Wendy was re-elected on to the Autism NZ Board in 2020. She was previously a Board Member (2000 -2012) including two terms as President and on the local branch committee of the Auckland Branch for 18 years.
She has a 26 year old autistic son who is living very content and happy life in a Residential Village in Auckland. He returns home twice a month for a couple of nights, and as parents they are still actively involved in his day to day life. Wendy is on the Parents Committee and they fund for expenses relating to a Beach House which provides holidays for the clients, and advocates for residents.
Wendy was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Autism in the New Years’ Honours in January 2013.
She is also involved in an Auckland ASD/ID working group of professionals and two parents seeking to establish a pathway for dealing with severe crisis management in teenagers with autism and/or intellectual disability.
Wendy wishes to be more proactive in being part of the growth of both Autism New Zealand and the way it can support families, whanau, autistic individuals of all ages.