Wendy’s working life began as a teacher, with her Bachelors Degree and Diploma in Higher Education. In time though, she found herself in a very different space and place. And that was in the NGO world. This was with the Jesuit Refugee Service as Johannesburg Project Director. That organisation was dealing with 1000 refugees a month, finding them shelter and housing, the children schooling, and providing an HIV service.
When she came to work for SAMBT in 2008, we still looked a bit like one man and a fax machine. But we were going places. Today, Wendy’s job as our Manager is quite hectic. She runs what we call the “Engine room”.
This means the day-to-day financial management; handling all the logistics and administration; maintaining and monitoring our information systems; drafting the annual budget; making tea and everything else. And she does this with much energy, speed, dedication and a nice demeanor.
We know that without our Wendy in the engine room, this ship would be on the rocks.