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Thirty-year-old Mai Mostafa is a Churton Park resident and has taken over the role as advocate for the local community centre. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
“After the crafting programme at Amesbury ended, I had emails from several parents asking me whether I would offer any courses during the holidays so I did that,” Mai explains. She says her passion for crafting will also play a role in her position as community centre advocate. “I’d like to bring more activities for kids to Churton Park because they often have to go to Johnsonville or further for after-school
programmes. “And I would like to try and bring the people of different cultures who live here together. Perhaps we will organise a few multi-cultural-events where people will get the chance to share something about their home country.” The Churton Park Community Centre’s drop-in lounge opens Monday-Friday, from 10am-2pm. Contact Mai via Mai.Mostafa@ wcc.govt.nz.
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Churton Park Community Centre has a new advocate after Tracey Read resigned at the end of last year. Mai Mostafa started her new role last week and says working for the community centre is a dream job. “I love community work, supporting others and doing good things in my neighbourhood. This is my field,” Mai says. The mother-of-two and her husband left their home country Egypt about nine years ago to live and work in Saudi Arabia. “It was a culture shock for me. I couldn’t do anything in that country,” Mai says. They took on another chance and moved to Dubai which was a much more positive experience for the young family. “I was in the hospital giving birth to our second child when my husband received a call with a job offer in New Zealand. I didn’t even know where New Zealand was then, but we said ‘yes’ instantly.” Speaking Arabic and French fluently, Mai studied hard and learned English to be able to communicate. After the Mostafa family moved to Churton Park, Mai started to work for Volunteer Wellington while taking courses to further her English skills and learn more about the Kiwi culture. She also volunteered for Amesbury School running crafting workshops and helping out in the school library.
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Independent Herald 31-01-18