We continue our Women of Camphill project and speak to master baker and workshop supervisor Maria S about the unsung heroes of our community.
CMKC: How long have you have been involved with the community?
MS: I first arrived at CMKC in January 1992.
CMKC: What’s your most memorable experience in the community?
MS: I was a house coordinator in Soltane house, and my children lived with me. I had to cope by myself with the house and the children. It was a challenging time in my life. We had good memories with the residents when we organised holidays.
CMKC: How important do you think women are to this community?
MS: I think women are as important as men.
CMKC: Do you think women’s influence has changed over time in the community?
MS: Yes we had some single women in our community, and this might have been the influence of the community life.
CMKC: What’s your expectation of yourself and the community for the future?
MS: I want to do my job properly and hope that the community meets everybody’s satisfaction.
CMKC: Who in your opinion is a hero of Camphill?
MS: We have some unsung heroes in the community. They do as much as possible to make the community and the world a better place. Joan has done so much good work for the community within her field of work. Lidia also does a great job making our environment better. Josune is the most popular house coordinator as the residents like her very much. Hanne is doing lots of work to make a difference to the residents’ lives.
CMKC: What is your favourite thing to do outside the community?
MS: I like walking and discovering the world.
CMKC: Who within the community would you like to nominate for a Q & A?