PSO boss set for an African adventure

Gillian Bremner
Gillian Bremner
After 23 years in the job, Presbyterian Support Otago chief executive Gillian Bremner has announced she is leaving for a new life in Africa.

Mrs Bremner's last day is in March next year.

Her husband, Graeme, a forensic scientist, has been appointed associate professor at a university in Palapye, Botswana.

Mrs Bremner (64) said she was not sure what she would do, but there were opportunities in a developing economy.

She is toying with the idea of setting up a wedding planning business.

Their 20-year-old son is considering moving there to set up a nocturnal wildlife tour business.

Botswana was a stable and well-organised country, and New Zealand could learn from its infrastructure planning. Palapye had been well planned to cater for an expanding population, she said.

``It doesn't feel like an unsafe place to be.

``Of all of the African countries, it's probably the easiest place to go.''

Presbyterian Support Otago has an annual turnover of $32million a year, and about 740 staff working in aged residential care, social work, and other programmes.

Mrs Bremner said she had always thought it would be a good thing to leave Dunedin when she retired from PSO.

``This has been a big part of my life. It's very difficult to leave it behind.

``Looking on at close quarters here in Dunedin would not have been an easy thing for me to do.''

Eventually, the couple would return to New Zealand for their retirement.

eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz


 

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