All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
—John Kenneth Galbraith

Dear members

There’s been a lot of talk about wellbeing, resiliency, stress, etc in Canterbury. We’re told we’re pretty resilient and that we should look after each after and we have done that incredibly well. They’re hard times though for some in our community and if you are the person trying to hold someone or some community up, these times can get a little overwhelming.

CanCERN is hosting our first workshop of the year on Tuesday 19 March at Wainoni Methodist Church and it’s an open invitation to anyone who actively supports the wellbeing of others in the community. The purpose of the meeting is to explore what we really see happening to individual, families and communities around us, what is already in place to support good wellbeing and what we as community leaders, neighbours and friends might need to help us to help others.

We’ve got guest speakers from CERA, Mental Health Foundation, Health Christchurch and Christchurch City Council to come and tell us about their roles in supporting people in the community and three great workshop conversations planned. Coffee and nibbles are on offer so we need you to rsvp to by Friday 15 March.

If you want to check out the finer details of the evening, please click the link CanCERN Wellbeing Workshop Agenda. Feel free to pass this invitation far and wide – we’re all playing a role in supporting someone, somewhere. Let’s be armed with the tools and resources we need to do it well.

There’s a lot in this newsletter but it’s important stuff too so grab a coffee and have a good read.


Brian and Leanne