‘Amaz­ing’ vol­un­teer ac­knowl­edged

Among her many con­tri­bu­tions, Pam Gar­diner cared for chil­dren in her home

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By SUE FEA

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.’’

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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.

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Well-earned: Long-time Wakatipu Vic­tim Sup­port vol­un­teer Pam Gar­diner (left) re­ceives a national ser­vice award from Vic­tim Sup­port national chair­woman Lor­raine Scan­lon.

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