Companion service owner Lyn Hippolite (left) helps client
Iris Finlayson-Bartlett back to her home at Chatswood.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
Outram woman Lyn Hippolite used her get-out-of-jail-free
card last year, and she's never looked back.
Until then, Ms Hippolite was a prison guard, a job she had
done for 26 years.
But a desire to do something ''more positive'' drove her to
look for work outside the prison.
In October last year, Ms Hippolite and partner Rob Hoogenrad
bought a Driving Miss Daisy franchise.
The service is like a taxi service with more.
Ms Hippolite helps people get to the car and to wherever they
need to go, be it an appointment, shopping or elsewhere, and
can assist them while there. And she loves it.
''I thought it would be nice to work in a more positive
environment, because prison can be quite negative.
''This job is about giving back and giving people their
Customers ranged in age and character, from children needing
to be taken to school to burly firemen on ACC who needed
transport and elderly people going to appointments, the
supermarket or into town for shopping.
Her area covered southern Dunedin and the service had become
so popular, it introduced a second car in May.
And the clients like it, too.
Partially sighted Chatswood resident Iris Finlayson-Bartlett
(90), who used the service monthly, said it meant she did not
have to depend on her family to get out and do things.
''Some days you feel good and you don't mind, but other days
you don't feel you can do it yourself.''