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Ad Rem International has as its directors husband and wife team of Gordon D. and Helene Paterson.

Gordon D Paterson has a Bachelor of Arts degree having majored in Physical Education and Geography, Honours and Masters degrees in Physical Education (both with distinction), and a PhD in Human Movement Science all from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Province, South Africa.  Additionally, he has a Higher Education Diploma from Natal University and a Tertiary Teaching Certificate from the then Waikato Polytechnic.  His work experience has included twelve years of secondary school teaching, two years as  postgraduate student, five years as university lecturer, five years as Institute of Technology lecturer, five and a half years as Institute Head of School, and just under three years as Dean of Faculty.  At the end of January 2014 he completed a five year term as CEO of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ).

Helene Paterson has a Bachelor of Arts degree having qualified in Physical Education and Psychology at Stellenbosch University and a University Education Diploma from the University of Cape Town.  Her work experience includes three and half years of secondary school teaching, ten years of primary school teaching, a year and a half as psychologist in a school for deaf pupils, two years in a centre for special education, eighteen years assessing and ten years teaching students with learning disabilities.

History of Ad Rem

Ad Rem, a Latin term, means “to the point” and was the motto of the school that director, Gordon Paterson’s father taught at in the Midlands of Natal in South Africa from 1945-1982.  After recuperating from 9-months in a POW camp, through working for his board and keep in Scotland, Donald Hugh Paterson returned to South Africa and was appointed as a teacher to Weston Agricultural College, a secondary school on a 3,000 acre farm 100 miles north-west of Durban. 

As father, teacher, coach, farmer and headmaster, Donald proved to be a major inspiration and mentor in Gordon’s life.  After retiring, he named his 50-acre small-holding in the foothills of the Drakensburg “Ad Rem”, a mark of the respect and affection that he had for the school that he had served for some 36-years.

On 4 June 2005, Jean Paterson unveils the statuette of her late husband Donald Paterson,  donated to Weston Agricultural College by the Old Boys’ Association





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