Waimakariri community recognised at annual awards

Published: 31-Aug-2016

A record number of Community Service Awards have been handed out this year in the Waimakariri District

Twenty six people were awarded for their contributions to the community over two awards ceremonies, one held in Kaiapoi on Monday 29 August and the other in Rangiora on Tuesday 30 August. The popular awards provide residents of the district with an opportunity to recognise voluntary service from their peers in the fields of the arts, culture, education, health, welfare, sport, recreation or youth development.

Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers is delighted at the amount of nominations this year for such well-deserving recipients of the awards.

“This a great way for us to say thank you to those residents who give up substantial amounts of their time to run societies, organise working bees and fundraisers or help out more vulnerable members of our community amongst other things,” says Mr Ayers.

“A lot of this work is done behind the scenes so it’s important to publically acknowledge their dedication. People living in our district certainly go the extra mile to contribute to their communities.”

A full list of award recipients announced at the Rangiora awards ceremony on Tuesday evening follows below.

Beverley Alexander - Beverley has been honoured for her work with the Rangiora Branch of Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Alongside thousands of hours dedicated to working bees and planning, she is also a member of the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group and a volunteer for the Department of Conservation.

Joan Bruce - Joan Bruce has been awarded for her behind the scenes catering work for many community groups. A lot of Joan’s support for the Waimakariri community has been the kind others don’t see but her volunteer catering has helped make many an event a success for our community groups.

Keith Buckley - Keith Buckley has been recognised for his work with the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust which he has been involved in for the past ten years. He is also a member of the management committee for the Vintage Car Club and stalwart of the Rangiora Bowling Club.

Margaret Buckley - Margaret Buckley has received her award for her service to a myriad of community organisations. Over the years, Margaret has given up her time for Parish Hospital visiting, being a mother help for the Rangiora Brownies, volunteering at the Mother Supporting Mothers creche to name a few groups she is involved in.

Beverley Ensor - Beverley Ensor has been honoured for her volunteer work with the Ohoka branch of the Women’s Institute and the Salvation Army Family Store. She enjoys raising funds for worthwhile projects and is a valued member of any team.

Ian Ford - Ian Ford has received his award for his life time commitment to the community as a leader in rural affairs. His commitment started at 19 when he became the chairman of the Young Farmers Club in Hawarden and he has continued to be a member of many rural advisory groups such as the Ashley Rural Water Supply scheme throughout his life.

Gail Fox - Gail Fox has been recognised for her contribution to Rangiora’s music scene through the North Canterbury Musical Society. Gail has acted as the secretary, musical director, producer and director of NCMS singers at various times over the past 25 years as well as being a star on the stage.

Rayleen Johnson - Rayleen Johnson has been awarded for her work with the Rangiora Branch of Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Alongside many hours dedicated to working bees and planning, she is also very involved in the Friends of Rangiora Hospital and works on their fundraisers.

Hamish Peter - Hamish Peter has been honoured for his service to the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade. Hamish has been a member for 29 years and has been the Chief Fire Officer since July 2010, giving up many hours of time to protect the community.

Leila Reeves - Leila Reeves has been recognised for her work with the Rangiora Branch of Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Alongside hundreds of hours dedicated to working bees and planning, she also very involved in the Rangiora Garden Club and has organised the local garden competitions for many years.

Daphne Rogers - Daphne Rogers has received her award for her dedicated service to the New Zealand Red Cross. Alongside this, she has also been a “Meals on Wheels” volunteer since 1969 and in fundraising activities for her church.

Sam Rowntree - Sam Rowntree has received his award for his work as the organiser of the “Ride for Respect”. Sam organises the Christchurch section of this national event which begins in Papanui and finishes in Rangiora, raising funds for the New Zealand Returned and Services Association.

Roy Toulson - Roy Toulson has been recognised for his work with the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust. The service that Roy provides is of tremendous value to our elderly citizens and those who face other challenges, helping them get to where they need to be, particularly for medical appointments.

Name: Louise Courtney, Governance Secretary

Phone: 03 311 8900

Email: louise.courtney@wmk.govt.nz