Community stalwart honoured

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Anne Duncan has been a stalwart of the Cheviot community.

For over 50 years she has served her community in many ways and has been pivotal both professionally and as a volunteer in her involvement.

Her long standing and selfless contribution to Cheviot community was recognised with a Community Service Award at the recent Hurunui District Council’s 2017 Community Awards ceremony in Waiau.

Anne has been a council officer and committee secretary, a Justice of the Peace, secretary of the Anzac committee, treasurer of St John Ambulance committee, receiving a priory Vote of Thanks in 1996, a member of the executive of the Cheviot Historical Records Society and an independent auditor of financial records for many Cheviot sporting and service clubs and organisations.

She started working for the council in the early 1960s and then went on to become secretary for the Licensing Trust for many years.

She returned to work for the council in 1985 and remained an employee for another 30 years until her retirement in 2015.

Anne was a consummate professional and often went above and beyond the call of duty ensuring things needing done around the town, were done, regularly doing an unofficial inspection while out walking to ensure everything was “tip-top”.

Her work is still not done. She is often relied on to recall what has happened in Cheviot in a council sense, when and why, being a great historian and font of knowledge. In 1993 Anne was a pivotal member of the centennial committee as secretary, organising the centennial celebrations and liaising with the Cheviot museum in the production of John Wilson’s book Kingdom To County. She has been a JP since 1990.