Sue Viner joined the Fields of Life family in June 2017 in the role of Church and Schools Officer. Sue is based in our Great Britain office at the Kent Science Park and we are very excited for her to continue to develop new and existing partnerships. We thought you should get to know her a little bit better…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I have spent many years teaching both in this country and in East Africa with CMS. Although no longer classroom based, I remain passionate about education and challenging others to reach their potential. I spent a year in Central America involved in development projects and have also worked as a political lobbyist with the National Farming Union.
At heart, I am very much a country girl and love getting out exploring with my two black Labrador dogs. I have recently become a bee keeper and now have an apiary in my garden. There is nothing quite like eating honey from your own bees!
Over the years, I have been fortunate to have travelled widely, more than 50 countries to date, although my bucket list of other destinations remains enticingly long…
Tell us a fun fact:
For more than 20 years I have been a member of the London Community Gospel Choir. This has taken me around the world, provided opportunities to sing with some amazing artists, and to sing for people like Nelson Mandela and the Queen.
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
My first connection with Fields of Life came about when I joined a team to raise money to build a well in 2016. I was one of the Patagonian Ice-Fields Trekkers where I had the chance to experience some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, as well as discover more about the impact of Fields of Life on so many lives.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Since becoming Church and Schools Officer for Fields of Life GB, I have realised what an inspiring team of colleagues I work with. We may be based in different countries and continents and have very different roles, but we are all part of the FOL family working together to build hope, transformation and change in East Africa. What a privilege.
What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?
The most exciting thing was without doubt getting to meet our incredible drilling teams in operation this summer. Their hard work and dedication was truly humbling and their commitment to bring fresh water to so many communities inspiring. A particular highlight for me was having the chance to visit and commission the well our Patagonia Team had raised money for. Seeing how life changing this was for 120 households in a remote community in Eastern Uganda made all the blisters and aching muscles worthwhile!
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Compassionate, Creative, Encourager.