Outstanding volunteer receives lifetime membership
4 April 2014
She’s been an outstanding volunteer for Dress for Success Wellington and last week Kristeen Johnston’s hard work was recognised at the Dress for Success Wellington AGM.
Current Dress for Success Wellington Board President, Helen Trim says that the meeting was unanimous in supporting Kristeen’s lifetime membership.
“Given the expansive nature of Kristeen’s contribution, not least the hard work done by her in putting us on the map with Dress for Success Worldwide, this was a strong way to honour a significant volunteer,” says Helen.
Kristeen is thrilled with the recognition and humble about her contribution to others.
“I was delighted to receive such recognition for a volunteering job I absolutely love! It is a privilege to assist our clients to achieve their goals and to work among such wonderful and inspiring volunteers,” writes Kristeen on Facebook.
She started volunteering with Dress for Success Wellington in 2007 after a long career with Johnson and Johnson Medical.
“In those early days the organisation was still ‘finding its feet’ and operated on a bit of a shoe string but I was soon put to work sorting, washing, ironing and mending clothing,” says Kristeen.
She then moved on to become a personal dresser before being appointed Volunteer Coordinator in 2008 and seconded to the Board. In 2009 she was appointed Vice President and in 2010 appointed President. Along the way Kristeen also worked with the Dress for Success National Council and represented Wellington at the annual leadership conference for affiliates in the US.
“Becoming a volunteer at Dress for Success Wellington was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I could hold a position on a board let alone be a President.
“I love every aspect of my volunteering time – working in the sales, helping with events, clothing management and of course the client dressings.
“Not only has volunteering allowed me to learn new skills (and put some learnt ones to good use) but with my volunteer colleagues, I have made wonderful life-time friendships,”says Kristeen.
Kristeen’s Board tenure ended in 2012, but it is testament to how much she enjoys volunteering with Dress for Success Wellington that she remains a fully committed volunteer to this day.
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