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Debbie Duncan: General Manager Libraries and Community Services

Photo shows Debbie Duncan, general manager of libraries and community services at Palmerston North City Council.

Making a difference in the quality of people’s lives is what keeps me driven.

Debbie Duncan

I feel privileged to work with a dedicated team of around 80 staff who are all in the business of inspiring people and transforming lives, through providing a wide range of services that support community and cultural wellbeing.

Our libraries have long been established as the “living rooms of the city” – bringing people together for information, lifelong learning and community interaction.

In addition to our well-loved library services, our team also work together to provide a huge range of community services. These include supporting and empowering community groups, facilitating community events and administering Council’s community and arts funding.

Team members also work closely with the Māori, arts, seniors, multicultural and youth communities, and help people requiring Council’s social housing. We also ensure our culture and heritage is celebrated, through developing and curating the city’s archive collections in collaboration with the community.

I’m very proud to lead the libraries and community services unit of Council as it strives to provide facilities and services that place people at the heart of all activities by Te Ara Whanui o Te Ao: Inspiring people to explore the pathways of the world.