Natasha Cloete – Staff Spotlight January 2024

๐Ÿ˜€ Staff Spotlight ๐Ÿ‘‹ Kia ora to Natasha Cloete!

TRANSCRIPT: Hey! Happy New Year 2024! I hope you all had a good holiday. Maybe some of you worked through the holidays, but still, it’s great to enjoy summer in December and January! Getting together with your friends etc. I’m sure you agree! Some of you will go back to work soon… right?! Oh, hold on…

*looking at someone* what? Spotlight? Now? What do I talk about? Myself? Oh, right, right… sorry, I was interrupted.

Anyway… I’m Natasha, I’m from Auckland.

*looking at someone* What do I talk about? Work? Oh, my role? Right, right, sorry. I need to keep this short.

*back to camera* So… looking back… oh, that’s right, it’s 2024! In August this year, it will be 10 years since I’ve been working at Deaf Aotearoa! It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long! I remember in August 10 years ago, I saw a job advertisement and applied for it. It was for the Community Relations Officer – CRO. Then I saw an ad for a First Signs Facilitator, and I applied for that. I have worked these jobs for a few years, supporting the community and people supporting service users… wow, that experience helped me grow through work, going through the paces. I love working with people, supporting them and making a difference in various people’s lives. I love that. Then a few years later, my boss was promoted, so I thought why not apply for the vacancy? I successfully got the job, sharing the role with another team leader – Lara! It was the two of us, and it was a fantastic experience, supporting each other, growing, levelling up our skills, and being active at work. Looking back… time flew by so fast! And the First Signs service grew so much, getting so many referrals!

I have also been a small part of many projects – like NZSL Week, ACE workshops, and many others. I learned on the job, learned new skills, and various professional roles, so I really enjoyed dipping my toes into different things, and I love that about working at Deaf Aotearoa. Last year, First Signs service grew so much, with Youth service on top too, so that meant we needed two team leaders! Cheryl and Liz. This meant I was promoted to Manager for Child & Youth Services; I have been in this role for the last one year. It’s been… wow!

Last year, I also decided to study part-time at AUT. It’s so helpful, and I love AUT. My children have grown up, so I thought – why not? Why not juggle work and study? It’s a lot of work, but it’s much easier with no children to look after.

So wow! Looking back at the last 10 years, it doesn’t feel that long; it went by so fast! Wow…

*looking at someone* Hold on… Oh, talk about my hobbies? Oh, right, yes!

*back at camera* It’s difficult to say what my hobbies are… I love having things to do with my husband and my family. Like jetskiing, and fixing up the house… my husband and I love doing DIY around the house; we would think about projects to do and get into action immediately! That’s how we do it; we don’t think about it for too long! So you can’t predict what project we will do next, so every time you come to our house, you will see new changes again and again.

*looking at someone* OK, that’s all? Thank you!

#deafaotearoa #nzsl #staffspotlight #deafpride

Leave a comment

Send this to a friend