We are sad to announce that our Chairperson, Ruth Mackintosh, will retire after this year’s AGM on June 20.
Ruth was the driving force behind creating the Association (see Chance for Meadowbank residents to have their say, East and Bays Courier, 10 October 2012). “It’s been nearly four years since we started the Meadowbank and St Johns Residents Association. We’ve grown from a handful of locals to a network of connected neighbours and groups. Starting the group from scratch has been so satisfying” she says.
Since its inception, the Association has held 12 events locally, ranging from open days of local landmarks to educational evenings, and made over 20 submissions advocating on behalf of Meadowbank & St Johns residents to organisations like Auckland Council, Housing New Zealand and Auckland Transport.
“I’m most proud of how we’ve teamed up with other community groups” says Ruth, “especially Orakei Local Board who have been instrumental to our success. They provided financial support and the knowhow to get things done.”
Ruth has been a gregarious leader, master networker, and tireless worker and she will be very much missed by many both inside and outside the Association. “I’m stepping down because I’ve done it for four years. I’ve loved it. It’s been a great opportunity, but it’s time for new blood.”
Ruth is pictured at our Keep NZ Beautiful Pourewa Valley Clean-Up event in September 2015