Inspiration this Mother's Day

Bronwyn has been helping people at Wellington Free Ambulance for 16 years, with her mum being her biggest inspiration. 

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“I am passionate about what I do – I can make a difference to someone else’s life each day by using the skills I have learnt and drawing on past experiences.”

Nursing was how Diane Dunlop helped people; it was also a calling that inspired her daughter, Bronwyn, to follow a similar path and save lives every day.

Bronwyn has been helping people at Wellington Free Ambulance for 16 years, and now as a clinical advisor on the clinical support desk in the 111 communications centre.

She credits her mum for her passion, often joining Diane at a young age to witness first-hand the joys of helping people.

Now Bronwyn will join with other Kiwis this Sunday in honouring such inspiring forces on May 14, Mother’s Day.

Born with moderate to severe congenital nerve deafness, Bronwyn suffers 80 to 90 percent hearing loss, as does her Mum and sister.

This meant her dream was close to never becoming a reality – Bronwyn, so infatuated with her mum’s passion to help people, also wanted to be a nurse.

In her early 20’s and considering career options: “I so wanted to be like mum, that’s where I got my desire to help people.

“But the wind was taken out of my sails a little bit when it was clear I might have struggled in the operating theatre when I couldn’t see people’s faces.”

Undeterred, she began volunteering as a medic at events like motocross and equestrian before volunteer ambulance.

This opportunity and the increasing desire to help people, instilled in her by her mother, spurred her into action.

With a hard-working attitude, she gained a National Certificate in Ambulance before joining Wellington Free in 2000.

Ten years later and she would add to that list, gaining a Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine and Post-Graduate diploma in Specialty Care.

Bronwyn says when having a conversation, the biggest hurdle for the hearing impaired is background noise, which is amplified by hearing aids.

This could be a real problem for a paramedic who has to deal with people talking, sirens, helicopters and radio chatter – all while she is trying to save a patient’s life.  However, this doesn’t stop Bronwyn performing her job professionally.

“I am passionate about what I do – I can make a difference to someone else’s life each day by using the skills I have learnt and drawing on past experiences.”

And like mother like daughter, Bronwyn says she will keep helping people for a long time yet.

She will spend this Mother’s Day with Diane in Levin. That’s if her mum isn't busy helping someone that is.


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