Lorraine is a Justice of the peace, she helped veterans, and now Lorraine is retired, still helping, living comfortably, able to go on holidays and really enjoy and uses the time she has.

How IRENA BUTLER became MY FINANCIAL ADVISOR and MENTOR

I became a widow in my mid-fifties and after several years on the widows pension I decided I could do better working and so I went back to work.   I worked but did not do much saving and realised this couldn’t go on.<

Irena was recommended to me by a work colleague who had had Irena for many years as his Financial Advisor.  Although she was very much praised by my friend I still had reservations about seeing a financial advisor.  I had been told many things not too flattering about financial advisors and this coloured my view of them.   Needless to say I did not do anything about it because of my fears and intrepidations for several years.

Some three years after my friend suggested Irena (and when I reached my sixties) I realised that I would have to “bite the bullet” and do something about how I was going to fund my retirement.    I thought that I had nothing to lose by just talking to her and finding out what my options were on saving and preparing myself for my retirement and so I went to see her.  When I was a young girl and in the work force superannuation was not offered to women.

She advised me on the various options that were open to me and how I could structure my life and my living to gather some wealth that would help me in my retirement.  I didn’t want much:   my life in retirement was simple – to be able to maximise the pension, pay my bills and still be able to have a holiday each year and not have the  worry of where my next meal was coming from or how I was going to pay my bills.

Irena’s advice made sense to me and I asked her if she would manage my finances for me.   At times it wasn’t easy but I put in the hard work and sacrifices that needed to be done under her guidance and she has never let me down.

Irena is one of the most honest people I have ever met.  I have come to look on her as my mentor and my friend who has always put my well being (financially) first.  This lady is one of a kind and I am so glad I “bit the bullet” and took that step to talk to her all those years ago.  I worked until I was 72 and I am now retired and living my life just as I imagined I would.  I’m not rich by any means but I lead a very comfortable life and I am happy with my “lot”……………..Thank you Irena if I hadn’t met you when I did I would not be where I am today.