Lo­cals re­ceive Queen’s Birth­day hon­ours

Central Otago Mirror - - HEALTH - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

Two Cen­tral Otago res­i­dents have been recog­nised for their ser­vices to the com­mu­nity, re­ceiv­ing Queen’s Birth­day hon­ours.

Wil­liam (Bill) Dun­bar, of Cromwell, been awarded a New Zealand Or­der of Merit, while Deirdre Jolly, of Alexandra, has been awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Or­der.

Dun­bar is a suc­cess­ful Otago busi­ness­man who has lent his skills to gov­ern­ing the Pa­tients Aid Char­i­ta­ble Trust (PACT), an NGO which sup­ports peo­ple with a va­ri­ety of health and dis­abil­ity sup­port needs. Dun­bar be­came chair­man of PACT in 1990, and has con­tin­ued in this role to present day. He has over­seen PACT’s growth in turnover from $100,000 to more than $28 mil­lion for an or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports more than 1500 peo­ple and em­ploys more than 450. Un­der his guid­ance PACT has spread from Otago to South­land, the West Coast and Welling­ton.

Jolly has been Chair of the Alexandra Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vices since 1979. As chair, Jolly has over­seen the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau, the Dun­stan Work Trust, re­la­tion­ship ser­vices and the ap­point­ments of a sub­stance abuse coun­sel­lor, a vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor and a youth worker, as well as the es­tab­lish­ment of Age Aware­ness Week and a So­cial Ser­vices Cen­tre. She joined the Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau as a vol­un­teer in 1990 and re­mains a mem­ber of the sub­se­quent group, the Alexandra Com­mu­nity Ad­vice Net­work. She helped es­tab­lish a branch of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Women in Cen­tral Otago and is a long-time mem­ber of the Catholic Women’s League. She has been a com­mit­tee mem­ber for the Alexandra Blos­som Fes­ti­val since 1973. Jolly was a coun­cil­lor on the Alexandra Borough Coun­cil from 1977 to 1989.

Mean­while, in­ter­na­tional high flyer Alan (AJ) Hack­ett was awarded a New Zealand Or­der of Merit for his ser­vices to ad­ven­ture tourism. He opened the world’s first full-time com­mer­cial bungy site at the Kawa­rau Bridge, near Queen­stown, and co-founded the AJ Hack­ett com­pany with Henry van Asch.


Deirdre Jolly, of Alexandra, has been awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Or­der for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

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