Unsung heroes honoured by council
Four ‘‘unsung heroes’’ have been recognised for their lifetime of community service in a ceremony at the Manawatu¯ District Council.
Sally Reed, Ann Williamson and Bill and Marion Abbiss join 96 other district residents who are permanently etched into the honours board in the council building’s foyer.
The awards were initiated in 1991 and recognise significant contributions to the community.
Manawatu¯ mayor Helen Worboys said volunteering was the social fabric that brought people together.
‘‘It’s at the heart of any successful community. Volunteers are not paid, they give their time freely and are our unsung heroes.
‘‘It motivates us to get to know our neighbour, gives us confidence to engage with people of different walks of life, different cultures, different income brackets and different beliefs.
‘‘As I work around our district I see the quality of community committees, community projects, events, organisations, clubs and fundraising efforts. I am humbled by the modesty, energy, enthusiasm and achievements of our unsung heroes.’’
They receive a framed honours certificate, silver council logo pin and have their name engraved on the council’s honours board.
Reed said she worked to get things done. She lived in Glen O¯ roua for donkey’s years and is known for her dedication to the Glen O¯ roua Country Women’s Institute, Te Kawau Playcentre, Glen O¯ roua Country Women’s Institute Choir and the local scout brigade.
Bill and Marion Abbiss are an iconic duo in Halcombe. Bill’s farming practices at Silverton have become the subject of international research - he applied rotational grazing long before it became a recognised method.
He had a long involvement with local government, having been a councillor on the O¯ roua County Council for several years and was the creator of the popular Bill’s Walk, which treks from his farm in Halcombe to the clock tower in Feilding for St John.
Williamson has been the vehicle behind the Manawatu¯ Rural Support Services, having dedicated 10 years to isolated and remote families in the district.
She joined the Manchester House board in 2012 and trained as a volunteer tutor for Literacy Feilding. The Feilding-Rangitikei Herald will profile each volunteer in the coming weeks.
Four residents have received Manawatu¯ District Council community honours awards. From left, Bill and Marion Abbiss, Sally Reed and Ann Williamson.