Kia ora friends.
My name is Olivia Dawson and I have been a part of the Ecumenical Chaplain team since July 2018. As a chaplain I am committed to caring for the students, staff, and other associates to the University.
If I have the privilege of meeting you I promise to respect your faith and culture, show compassion, hear your concerns and questions, and provide a nonjudgmental and confidential space for you to express whatever you are feeling or thinking.
I am available to be an emotional and spiritual resource to you and am happy to connect you with others as you seek community during your time at University.
I was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 2010 and I have my Masters of Divinity and Masters of Science in Patient Counseling. I have served in parish ministry and hospital chaplaincy. My family and I moved from the States at the end of 2017 back to Dunedin where my kiwi husband and I met as students at the University in 2005. I have two beautiful children, Micah and Lyla.
“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (New Living Translation)