Harriet (LAC)

Harriet Toa is AccessAbility’s Local Area Coordinator for Dunedin.

Harriet is passionate about walking alongside people within their own communities to build the best life for them. She believes in the value of ‘having a village’ to support positive life experiences and is enthusiastic about working with people to build their village and follow their dreams.

Harriet grew up in Nelson and spent time in Dunedin where she studied at Otago University and met her husband, before moving to Wellington and then back to Dunedin to raise a family.

Harriet is a mum to two girls and has recently graduated asa social worker. Prior to this, and to raising her two children, she worked in a number of roles across the early childhood and special education sectors of the Ministry of Education. Her roles and studies always lead her back into the disability community and this is where her passion lies. She is committed to her local community and is a board member for a community organisation and a member of the PTA.

“I am so excited about my journey as an LAC and about the journey of walking alongside others. Relationships are so important to our lives and the best thing about this role is that it’s all about relationships! I love that I am just a small part of someone’s journey too – it’s all about giving people the tools to go out and live the best life they can – their life!”

In her spare time you will find Harriet out and about with her family, exploring the best of Dunedin. She also loves trying her hand at gardening, knitting and board games but admits she isn’t the best at any of them!

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