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Jacquie Jarry has a history of community work, aside from being a mum of five and a grandmother, she’s the Manager of Neighbourhood Support North Shore in Brown’s Bay, Toughlove rep for North Shore and has previously been Highbury House Manager. Jacquie answered a few questions from Courtney Bennett of Channel Magazine and Browns Bay Magazine about her work in the East Coast Bays and North Shore community and the importance of community groups in our local area.
COURTNEY BENNETT: Can you tell us about your work in Neighbourhood support?
JACQUIE JARRY: My role is to support interested residents of the North Shore to set up Neighbourhood Support Groups in their street. I either do this directly myself, or in some areas I have trained coordinators who are able to do this role.
CB: What do you like most about being involved in the community and why is it important?
JJ: What I like best are the people. I love people and I love connecting them. People need to feel like they belong somewhere. My job helps this to happen.
CB: What do you enjoy most about your local area?
JJ: We cover the whole of the North Shore but what I most enjoy is discovering the unique flavour, ethnic mix and character of each suburb.
CB: What’s your favourite part about living on the North Shore?
JJ: How safe we are, and how caring and creative each suburb is.
CB: Do you have any favourite community events you look forward to?
JJ: Gathering Neighbourhood Support Group leaders, Police Days, Community Know your Neighbour Days. I just love attending these to catch up with old friends and meet new people.
CB: Who are the people you admire most and why?
JJ: I admire people who open their hearts, lives and homes to others in their streets.
CB: Anything you feel we could do better as a community?
JJ: Lol that’s easy… set up more Neighbourhood Support Groups so more neighbours are more connected. Make our streets more like mini villages.
CB: What do you do in your spare time?
JJ: Paint, put on events, kayak, make happy pages, go away in my little caravan with my husband and visit my grandchildren.
CB: What are you looking forward to doing in Summer?
JJ: Swimming, swimming and more swimming, caravanning, kayaking, drinking wine with friends and neighbours and being asked to neighbourhood group parties.
CB: In my next life, I’m going to come back as…
JJ: I believe in my next life which will be in heaven I’ll be a party planner…. and enjoy the job of decorating the big banquet tables.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 59 October 2015