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Kim Silvey

Kim Silvey

Kiaora, my name is Kim Silvey, I am 53, currently living in Whangarei and feel like a 'newbie' to the concept of disability! I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 11 years ago and despite signalling the end of my career as a paediatric nurse specialist at Starship and KidzFirst, it heralded a much altered and expanded, perspective on 'disability': from nursing in a 'medical model' frame of mind to experiencing, advocating for and promoting, a shift to a 'social model' frame of mind.

I work mainly with the disability sector within our community and was both surprised, humbled and honoured to be chosen as part of the Be Leadership Team 2012. Two months into the programme and I feel positively overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the calibre, passion and commitment of our team and I realise I have both a responsibility to live up to both the expectations of Be. Leadership Team and also to myself: commitments I am determined to fulfil, with the help and support of the others.

Kia kaha.