Community Service Celebrated at Awards

Published: 05-Aug-2019

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 2019 recipients are below:

Donna Abernethy – has been involved with the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust for over 20 years as a regular and relief driver. Recently she has organised a bus service for people to attend church of Sundays on top of helping keep the fleet of 11 vehicles on the road.

David Ashby – is well known for his role chairing the Waimakariri Water Zone Committee with great skill and determination. He has managed to achieve a unified approach to addressing difficult and complex issues facing water in the District and wider Canterbury region.

Val Bennett – has volunteered at the Salvation Army Family Store for over 11 years. The team consider her to be a reliable, hard worker and valuable member of the team. On top of this she also spends time at the Women’s Institute.

Hope Davis-Brown – first started volunteering for the Salvation Army in 1998. Since then she’s moved into Christchurch but continues to help the Rangiora Family Store weekly as a way of keeping her connection with the Waimakariri community.

John Burton – is a valued member of the Ashley Gorge Reserve Advisory Group who have managed the development of walking tracks on DOC land north of the reserve. He has overseen the management of volunteer support, including involving Oxford Area School, of up to 7000 hours to date. Throughout the project his focus on the education potential of the area has shone through.

Helen Clarke – has enjoyed working with the elderly at the Kaiapoi District Senior Citizens Day Care Centre for the past 15 years. Her contribution is valued by all her colleagues and elderly members. Helen’s other passion is volunteering at the Kaiapoi Swimming Club. She was Club Captain for ten years, and was working tirelessly as a swim instructor and active member of the swim club committee.

Leon Frear – is a valued program coordinator for Northern Steps Kaiapoi, a trust and course for students who don’t fit into the school system due to reasons ranging between learning difficult to criminal offences. Leon runs a number of different projects with students, encouraging learning how to use tools in the creation of different artwork. He is a positive and inspiring influence for the group.

Sara Green – has been a committed member of the YouMeWeUs Trust for the past three years. She willingly gives her time welcoming new residents to Kaiapoi and is always the first to offer to help.

Kathryn Hogarth – For 15 years Kathryn has been a valued volunteer at the Rangiora Salvation Army Family Store. During her long service she has always interacted well with customers, clients and staff. The team from the Salvation Army thank her.

Graeme Howden – is a much valued member of Silverstream Volunteers since 2016. Twice a week he works in the reserve alongside outside organisations adding to the biodiversity of the area.

Robert Judson – first joined the Ashley Gorge Reserve Advisory Group in 2011. Since then he has been heavily involved in raising funds for the Reynolds Heritage Pavilion as well as ongoing fundraising through two very successful garden tours.

Isobel Kenmare – has worked diligently for the Salvation Army for over 28 years. During this time she has been involved in kids club as the Sergeant Major, is part of the preschool music group, as well as working through clothing donations which is core to the Army.

Anne Palmer – was at the first meeting of the Rangiora Community Watch 12 years ago. Since then this local group has become affiliated with the national body and now operates as Rangiora Community Patrol. Until recently Ann has continued to work on the ground for the group, regularly manning the cameras at the Rangiora Police Station and working hard to keep Rangiora safe.

Jayne Rattray – is heavily involved in the Rangiora community. She is a proponent of the Milton Avenue Dog Park, having recently jointly organised a fundraiser for park shelters to be built. On top of this she and her Husband Mike created the ‘Scooter Safari’ which sees about 250 ‘Scooters’ travelling over Arthurs Pass from Christchurch to Hokitika bi-annually. This is a fund-raising activity which has been going since 2009. This event has raised over $1,000,000 for the Canterbury Region of the Cancer Society.

Gaving Reed - lead Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd for over a decade and was the chairman of the board for the past eight years. Throughout his time he has seen a lot of changes to the company, watching it almost double in size and grow exponentially in scope. An Oxford local from birth he has given a lot back to the community and over the years has taken on governance roles for the Oxford Tennis Club, Oxford Squash Club, Oxford Farm Discussion Group, Oxford A & P Association and Oxford Rural Drainage Advisory Group among various smaller roles for sports clubs.

Jessica Reilly - For the past three years Jess has tirelessly worked to make the Millton Avenue Dog Park the ‘Best Dog Park’ in the Waimakariri. Jess provides a valuable link between park users and the Council making sure the park is as good as it can be. Along with Jayne Rattray she recently jointly organised a fundraiser for park shelters to be built.

Valda Reveley – has been a volunteer driver for the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust for over 20 years. She is reliable, competent and a valued member of the team, ensuring the secretarial management of the Trust continues to function reliably.

Brian Temple – is a Kaiapoi Rugby stalwart having looked after the grounds for the past 15 years – treating them as though he is the owner. He takes great pride in his work ensuring they are up to speed for rugby, cricket and touch rugby throughout the year.

Jill Waldron – has worked tirelessly for community health for over 17 years. Most recently she has been on the Health Advisory Group and served on the Consumer Council for CDHB.

Helen Walker – has been a volunteer community worker for many years. Her roles include delivering meals on wheels, supporting Red Cross and has been with Presbyterian Support working to support the elderly. Currently she is a member of Grey Power North Canterbury which she juggles alongside coordinating rest home and retirement centre church services.

John Warburton – has been an elder in the John Knox parish for over 42 years. John managed all bookings for John Knox as a volunteer and has a passion for sharing music with the community. This includes both as a solo and in group acts.

Clare Williams – played a vital leadership role as a member and past chair of Ngai Tūāhuriri Rūnanga. She was influential in collaborating with Pegasus developers to shape the town as it stands today and has been a member of the Waimakariri and Selwyn Waihora Water Management Zone Committees. Clare was also a founding creator of Mahaanui Kurataiao which works with local councils on behalf of the six Rūnanga around Christchurch to provide advice and support on environmental matters.

Peter Williams – has made a significant contribution to local cricket and rugby for over 50 years. He holds records for most games played for Canterbury County Cricket and has the highest run tally. After retiring he started umpiring and currently coordinates appointments for the Cricket Association. His umpiring also extends to rugby where he mentors new referees. He has serviced on the North Canterbury Cricket Association board for 38 years.

Bert Wilson – has been a valued member of the Oxford RSA since he moved to the area in 2003. He has had a number of roles varying from president, to welfare officer as well as looking after ex-service men and widows in town. To date he continue to volunteer for the Oxford Night Patrol.

Celia Wilson - has volunteered for Arts in Oxford since its inception in 2009. Celia has freely given her time as well as creative contributions towards exhibitions, workshops and projects. Over the years Celia would have been involved in installations of over 100 exhibitions and in the last few years negotiated contracts with artists and assisted with curating shows.

Colleen Young – until recently was the President for U3A North Canterbury (University of the Third Age). She was the founding member in 2014 and served as President until 2018. The University of the Third Age is an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community.