Helen Capel

Helen CapelI am a woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I am very passionate about social justice issues and willing to stand up and be counted. My life has been challenging at times and I aim to use these experiences in a positive way.

I believe we need to get away from thinking of disability as "special" and address it as a community issue. Fully resourcing communities would go a long way towards decent and safe access everywhere, and would deal with a lot of other social issues currently impacting on the quality of life of people with disabilities.

I have a wide knowledge of welfare and related issues. I use Facebook to let people know what's happening in the political arena. In 2002, I was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, something I had not aspired to, nor expected!