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North Wellington community volunteer awards nominations close

Jul 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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HAPPY DAYS: The annual Johnsonville Christmas parade runs on volunteer power

NOMINATIONS are in for the North Wellington Volunteer Services Award, which honour hard-working community stalwarts.

Anyone who has been part of a community project or group in the northern suburbs for at least five years, giving their time and effort without pay, can be nominated.

Awards committee member Maureen Toms says usually 10-12 volunteers are honoured each year, but she knows this is the tip of the iceberg.

“I am constantly amazed every year about the people still out there who have been involved in so many different things for years without being put forward for an award,” she says.

“Often people we’ve never heard about have been doing what they do for 30 years.”

Mrs Toms is a former recipient of the Volunteer Services Award, and she was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in 2004.

Other northern suburb locals who have been the awards night’s guests of honour include fellow QSM holders Johnsonville Community Centre chairman Eric Batten and his wife, Marlene.

Marlene Batten has been a driving force behind the popular Johnsonville Christmas parade and its related festivities.

Ngaio resident Trevor Lloyd was one of last year’s award winners for his 15 years in the Ngaio Progressive Association.

Trevor and Heather Lloyd, 2012

SURPRISE HONOUR: Trevor Lloyd and his wife Heather at the 2012 awards dinner

His work on behalf of the association includes bush conservation and taking care of some of the suburb’s facilities.

Mr Lloyd, left, is still happily involved in making Ngaio a better place.

He enjoyed last year’s volunteers’ dinner. “It was a complete surprise to find out,” says Mr Lloyd.

The Volunteer Services Awards dinner will be held on September 7 at Johnsonville Community Centre, where the newest award winners will be presented with a badge and a mounted plaque.

The North Wellington Volunteer Services Awards have been an annual event since  2001,  the International Year of the Volunteer.  Ohariu MP Peter Dunne chairs the awards committee, which in 13 years has honoured 132 community members who have given their time and skills for the benefit of Wellington’s northern suburbs.

Nomination forms can be filled out at the Johnsonville Citizens Advice Bureau, Newlands Community Centre or the Johnsonville electorate office of Peter Dunne.

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