Verna McFelin, MNZM – Founder & Chief Executive
Being the Founder and Chief Executive of Pillars Incorporated for over 25 years and having had the experience of a family member in prison herself in the early 1980’s, makes Verna a strong advocate for the rights of children of prisoners in New Zealand and developing best practice in order to prevent inter-generational offending.
In 2011 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community and the Every Child Counts Individual Award.
She has spoken at many international and national conferences and edited an international journal on families and Corrections from the New Zealand perspective.
Verna may have been doing this work for over 25 years but she is still blown away when she hears about the impact our amazing volunteer mentors are making in the lives of the children.