A Word from the Chair ..... Mrs Marjorie Dunne
I thought I should introduce myself to you as your New Chair Person especially those of you who have not met me at previous functions. My name is Marjorie Dunne and yes, I am a woman! For the first time in the history of the Fiji Cultural & Social Club (FCSC) a female takes on this role.
This demonstrates the FCSC is moving with the times and recognises the importance and dedication that all its members including woman play in making this club successful.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank those that nominated me especially as they appear to have the abundance of confidence in me!! The exiting Chair, John Nainoca reminded me it is the Year of the Woman, so it seems fitting that I take up the gauntlet and fill the big shoes he has left behind. Fortunately, John remains on the Committee taking up the role of Treasurer, so is on hand to help and advise me as I adjust to my new position.
So, what have you all let yourselves in for? Well, let me give you some background information on myself so you know what type of person I am.
I was born in Fiji and came to the UK when I was 6 months old, my mother Teresa Maravu Kaloudau- Taylor is from Nasaqalau, Lakeba and my first dad Karalo Kaloudau-Taylor from Naloto, Tailevu. My second Dad most of you know already Isikeli Maravau Nacamavuto hails from Qarani, Gau.
I am married to Thomas Dunne and have 4 children: Laurel, Karalo, Caitlin and Liam. I work full time as a Nurse and have 30 years’ experience caring for patients with kidney failure in various senior nursing roles.
Recently I completed a MSc in Professional Practice in Leading Change in Clinical Practice. I like to keep busy and often volunteer for jobs and take on responsibilities that will benefit the wider community: at church, I participate as a Eucharistic Minister and Liturgical Minister during mass and Lead sessions in Children’s Liturgy as well as encourage young adults in their journey of faith in the role of Confirmation Catechist.
been a committee member of the FCSC for several years and have stepped in as
Mistress of Ceremonies on several occasions at social events. So, I am not shy
to speak in front of a crowd and as a nurse not afraid to stand up for my
patients and in turn I will be your voice too.
It has only been a short time since I was voted in, but I would like to share my initial thoughts with you:
Currently the immediate focus lies with our next event – your committee members and I our working hard and concentrating our efforts on preparing for this social function.
I look forward to meeting you all then and rely on your support.