On Tuesday 24 November, we held a poroporoaki for Marie Hull-Brown, who is leaving the Mental Health Foundation after more than 27 years. Marie started with us in a job-share role in 1988 when she was 60 years old, and since then has worn many different hats. Most recently she was our mental health promoter for older people and was a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of all older people in New Zealand.
At her poroporoaki, countless people spoke of Marie’s fabulous wit, her remarkable generosity, her deep kindness and commitment to her work.
In her farewell speech, Marie closed with a beautiful quote from Leonard Cohen, some advice for us all “Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Thank you Marie, for everything. We will keep ringing all the bells we can in your honour, advocating the right for all New Zealanders to enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. It has been a true privilege to have worked with you.