I wanted to acknowledge a special woman and member here at the ConTrail. Jenny Drew, who joined us here in May of 2011 from Dunedin, turned 80 a couple of days ago. I figure that it's something worth celebrating!
Jenny was a school teacher, wife of a scientist and mother of 4. All of Jenny's sons took the science and corporate paths, her son Peter included. The family recently gathered, from all over the world, to celebrate Jenny's life and there is MUCH to celebrate.
As I understand it, Jenny has always thought alternatively. I can not imagine what that would be like in a family of strong science minds, an even harder journey than most of us I would expect.
Like many of us, Jenny has faced major health challenges, BUT has beaten 'the used by date' the doctors gave her by YEARS. Her research and persistence are what have this lovely woman ahead of the rest.
I was blessed to met Jenny, 5 years (or so) ago, when she came all the way from Dunedin to Kaikoura. Jenny made that long trip in her car aged 75. She had come to have a beautiful piece of Ponamu, that had been gifted by the Dunedin local body, to be blessed for her son Peter. The blessing was conducted by Brett Cowan, at that time, a member of the rūnanga (pictured below).
Brett Cowan leading rūnanga members and members of the Kaikōura community.
The blessing took place at the old wharf near the Pier hotel and a magical ceremony it was. We left undoubtedly touched by spirit.
Ironically Brett Cowan was the manager of the local Department of Conservation (DOC), and he invited us back to have a cup of tea at his office. We were welcomed into his office and given a cuppa, and I will never forget what happened next.
Jenny spoke clearly and confidently to this manager of NZs Conservation. She expressed her concerns of the sky pollution. This opened up a healthy chemtrail dialogue. Brett was in the company of a kaumatua (elder) wahine, even if he wanted to escape, he had no choice but to stay and I'm sure his good manners wouldn't have let him. I remember him listening, taking in what he could. If he was surprised he didn't act it. He then turned to us and said, "This does not really surprise me, did you know that 'they' put arsenic in the bread for Maori as late as the 1960's?" I felt shame, yet again, for the horrors covert government 'testing' and the actions of our ancestors. We both left glowing from having had an opportunity to crack another egg.
Brett later became an anti oil drilling activist. He no longer works for DOC.
In more recent times, Jenny has become an advocate for vaccine awareness. I heard a rumour recently that she's resigned her lifetime membership, from a parenting group, as a stand against their pro-vaccine policy. I CHEERED when I heard that.
Deepest respect to you Jenny Drew. Thank you for opening these cracks in the doors (and heads), thank you for being the kind of woman to stand tall in your researched beliefs. Thank you for shining a light throughout your life and in a time where awareness was not asked for nor often valued or understood. You have spent a large part of your life chipping at the coal face, where most of us have just begun to take baby steps.
Every time I see the meme below, you and another dear friend spring to mind.
Much AROHA to you and your family Jenny. Thank you for being here and for anchoring the light of awareness where ever you are. ♥
~Rows & your GET REAL friends from the ConTrail~