.
Thank you also to the wonderful National Executive Team, and welcome to Cherie Perrow. We have a big year ahead but I know we are well placed for some fantastic new changes.