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Looking out for the community . . . Local identities Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, and Helen Algar, of Safer Waitaki, are two of the latest ambassadors for White Ribbon New Zealand. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Oamaru woman Helen Algar is thrilled to join the ranks as an ambassador for White Ribbon New Zealand.

She was appointed as a national ambassador for the organisation two months ago.

Mrs Algar takes her place alongside Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, as the second Waitaki representative.

Snr Sgt McCoy has served as a White Ribbon ambassador since last year.

“I felt hugely privileged,” Mrs Algar said of her appointment.

“I also felt it was a validation of a number of years of hard work both by myself and Jason and the team.”

Mrs Algar is one of only four female ambassadors for White Ribbon New Zealand.

They are all volunteers who meet and share ideas on how they can raise awareness for the anti-domestic violence movement.

Mrs Algar is the safety development facilitator for council-led community project Safer Waitaki. In that role, she has helped publicise family harm across the district.

Mrs Algar said much of her work with White Ribbon would be similar to what she was already doing with Safer Waitaki.

A driving force was her commitment to reducing family violence throughout the community.

“Historically, I have experienced family violence,” she said.

“In my role I’m acutely aware of people in the community and how these things affect families.”

Mrs Algar said there were many White Ribbon events the community could look forward to in the months ahead.

“We’re doing a lot of work throughout the year.”