RN, NZ Buddhist Chaplain, Managing Director, Amitabha Hospice, Vice-Chairperson, NZ Buddhist Council
Ecie was born in the USA and attained a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1971. She then travelled through Europe, where she met her future New Zealand husband, and then to Africa and Asia, with both becoming Mahayana Buddhists and returning to NZ in 1973. Ecie was co-founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in NZ, Dorje Chang Institute, in 1976. In 1992, she became a Registered Nurse, which led her to specialise in Palliative care. In 1995, she started Amitabha Hospice and is still the Managing Director. Amitabha Hospice provides free palliative care to the aged and to those with a terminal illness in their own homes over Greater Auckland. Amitabha Hospice also has two day-stay mornings a week, which provide Reiki, music, games and art therapy. Ecie was critically injured in a car accident in 2008, which put her on the other side of the caring equation. She is also Vice-Chairperson of the New Zealand Buddhist Council and a NZ Buddhist Chaplain.