Locals receive Queen’s Birthday honours
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.