My name is Cate Walton and I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and I work alongside Bronnie at the MS & Parkinson’s Canterbury for 6 hours a week, usually Tuesdays.
I grew up and lived all my life in Wellington until 2012 when my husband Chris and I moved to Christchurch so he could join the team at SCIRT. We are enjoying living in Christchurch very much, love the city and the people and have settled into our new home with our two dogs.
I worked as a RN at Porirua Psychiatric Hospital and later after completing my Plunket Certificate, I have worked as a Plunket Nurse, both in the community and as a PlunketLine TeleNurse. I have also worked as a Practice Nurse, a Research Nurse and after completing my training to be an Early Childhood teacher, in education as well.
I completed a Master’s in Nursing in 2006 through Massey University and a Graduate Diploma in Social Science Research in 2011. Currently I am studying towards a Master’s in Counselling at Canterbury University.
I am also the mother of four adult children, three boys and a daughter. The boys live and work in Wellington and my daughter is working at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. We are hoping that we may get to visit her there before she moves on to other places.
I like knitting and reading and spending time on Skype and Facebook keeping up with my children’s lives. I also love to learn new things and meet new people.
I have a special interest in how people support each other through such activities as volunteering and other forms of social support. I am looking forward to meeting and making connections with members and hope we get to meet soon!
Also in May 2015 issue:
Faye: Pushing Boundaries Despite MS
Ingrid: My Oceans of Hope Experience
Rod: I did the Upbeat Outward Course
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