Communication - Wendy Betteridge
Wendy has a strong desire to see many more connections taking place within Porirua. She believes that Shine, and its relationship with all aspects of Our Porirua, provides a real opportunity to increase connectedness throughout the city. Working with Shine satisfies two of the things that give her the greatest pleasure, meeting people and writing. Her enthusiasm and positive spirit is contagious. She unconsciously uses all her meetings, engagement, writing and online communications to break down the kinds of barriers that hold communities in little pockets and, in doing so, brings people together.
Wendy is a member of the Rotary Club of Plimmerton, a Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire Pin, was its President in 2000 and an Assistant Governor of the District in 2001. She was District Training Convenor and Facilitator for five years from 2002 and co-ordinated the District Rotary Youth Leadership Award Programme from 2011-2013. Outside of her Rotary responsibilities, she is a Trustee of e-Learning Porirua, the organisation that manages the Our Porirua initiative. She has been the President of a number of organisations such as the New Zealand Association for Psychological Type and the Wellington Branch of the National Speakers Association of New Zealand. She is a qualified Accredited Professional Speaker. Through her company, Lasting Impact, she has been delivering training and development workshops for over twenty years.
Wendy is an author and her book, ‘it’s your thoughts that count' – 'how to use your thoughts to transform your life’ has won a global e-book Award. It’s based on the experience she has gained from training leaders and managers in many aspects of communication. Her book also draws on other experiences - playing hockey for England, coaching sporting teams to victory, being a mother of four children and working in the corporate world as a Human Resource and Training Manager.