WHEN AND HOW DID YOU JOIN THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY: I was 15 and at school at the time, after school I had a part time job filling shelves at the local New World supermarket close to the high school I was attending. I approached my careers advisor at school asking her to organise a weeks work experience with a funeral home following a morbid curiosity. That was in 1995, in 1996 my curiosity was growing so I went back to the careers advisor and asked for another weeks work experience, this time with a busier firm. I was sent to John Rhind Funeral Directors in Christchurch, a funeral home where I would spend close to the next 15 years working, until a move to Wellington in 2009 where I am currently the sales manager for Regal Manufacturers Ltd. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: Helping our my industry colleagues by supplying them with the best funeral products. MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR INDUSTRY CAREER: Being NZEA President during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, being a part of the DVI Team at a management level and also at a hands on level, in the mortuary preparing those who unfortunately lost their lives and working with other industry colleagues to achieve a common goal under trying circumstances. WHEN DID YOU QUALIFY: I qualified from CIT in Embalming in 2000, and qualified as a Funeral Director from Weltec in 2010. WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AWAY FROM WORK: Spending time with my rather large family, trips away, watching sports and movies.
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