This week we have a Christchurch ex-pat who is staying with Diana Shand. Her name is Helen Marieskind. Helen has lived in USA ever since she went there on a scholarship as a young woman. She has had many interesting jobs and completed a PhD in Public Health and ran a number of Health Care companies. She currently is working on a VSA programme in Kiribati. Helen will speak about her observations about Kiribati and maybe will cover Chinese imperialism in the Pacific, which we ignore at our peril.
Helen has also worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation improving the lot of migrant workers in the US.
Helen will also speak to us about American politics. She has first-hand experience, having served on John Kerry’s campaign team when he stood for the Presidency.