Some of our incredible community members were awarded honours for their service to others in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list which was announced last month.
Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) now include New Lynn’s Mary Holm for services to Financial literacy education, while Susan Sherrard from Blockhouse Bay is now a Member of the New Zealand order of merit (MNZM) for services to people with disabilities.
We congratulate them on their awards and extend our thanks for their service to New Zealand communities.
Ms Mary Holm is a bestselling author and columnist who has written extensively about personal finance and contributed toward ensuring the financial literacy of ordinary New Zealanders.
Ms Holm holds an MBA in finance and has been a journalist, media commentator, seminar presenter and lecturer on personal finance for more than 40 years. She has been a weekly columnist for the New Zealand Herald since 1998 and features on Radio New Zealand each fortnight to talk about how New Zealanders can better manage their finances.
In 2018, she wrote Rich enough? A laid-back guide for every Kiwi, which was a number one bestseller for seven weeks. She has written three books on KiwiSaver and helped develop tools for the sorted.org.nz financial advice website. She is noted for her ability to convey complex financial matters in plain and simple terms to ordinary New Zealanders.
Ms Holm was a founding director of the Financial Markets Authority from 2011 to 2019, a director of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme from 2010 to 2016, and has been a member of a range of advisory groups and government bodies responsible for financial regulation and literacy.
Ms Susan Sherrard worked for CCS Disability Action for 14 years and was their Auckland Local Advisory Committee Chair from 1999 to 2007.
She volunteered for CCS Disability Action’s Disability Leadership Committee, where she was instrumental in the creation of the Disability Leadership Framework, supporting the organisation in connecting authentically with people with disabilities and building trusting relationships that nurtures leaders nationally.
The National Disability Leadership Strategy that she helped to develop and implement has led to 25 percent of CCS Disability Action’s staff being people with disabilities. Ms Sherrard founded the Disabled Women’s Forum in 2009 and was a key member of the Domestic Violence and Disability Group, and the Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee.
Ms Sherrard has been a member of the Auckland Disability Law Steering Committee, the Waitemata DHB Disability Support Advisory Committee, and the Auckland Council’s Disability Advisory Panel.
She now works for Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui as a project lead in their disability workforce development team.