MS and Parkinson’s President, Tessa Kain is dedicated to improving and increasing the services offered to members in order to assist them to live well with their conditions. Tessa has worked in South East Asia, the UK as well as here in NZ with a background in business development and fundraising. Her interest in neurological conditions developed as a result of 10 years’ experience in the aged care sector. Tessa believes that MSPC can provide the highest level of professional support and services for those with MS or Parkinson’s empowering them to live the best lives they can, whatever their age or stage. She is proud to work with the committee towards these goals and a bright future for the Society at BrainTree.
I have been Treasurer of the Society since 2013 and a committee member since 2007. I have been a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years and am a Director of a company providing financial services to schools throughout New Zealand. Our company has also developed financial reporting software for the school financial reporting.
I have previously served on the Boards of Dress for Success Christchurch and CanBreathe Canterbury. I was chair of Dress for Success for 3 years and led strategic changes including reinvigorating financial priorities, implementing new funding strategies and acquiring new premises.
My professional experience is in management and leadership across the fields of Education, Local Government and Enterprise.
I have been a Committee member for over 20 years including 17 years as President. I was also the President of Multiple Sclerosis NZ for 8 years and I am still a committee member. I have also been a member of Parkinson's NZ regional Committee for 6 years. I was the General Manager of an office product company with over 100 staff, for 20 years. Jeannie, my wife was diagnosed with MS in 1974. I am a Life Member of MS and Parkinson's Canterbury.
In 2018, after over 20 years in the Security Industry I wanted a change of direction which led me to Disabled Persons Assembly – Christchurch & Districts. I work part time as the Kaituitui (weavers who stitch together many threads of knowledge in their community) and Administrator. We identify system barriers and develop and advocate for solutions.
Having been diagnosed with MS in April 1999, I am excited about the path we are taking with the BrainTree Wellness Centre alongside Dementia Canterbury, and the positive impact it will have on both members and staff. Sharing the premises with other health services and having a place to gather and chill out after a workout in the gym will be great.