4/10/13 Submitted by staff


AC Hamilton President Jenny Magee with Shannon Bowden, Jenny Calderwood, Rose Rodin, Evelyn Weir ACNZ National President and Sue Moroney MP. Photo by staff.

Three well deserving people were named Dignity Champions at Age Concern Hamilton's IDOP Celebrations on Friday 4 October. They are Shannon Bowden, Rose Rodin and Jenny Calderwood.

Shannon Bowden who is the Tenancy Manager for Hamilton City Council was nominated because she treats their tenants as individuals, supporting them to set their own goals for an improved quality of life,  She treats them with respect making sure they understand the Council documents and processes to ensure everything runs smoothly.  She shows patience and kindness and will go the extra mile for their tenants.

Rose Rodin is 78 years old and is currently writing a book called “Love Springs Eternal”. She has a strong, humble and caring nature and was nominated because she works to bring comfort and cheer to older people in residential care by playing the mouth organ to entertain the residents. As a speaker of German, Rose translates and writes letters for older people in hospital and in the community who want to maintain contact with relatives overseas. She is an advocate for patient rights when older people find it hard to stand up for themselves due to illness or disability.

Jenny Calderwood works for Crosslight Trust which is part of the West Hamilton Anglican Parish. She runs a CAFÉ group there which stands for Creative Activities For the Elderly. Jenny also visits older people in their own homes to support the café activities. She was nominated because she has developed meaningful and dignified activities for older people in a failure free environment. She draws on and encourages the skills of people to achieve a sense of purpose. She shows patience and kindness while creating opportunities for the emotional, spiritual, cultural and physical wellbeing of older people.

These three are most deserving of these awards.