Community Service Celebrated at Awards

Published: 09-Nov-2018

Waimakariri District Council holds a Community Service Awards ceremony every year to recognise people who have made great contributions to our district.

The awards have been going for 28 years and formally recognise the substantial commitment of those who work quietly in the background making our community a better place to live.

The 2018 recipients are listed below:

Annabel Acton-Adamshas been involved with Riding for the Disabled since it started eight years ago. Her passion is the welfare of the horses and she now has up to 10 horses to care for. She actively manages the grazing at the facility, is also a riding coach and has been on the fundraising committee for six years.

John Archer – is a true Waimakariri man most well-known for his work in the Woodend community.  John has been active in the Woodend Community Association for over 40 years and was heavily involved in lobbying for the Woodend Community Centre. Environmental concerns are a key priority for John and he has worked tirelessly in this area.

Janet Armitage – has been volunteering for Save the Children and the Salvation Army stores for over 30 years.  Janet has worked tirelessly through local churches sending parcels overseas through mission work and has also worked hard on Operation Cover Up sending blankets to Albania and Romania.

Michael Brown – has a talent in growing daffodils and roses. He has been president of both the Canterbury Rose Society and the NZ Daffodil Society.  Michael is an active member of Rotary and President during 2011-12. Supported by Rangiora Rotary and Lions Ferrymead, Michael has participated in visits to Labasa, Fiji as part of Volunteers Ophthalmic Services Overseas.

Clayton Cosgrove – was Member of Parliament for Waimakariri from 1999 to 2011 and then as a List MP from 2011 until retirement in 2017. Clayton worked tirelessly for this community especially in the years following the Canterbury earthquakes and was instrumental in setting up public meetings to keep residents fully informed.  He provided a range of support and advocacy services for a large number of families and individuals throughout this time.

David Cotter – has been involved with Friends of Rangiora Hospital for many years and has been Treasurer for the last 20 years. With his financial background, David has assisted many local groups with their financial responsibilities. David also has had supporting roles at Rangiora Golf Club and volunteered for the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust for nine years.

Angela Cramond – has always loved museums and has shared this by volunteering with the Rangiora and Districts Early Records Society who run the Rangiora Museum.  She has been on the committee for a number of years and is especially skilled at setting up exhibitions and displays.  Angela also continues to help at Mandeville Bowling Club and set up a rapidly growing embroidery group in Ohoka.

Elvia Cuff – has been heavily involved in the Ashley/Rangiora Combined Friendship Club (Probus) especially in the welfare and entertainment sections over the last 29 years. Elvia has also been a volunteer driver helping at Presbyterian Support for the last six years and an active member of Rangiora Bowling Club, including being the current President.

Bruce Drake – is committed to Rangiora Airfield continuing to be great asset to the community.  Bruce has had a lengthy career in aviation and has been part of the Rangiora Airfield Advisory Group since 1999. Bruce’s hard work and expertise has assisted in the development of what was a paddock to a well-operated airfield.

Ken Dubar – has worked hard in Waimakariri using his wide range of gardening skills.  Ken has put his green fingers to good use looking after the Rhododendron garden since 2012 with the Kaiapoi Beautiful Town Committee. Ken was also a member of the Kaiapoi Lions Club for 21 years providing a wide range of support to the Club and the community.

Grant Edge – is a strong advocate for environmental sustainability and has been an active member of the Waimakariri Water Zone Committee for nearly 10 years.  Grant has also be heavily involved in Keep Rangiora Beautiful over many years and is a member of the Cam River Restoration Group and Kaiapoi River Rehabilitation Group.

Andrew Ellen – has been volunteering at the Silverstream Reserve since 2014.  He is passionate about the environment and can turn his hand to most tasks on the reserve. Andrew also assists with the education programme working with several local schools.

Judy Evans – has made an outstanding contribution to our community through the Scouting movement having been active for over 40 years. Judy extended her volunteer work by supporting young people through the Trinity Methodist Church, was a leader in setting up a Mainly Music group at the church - her love for music adds such value to this group.

Philip and Karen Humphreys – work as a team in the disability sector and with the Kaiapoi Returned and Services Association.  Phil has been a welfare officer for many years in the RSA supporting veterans and families.  With support from Karen, Phil has served on the Board of Parafed Canterbury for over 30 years in a number of roles.  Phil continues to provide administrative and management support in the disability sports sector.  Karen has been a driver for St Johns for 14 years.  Both Karen and Phil are members of the Waimakariri Access Group.

Miles Jackson – has provided over 13 years of service and leadership to Grey Power North Canterbury.  During his time in the organisation Miles has worked to help Grey Power have a positive impact on community and at a national level as a member of the National Board of Grey Power.

Betty Jones – was instrumental in setting up what we now know as Cat Care Incorporation in 2006 and has been involved ever since.  It’s a fulltime role for Betty as the organisation takes in cats and kittens, helps with their health and wellbeing and then rehomes them.

Alison Kerr – music is Alison’s passion. She has been involved in musical groups entertaining residents in rest homes and was involved in the music team at the Grace Vineyard Church for nine years. She continues to support them bi-monthly as Service Co-ordinator. Alison also volunteers at Mother Supporting Mothers. She has an impressive history in supporting education in our district in a range of roles.

Angela Lyons – has been very active in the Oxford Community over the last 18 years.  She has been involved in the Oxford Senior Citizens Association as Vice President and Treasurer.  She has been a long term supporter of Oxford Budget Boutique and been proactively involved in the Oxford RSA and the local Probus Club.

Margaret Martin – has volunteered for the Waimakariri Arts Council for over 16 years leading the music programme in the Chamber Gallery and helps set up the art exhibitions and special openings at the gallery. Margaret also volunteers at the library, for many years delivering books to people in their homes and was instrumental setting up Friends of the Library.

Barbara Matthews – has been a volunteer on one type of committee or another most of her adult life mainly through the Catholic Church. Barbara joined the Rangiora Stroke Club back in 1988 and is now the coordinator organising various events, activities and outings.  Barbara is also involved in the Stroke Foundation at a regional and national level.

Geoff McMIllan – as a heart attack survivor Geoff was inspired to set up the Pegasus Parkrun in 2016.  Geoff manages and promotes the event each week as well as securing sponsorship from local businesses.  Parkrun is about promoting health, wellbeing and community and over 970 participants have completed the course covering some 32,000kms.

Chris Neason – dedication to community is what Chris is all about.  She helped set up the Cust Equestrian Group and has been President for the last 10 years. Their major contribution was to setup of a first class riding arena in the Cust Domain that continues to be enjoyed by many.  Chris has also been a volunteer firefighter for the Cust Brigade for 24 years, served as President of the Cust School PTA and of the Cust Play Centre.

Steve Noad – flying is in Steve’s blood having been involved in the industry for over 40 years.  He joined the Rangiora Airfield Advisory Group over 10 years ago and is currently Chair, along with chairing the Rangiora Airfield Safety Group. Steve is also on the executive committee of the Canterbury Aero Club.  Steve’s other passion is bridge where he has served on the committee for over 40 years.

Mark Paterson – is a well-known community stalwart in Woodend and Waikuku. Mark has had a lifelong involvement with Woodend Rugby including being President for nine years. His interest in rugby led him on to the Gladstone Park Advisory Group developing this important recreational resource. Mark was also on the Ashley-Eyre Advisory Group and now chairs the Woodend Community Association.

Michael Petterson – was instrumental in establishing the twinning relationship that Waimakariri and Zonnebeke Municipality have.  He is a founding member of the Waimakariri Passchendaele Trust and helped build the relationship with frequent visits and special recognitions in both Waimakariri and Zonnebeke including the naming of the Passchendaele Memorial Path.

Bernie Power – has served Saint John Ambulance for the last 57 years from cadet to Ambulance Officer as well as being involved in the local committee.  For just as long Bernie has been a drummer with the McAlpines North Canterbury Pipe Band and is also Vice President.  He has also been involved in the Rangiora RSA, serving three terms as President.

Katrina Robertshaw – has been supporting people with special needs for a number of years and especially those involved in the Special Olympics. Now part of the North Canterbury Special Olympics Committee Katrina helps fundraise to help athletes get to games to compete and also travels with clients to specific events across the country.

Mary Stewart – has been a volunteer with Loburn Red Cross since 1977 raising funds and contributing to the district.  She has been involved with the John Knox Presbyterian Church and was president and secretary for their Women’s Association. Mary’s work for the church includes home visiting services, singing at various events and on occasion taking services in rest homes.

Llew Timpson – has been a strong supporter and developer of services for our young people in our district. These include a number of initiatives working with young people at risk and most recently, the creation of a community service programme for young offenders now managed by the R13 Trust. Llew has also been Chairman of Northern Bulldogs Rugby League Club.

Sarah Thompson – has an open door policy and a listening ear for her community.  Sarah has set up various social groups through the Riverside Church to bring people together and help combat social isolation and loneliness. Sarah volunteers in a range of roles from baking Christmas muffins to the post-earthquake pastoral care team.

Keith Vallance – has been involved in Canterbury Aero Club for over 38 years with 30 years on the executive committee. For over 15 years, Keith has been a member and until recently Chair of the Rangiora Airfield Advisory Group. He has also been a long serving member of the Rangiora Number Two Rural Drainage Advisory Group and the Waimakariri Water Race Advisory Group.