‘Amazing’ volunteer acknowledged
Among her many contributions, Pam Gardiner cared for children in her home
An unsung Wakatipu volunteer, Pam Gardiner, was rewarded for her almost 19 years of service to Wakatipu Victim Support at a surprise function to honour her before she and husband Tony move to Rangiora. Victim Support national chairperson Lorraine Scanlon flew into Queenstown especially to present a national service award to Mrs Gardiner and attend her farewell. Wakatipu Victim Support chairwoman Fae Robertson said Mrs Gardiner served first as a volunteer at serious accidents, sudden deaths and major traumas. She also managed the finances for the Wakatipu group as treasurer for the past 10 years. Mrs Gardiner also provided a home for children of all ages for anything from a few nights to a few weeks as part of a welfare group. Mrs Robertson said Mrs Gardiner was caring for some of these children while also nursing her incapacitated husband back to health for five months after a major accident. ‘‘She also raised children of her own as well. She is an amazing example of volunteer work.’’
Thank you: From left: Victim Support co-ordinator Sue Dennis, Pam and Tony Gardiner and chairwoman Fae Robertson with the gift from Wakatipu Victim Support, a photo by Matt Wong of the view from the Gardiner’s Queenstown home.
Well-earned: Long-time Wakatipu Victim Support volunteer Pam Gardiner (left) receives a national service award from Victim Support national chairwoman Lorraine Scanlon.