My name is Karen and I am the Parish Administrator. I took up this post in May 2008. I like to think I am approachable, sensitive, a good listener, patient and reliable.
I have had a varied career, training first in nursing and working mainly on paediatric wards, maternity and Neo-natal units. I very much enjoyed this work – meeting + caring for people, and the social life was not bad either! Having had enough of shift work (particularly night duty! – though, a plus side of night duty is that you do get to read a lot of books and become a prolific knitter!), I took the opportunity to re-train and then followed the path of administration and secretarial work.
I have lived in London for over 39 years now, and for most of that time in the local area. I first became involved with St Saviours Church in 1992 when Fr Bradley helped my husband and I when our first child died at 3 days old. The church has been a great comfort and support to me, and my family, particularly when we then lost a second son. But, the church has also been there for good times too – in particular when we celebrated the birth of our daughter who is now an adult.
I have been a member of St Saviour’s Church, having served as a Church Warden, and been involved with the P.C.C. over a number of years. I am particularly interested in the Mission to Children, and with a number of other mums, Dunja, Mari & Annette set up a Sunday school at St Saviours Church when our children were little, and it is good to see that it is still going as strong today.
I am also a would-be gardener. However, not having a garden I must rely on houseplants, the overflow of which can be seen in the parish office! As Parish Administrator I am lucky to have a varied and interesting role and very much enjoy the contact I have with the many people I meet in the Parish – having a chat, hearing their news or stories, and in this job I get to do it all.