Volunteers honoured

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Volunteers from around the Waitaki district were recognised for their extensive work at the Waitaki Citizens’ Awards on Monday.
Carron Cossens, of Kurow, Mike Gray, of Duntroon and Oamaru, Ron Harris, of Oamaru, John Longman, of Oamaru, John Methers, of Palmerston, Vicky Munro, of Otematata, Rosemary Smyth, of Oamaru, and Bill Wallace, of Kurow, were honoured at a ceremony at the Oamaru Opera House, where they were each presented with a plaque.
Mrs Cossens was recognised for work in areas such as mental health and adult literacy. She has been involved with Kurow’s community vehicle programme and St John.
Mr Gray was honoured for his promotion of Duntroon for the past 18 years and Mr Longman for his commitment to the welfare of former servicemen and servicewomen.
Mr Methers was celebrated for his involvement in groups, such as the Jaycees, Lions, the Palmerston RSA, and his work with Puketapu Radio, and Mrs Munro was honoured for involvement with the Otematata Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Otematata Residents’ Association and several sports clubs. Mrs
Smyth received a plaque for her work with rest-home residents and those in private care, and Mr Wallace was honoured for his work at rest-home Whalan Lodge and other volunteer work.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said the recipients had more than earned their awards.
“All of the recipients are very deserving of recognition for their voluntary work across the district that positively affects so many others. The citizens’ awards are a significant event each year and it’s a great privilege to be able to honour those who have given so much to our community.”
Citizens’ awards nominations for 2017 open in May.

Pictured are:  (front, from left) Rosemary Smyth, Carron Cossens, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher, Vicky Munro, Bill Wallace; (back) John Longman, John Methers, Mike Gray and Ron Harris.

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