April, one of the instructors in Christchurch, shared this:
“Grace has been an awesome colleague and friend to the AST instructor team. She enjoys a phat chat in the office and chewing over some of the challenging topics in life. She is well-known for her home experiments, whether it is growing veges, making rongoa remedies and harvesting native flora and trying to propagate it.
“Something we admire about Grace is her focus on living a faith-based life and being intentional with this journey. Even during the busy instructing year she makes an effort to be a part of her church community and serve in this space.
“We wish you all the best Grace and know you will bring joy wherever you go.”
Tim (our CEO) says, “Grace worked for us as an outdoor instructor in Christchurch for over 3 years. Over that time, she has become a highly experienced and qualified instructor, with NZOIA qualifications Rock 1, Kayak 1 and Bush 1. She also was awarded the NZOIA Emerging Instructor award last year, which is a huge achievement!
Grace, you have been awesome to have on the team. And I’m sure we will see you around, helping out where you can.”
“We’ll miss you Gracey! Love your positive attitude towards everything. Stay in touch.” – Anita
“Thank you, Grace, for being the biggest smile in every room!” – Bex
“Best of luck with any future fishing, Grace.” – Anna
“Congrats on the move, Grace. Bloody legend!” – Tom
“All the best Gracie! Have loved hanging out with you and singing with you at staff retreat. You’re a little ray of sunshine and we all love you and will miss you. Take care and go well!” – Brenda
“We love Grace! Always a pleasure stealing you away from Christchurch to spend time with us up in the Auckland tea. Quality human being right there.” – Jeff
“A rad human who’s super fun to work and hang out with!! Thanks for always being entertaining to be around! Stay swell and we’ll be sure to see you around the South Island!!” – Caitlin
“We miss you so much already, Grace. Thanks for your kindness, fun and encouragement for me personally AND for all the people you’ve worked with at Adspecs. Hopefully see you soon anyway!!” – Grace
“You’re a legend, Grace, thanks for being so cool!!!” – Oli
The team at Purapura Whetu Trust say, “Thank you Grace for your mahi with us here at Purapura Whetu! Kua hua te marama! All the best for whatever’s next.”
Adrienne says, “Grace is a legend! The students are lucky to have been under her guidance. An entertaining memory would have been our ‘Leave No Trace’ fire antics. Or toasting massive marshmellows in the pouring rain .. All the best for your next chapter Grace!”