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International Volunteer Managers Day 2016

Published on 3rd November 2016

“International Volunteer Managers Day” is a mouthful – but that’s appropriate, given the size of the job our Country Programme Managers (CPMs) do.


VSA has six CPMs working all around the Pacific to create and build relationships with local partners and governments, provide professional and pastoral care for our volunteers, alongside the myriad other things that get thrown their way every day.


November 5 is the day to give special thanks for the work they do – with this year's theme being "One Job, Many Hats". VSA’s annual Congress is being held in Wellington on the same day, and we’ll be taking a moment to send aroha across the Pacific to all of them, and the team in Wellington they work with.


Kei whea kē mai te pai o te mahi nei!


Vanuatu Programme Manager Clemmie Newton and VSA volunteers

Vanuatu Programme Manager Clemmie Newton (front) supporting the NZ Under 20's rugby team with VSA volunteers in Santo


Check out the links below to read about our CPMs, and the work they’re involved in:


Bougainville: Paul Bedggood


Papua New Guinea: Johannes Gambo 


Polynesia: this year CPM Mike Lee left us, replaced by Diane Thorne-George, a former CPM in Vanuatu and Timor-Leste 


Solomon Islands: this year CPM Anita Edgecombe left us, replaced by Kesaya Baba 


Timor-Leste: Victoria Gregory


Vanuatu: Clemmie Newton



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