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Canterbury Women’s Club - Executive


Karena Brown

I am a Cantabrian through and through.  Initially lived in Sydenham before moving to Spreydon. Completed my Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours) in Sociology.

I have been employed in a number of roles throughout my career years in information and management system including in the RNZAF, the Canterbury Public Library the NZ Clerical Workers Union and, most currently, Research Director for the NZ Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union, working three days in Wellington and 2 days in Christchurch.

I am currently Vice President and Trustee of the Canterbury Women’s Club,  Chair of the Kate Sheppard’s Memorial Trust, the Affiliate’s Rep on the Labour Women’s Council for the NZ Labour Party, the Co-Convenor of the Out@Work Representative Structure of the NZ Council of Trade Unions, the Convenor of Unions Canterbury, Chair of the Christchurch Central Workers Branch of the NZ Labour Party, Secretary of the Linwood-Hagley Branch of the NZ Labour Party, Trustee of The Cat Help Charitable Trust, and a domestic dog trainer for the Canterbury Canine Obedience Club.


Past President

Margaret Arnold. QSM

Born in rural South Canterbury,

Graduated with degrees in Core and Health Sciences from Otago University.

The move to volunteer within the governance of Not For Profit targeted education providers with the YWCA ChCh Inc. has long involved me with targeted and young women’s  education, various Community Development Agencies and Quality Assurance Actors within the city receiving  the Queen’s Service Medal(QSM) for services to women and the community.

I offer the CWC some realistic words to use to move us on, as well as perspectives and planning skills derived from a long experience in education and NFP/NGO community and human right’s ventures.

Ph 03 384 3799

Mail: margaretarnold@xtra.co.nz?subject=CWC



Lynette Hardie Wills

Programme ,Social Media, Communications & Website

Although a Cantabrian by birth and education, I have lived and worked in India, United States and the U.A.E.  In 2004 while working at Lincoln University, I became actively involved with the Canterbury Women’s Club when the CWC Executive planned to sell our freehold property at 190 Worcester Street.  Inspiring women from diverse backgrounds to assume leadership and form new friendships has been at the heart of programme development. Ensuring CWC’s valuable inner city property is retained for future Canterbury women is bringing new opportunities as the city rebuilds.

Ph: 03 343 0900

Mail: lynettehardiewills@xtra.co.nz?subject=CWC

Vice President

Beverly Lord

I have lived all my life in Canterbury, so I'm committed to the Province.  As a teacher, formerly a private piano teacher and for the last more than twenty years a lecturer in accounting at the University of Canterbury, I am dedicated to promoting education in the widest sense as well as appreciation of the arts, and in particular music.

Vice President

Laurence Varlet

Born in France and well travelled, I arrived in New Zealand in 1994 on board of the "Ocean Express", an ocean crossing Chico 40' yacht. I soon moved to Christchurch to build a construction company and then a family. 

This city is has been my home for 20 years and no earthquake will see me leave.

I hold a Bachelor of Business with majors in Information Technology and Management. I am also a qualified secondary teacher of French, Technology and Maths. 

Having an inquisitive mind and a strong interest in many things, I thoroughly enjoy using my talents for the not-for-profit sector. I hold different roles within the committee of various organisations such as the Christchurch Civic Music Council, Global Voices a cappella choir, Imagine Charitable Trust, Christchurch Poultry Bantam and Pigeon Club, the Rare Breed Society, the Phonograph Society.

My strong interest in the role of women to build a rewarding community from past to future drew me to the Canterbury Women Club. I believe this organisation has much to offer to our region and find it a privilege to take a humble part in its development.

Canterbury Women’s Club - Committee

Kay Barker (Rural)

Kate Dewes, PhD, ONZM

Since 1998 I have co-directed the Disarmament & Security Centre (DSC) with my husband, Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Retired)  in Christchurch. Prior to this I coordinated the New Zealand Peace Foundation’s South Island office for over 20 years and played a key role in mobilising public support for the nuclear free legislation and the World Court Project. Other positions include membership of the  Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control for 9 years; a music teacher;  a lecturer in Peace Studies at the University of Canterbury; the New Zealand government expert on the UN Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education  and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

Lynn Ellis


I have worked at Rannerdale Home for 28 years Other organisations that I belong to are :

Anglican Women's Association,

National Council of Women,

Canterbury Botanical Society,

My other interests are gardening, reading ,knitting ,travel ,politics  I am also interested in assisting Canterbury women to succeed in this region.

I enjoy helping with the catering for the Canterbury Women’s Club.

Judy Kirk

Margaret Pierson (Rural)

Committee -   

Programme, Planning

My particular interest is in retraining opportunities for all girls and women, especially those who have not had the benefit of guidance through the education system early in life. My work experience has been in the polytechnic sector, teaching part-time while my children were small and later in management.

Mobile : 027 7809847

Mail: Margaret.Pierson@cpit.ac.nz?subject=CWC

Ruth Todd

Canterbury Women’s Club - Positions


Beverley Brewster


Cherry Mo 


Cherry Mo is currently working as a law clerk at Community Law Canterbury in the Residential Advisory Services (RAS) team. She is also studying towards her Masters in International Law and Politics at the University of Canterbury

Mail: karena.brown@epmu.org.nz?subject=CWC Mail: laurencevarlet@gmail.com?subject=CWC Mail: kate@chch.planet.org.nz?subject=CWC Mail: beverley.lord@canterbury.ac.nz?subject=CWC


Mail: mo.cher890@gmail.com?subject=CWC