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The Featherston Community Centre provides a community space for services, ongoing or one-off events, activities and classes for public and private users and promotes a high level of well-being to the Community by acting as a pivotal point in the co-ordination and delivery of appropriate services to the People of Featherston and the wider South Wairarapa.

VISION

The Featherston Community Centre enhances the well-being of the entire community.

Portrait of Siv Fjærestad

Siv Fjærestad (Centre Manager)

 

Centre Manager

Siv Beate Fjærestad has been the Centre Manager since May 2012. Originally from Norway, she has a strong background in the arts having complete a Fine Arts degree in London and has spent time managing a successful art space and gallery in Wellington before shifting to Featherston in 2010.

As Manager, her role is to focussed on the day-to-day running of the Centre. This includes administering and scheduling bookings, co-ordinating the Centre's many volunteers, organising the maintenance and upkeep of the premises, managing access to the Centre, maintaining the newsletter and the Centre's online presence, assisting the Board with funding applications and generally tending to anything and everything else required in the running of a successful community centre.

Featherston Community Centre Charitable Trust Board:

The Board meets monthly. Its purpose is to set the vision, mission and direction for the Centre and determine how the Centre should operate by way of policy. Its role also includes overseeing financial matters such as budgeting and funding.

We strive for a Board that reflects the diversity of the community and the needs of the Trust. There are nine board positions and provision to co-opt 2 additional members. We currently have two vacancies. Interested? Please contact the board chair, Paul Mason at 027 282 8201 for information.

The members of the board are Paul Mason (Chair) Emily Greenberg (secretary), Maud Bot (treasurer), Rupert Watson, Patsy Wooles,  and Marika Stubbs. New members are always welcome.

Paul Mason (Chairperson)

Paul Mason:

Paul Mason - I've always been impressed with how the Centre services the community, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to be on the Board, to help make a difference and to help make the Centre thrive. I'm also in Rotary and the Featherston Ratepayer and Residents Assoc. I'm a keen musician and enjoy entertaining resthomes around the Wairarapa with my guitar.

Maud Bot (Treasurer)

Maud Bott:

I am newly moved to Featherston and being a Board member is a great way to meet new people and give back my skills and time. I am positively surprised with the professionalism I found in the Community Centre. It is a great asset for the region. In my free time I am small-time farmer. I love being part of the Wairarapa.

Emily Greenberg (Secretary)

Emily Greenberg:

I am passionate about helping Featherston maintain this building as a well-loved community centre. In return I've gained valuable Board experience that has helped me in my career. I have also been able to meet a wide number of people that has made me feel more a part of our town.

Rupert Watson (Committee Member)

Rupert Watston:

Rupert Watston - is currently swanning about overseas. When he isn't, he is a valuable Board member and a Feldenkrais instructor at the Centre. This gentle movement class offers a range of benefits for your body and nervous system. Rupert is also a musician and accomplished athlete in cross country, racewalking and track and field.

Patsy Wooles (Committee Member)

Patsy Wooles:

Patsy Wooles - I enjoy being on the Board and appreciate the Centre's value to the wider community. During the last eighteen months I've focused on staffing and supporting Siv in her role as the Centre's manager. We are always looking for VOLUNTEERS! I love living in Featherston and appreciate the diversity of people and our many talents.

Marika Stubbs (Committee Member)

Marika Stubbs:

I am a Registered Nurse and medical student. I see the role of the Community Centre as an important place for community to come together to share interests, learn new skills and maintain social ties. My favorite thing about being on the Board is feeling a sense of contributing to our community and meeting new people - especially the amazing volunteers.