2017 Waimate District Civic Award Recipients

Published: 30 Mar 2017

Waimate Volunteers thanked
for Community Service

Back left to right (standing): Mayor Craig Rowley, Deputy Fire Chief Roger Bell, Ross Hedley, Lyndsay Hossack, Alf Billett, Glen Billett, Chair of the Waimate District Civic Awards Committee Raewyn Francis
Front left to right (sitting): Rochelle Wilson, Denise Campbell, Nancy Dobbie

The annual Waimate District Civic Awards were held at the Waimate Event Centre on Friday 24 March 2017, where a handful of unsung heroes were acknowledged for their community service.

Mayor Craig Rowley said over the last eight years the Waimate District Civic Awards have recognised and thanked 35 individuals, three young people and two groups – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He said in a small district like Waimate our volunteers are important, and without their valued contribution – we’d be a poorer community.

The Civic Awards criteria limits the awards to a maximum of no more than four individual, one junior recipient and one group or organisation each year, and the successful recipients must have carried out significant and meritorious voluntary community service within the Waimate district.

Alf & Glen Billett, Denise Campbell, Nancy Dobbie and Lyndsay Hossack, were chosen as the Adult Civic Award Recipients this year.

This year’s Youth Civic Award presented to Rochelle Wilson by Royal NZ Navy Regional Navy Officer, Grant Finlayson.

The Waimate District Civic Awards Committee also presented a Posthumous Award to the family of the late Cheryl Hedley, whom Mayor Rowley quoted as one of the initial founders of the annual Waimate District Civic Awards and who in time would have been presented with an award for her own voluntary service in the community.

For the second year a local organisation was recognised for their service to the community – and Deputy Fire Chief Roger Bell was presented with this award on behalf of the Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Mayor Rowley spoke of the huge commitment firefighters give to our community – and this was especially highlighted with the very recent Port Hills Fires on 13 February which turned into a city-wide state of emergency and then the massive scrub fires on 1 March between Springs Junction and Culverden.

He said this award says that we don’t take this service as granted and that we, as a community, would like to acknowledge and say thanks for your ongoing commitment.

Again this year the function was treated to a medley of songs including the National Anthem by the Waimate Community Choir.

Mayor Rowley stated there was a high calibre of nominations received. He said all the nominees were worthy of an award, and hoped that their nominators and seconders try again next year.

Mayor Rowley acknowledges the work of the Selection Committee, whose makeup is drawn from the community, service clubs, Council and local Iwi.

Mayor Craig Rowley