By David Hill
Seventeen residents have been recognised with Waimakariri District Council community service awards.
Now it in the 27th year, the awards provide an opportunity to say a public thank you in recognition of voluntary service in the areas of sport, recreation or youth development, health, welfare, arts, culture and much more, Mayor David Ayers says.
“The awards allow us to formally recognise the substantial commitment people show who are working quietly in the background making our community a better place to live.
“It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort people put forward to enrich the lives of others.
“They do so willingly and selflessly and for that we are immensely thankful.”
This year’s recipients include Des Lines, Lisa Maree Burrow, Stan Price, Philip Redmond, Martin Pinkham, Neville Wyatt, Edy Lawrey, Gerry Leaper, Graeme Lawrey, Judith Godman, Lindsay Kerr, Sharon Batchelor, Roy Adams, Jim Gerard, Jeanette Busch, Peter Allen and Don Robertson.
Des Lines, a retired commercial pilot, has been dedicated his time to teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and experience of all things aviation.
Lisa Maree Burrow has served as Oxford RSA as secretary, driving a school bus, in kea scouts and the Oxford Historical and Records Society.
Stan Price has been an active member of the Pines Beach and Kairaki Residents Association committee for the past 17 years, serving in Civil Defence, The Pines Beach and Kairaki Association Gala, beach clean ups and is a life member of the Waimakariri Sailing Club.
Philip Redmond has shared his legal expertise with many groups including Kaiapoi Promotions Association and is involved in several organisations.
Martin Pinkham has volunteered with Kaiapoi Scouts, at Kaiapoi Borough School, treasurer of the Kaiapoi Photographic Club, 10 years on the Kaiapoi High School Board of Trustees and supporting the Karanga Mai Young Parents College.
Neville Wyatt and his late wife Tomi fostered more than 20 children and he has worked with Habitat for Humanity, the Reflections Trust events and the Person 2 Person Help Trust.
Edy Lawrey has been a member of the North Canterbury Musical Society for 25 years, is an organist for Saints Mary and Francis de Sales Catholic Church and supports the Ashley Playcentre Committee and the Loburn School Committee.
Gerry Leaper is a retired accountant and has been an auditor and reviewer for several organisations, has served on the Ashley Community Church committee and is a keen fiction writer.
Graeme Lawrey is an accountant and has audited or reviewed the annual accounts for several organisations and instigated the development of the Northbrook Studios. In 1990 he was appointed as the official Rangiora Town Crier.
Judith Godman was a North Canterbury Minibus Trust driver for 10 years and has been involved in the Kaiapoi Golf Club.
Lindsay Kerr has been committed to the sporting scene for 32 years, including cricket, he is Canterbury Country Cricket Association chairperson, has served on the Ashley Forest Rallysprint organising committee and has been active in Rangiora Lions.
Sharon Batchelor has active in the Rangiora Hockey Club for 32 years and sees her main legacy as the practice and mini-hockey astroturf at Dudley Park and has served on school committees.
Roy Adams has contributed 48 years to the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade, reaching the rank of senior firefighter and trained driver.
Jim Gerard QSO has served the Oxford County Council, was MP for Rangiora 13 years from 1984 and later Waimakariri Mayor for six years, a district councillor and now Rangiora-Ashley Community Board chairperson.
Jeanette Busch has been a regular visitor to the Holmwood rest-home in Rangiora for 15 years.
Peter Allen was Rangiora High School principal for 13 years, is a district councillor and supporter of numerous organisations including organiser of the Rangiora Rotary book sale.
Don Robertson has been a North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust board member since 2008, the Rangiora and Eyreton Pony Clubs and the North Canterbury Equine Trust.