Lesley Letcher

Grief and Loss Support Services Co-ordinator
Lesley was born in Scotland and emigrated to Hamilton New Zealand as a 14-year-old, the only girl in the family with 4 brothers I was into every sport I could find time to play. I learnt that girls can do anything and went on to represent my new country in Sport

Married life, 4 beautiful children and raising a family on a lifestyle block just outside Hamilton were all part of my early Hamilton life. Calves, goats, chickens, pigs and horses.

My career path from a very young age has been people and that has followed me through from working as a counsellor in schools and community houses to working with the elderly with pastoral support in a retirement village. I have also trained as a life coach and mediator.

My most recent years have been living in South East Asia which had some big highs and some very big lows. This was a time when I often found myself alone and, isolated. Life has thrown me many curved balls but I live by the motto that “once we have hope anything is possible” Joining groups and working with people in Asia helped me settle more. I enjoyed my time as a volunteer at the orphanage and the immigration detention centre and my most fulfilling work was in the slums of Bangkok.

I am passionate about my role as grief and loss co coordinator and understand from my own life experiences that change and loss are an inevitable part of life and that grief is a normal and natural response to change.

I have a wonderful group of companions facilitating our Seasons for Growth programs which are helping our young and old adjust to the many life changes they are faced with.

“Never see a need without trying to do something about it”