St John stalwart enjoys returning to grassroots
eteran St John volunteer Alan ine joined the organisation as a schoolboy and has never looked back.
The 66-year-old, recently honoured for 52 years’ service with the organisation, has taken on a variety of tasks during his time at St John, from managing local and regional youth divisions to looking after the charity’s archives.
“It’s an organisation that has a whole range of activities and possibilities.
“I guess if you can’t find a niche, there’s something wrong.”
He also gives up several weekends each month to provide first aid at events around Auckland.
“It’s good to actually get back to the grassroots level and provide medical cover at things like sporting events and concerts.”
The ynfield resident, who was also made a Knight of Grace, St John’s highest honour, in 1998, says the lessons learned as a cadet have lasted him a lifetime.
“As a youth member, you learn a lot of good citizen development skills with their programme.
“I enjoyed being there and now I can put something back into the organisation.”
One of the biggest challenges for Mr ine was coordinating volunteers at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990.
“I took three weeks annual leave and just worked on planning and getting the resources we needed together.
“We had 136 local personnel for the games, 16 from overseas and 20 from other regions.”
Along with his involvement in St John, Mr ine raised three children and worked at a busy job in the insurance industry.
St John order matters manager Dennis Dufty, who has known and worked with Mr ine for more than 40 years, says it’s no surprise his friend has been recognised by the organisation yet again.
“Alan has had to juggle a busy private life with his St John work and has done it very well. He’s extremely dedicated.
“He’s also a really humble guy who’s held high offices but is willing to do anything you ask of him.
“It can be the most basic job but Alan doesn’t think anything is beneath him. He’s a great example of a member who puts service above himself.”
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Dedication: St John volunteer Alan Pine shows off the medal that acknowledges his 52 years of service to the organisation.