Wor­thy res­i­dents hon­oured

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Eight distin­guished Porirua res­i­dents were given civic awards at a Porirua City coun­cil func­tion at Pataka on July 14. Mary Casey Casey has lived in Plim­mer­ton for more than 50 years. In 1973, she be­came a mem­ber of the Plim­mer­ton Red Cross Branch and has served as its sec­re­tary, pres­i­dent ap­peal co­or­di­na­tor, emer­gency pre­pared­ness con­vener and rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the lo­cal co-or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee.

She par­tic­i­pated in branch ac­tiv­i­ties such as Blood Bank Ser­vice, Meals on Wheels, Red Rose Day, vis­ited the dis­abled, or­gan­ised the an­nual lun­cheon for mem­bers of the Royal New Zealand Foun­da­tion for the Blind and helped with the an­nual out­ing for the phys­i­cally dis­abled adults from Emer­son House.

Casey in­sti­gated a pro­gramme at Kenepuru Hospi­tal, pro­vid­ing tooth­brushes and tooth­paste to chil­dren who un­der­went oral surgery. Judy McKoy McKoy chairs the Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil, which stages the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments on Wai­tangi Day.

She teaches English to refugees at the Porirua Lan­guage Project and tu­tors for Lit­er­acy Aotearoa.

McKoy has been vol­un­teer­ing at the Mi­grat­ing Kitchen Trust’s ex­hi­bi­tions since 2011 and co­or­di­nates the Mi­grat­ing Kitchen’s cook­ing char­ity.

She has been a driver in the set-up and ad­min­is­tra­tion of Welling­ton Young Voices Choir. Ted Gallen Gallen has given 15 years of vol­un­tary ser­vice to Mana Re­cov­ery Trust since it was es­tab­lished in 1996, when men­tal health pa­tients from Porirua Hospi­tal were de­in­sti­tu­tion­alised back into the com­mu­nity.

He could see the need for an or­gan­i­sa­tion in Porirua City and helped set up Mana Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises in 1996. It changed to Mana Com­mu­nity Trust in 2012.

Gallen’s vi­sion for Mana Re­cov­ery has evolved over 15 years af­ter em­bark­ing on a process of job cre­ation with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the emerg­ing in­dus­tries around re­cy­cling and re­sources re­cov­ery. Pat McCal­man McCal­man vol­un­teers her time in the Windley School li­brary on a daily ba­sis. Her grand­chil­dren used to at­tend the school and she started vol­un­teer­ing there about eight years ago.

She not only works in the li­brary, but helps out in the Ju­nior Syn­di­cate. McCal­man works with chil­dren in many ca­pac­i­ties. She goes on school trips, walks with classes, su­per­vises chil­dren at the Can­nons Creek Li­brary and Can­nons Creek Swim­ming Pool. Marie Wright Wright at­tended Mana Col­lege and has lived in Ti­tahi Bay for nearly 45 years.

She is an el­der of St Ti­mothy’s Church and has spent many hours work­ing on the church grounds and gar­den.

Wright helps out with many com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially any­thing to do with gar­den­ing and hor­ti­cul­ture.

For many years Wright has as­sisted the city coun­cil in plant­ing and main­tain­ing the crib walling on the banks of Toms and Beach roads.

She has also worked ex­ten­sively on the gar­dens around the surf club and around Ohangao Stream. Pip Piper Piper turns 90 this week. The long­time Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent was a mem­ber of the Porirua His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Porirua Ge­neal­ogy So­ci­ety. He has been a very ac­tive mem­ber of the Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Plim­mer­ton com­mu­nity and Mil­len­nium events with Alan Reader, and has been a vol­un­teer at the ge­neal­ogy desk of Porirua Li­brary for many years. Den­nis and Enid Ken­nemore Den­nis and Enid Ken­nemore moved to Ti­tahi Bay in 1961.

They are both life mem­bers of the Ti­tahi Bay Golf Club, mem­bers and sup­port­ers of the Ti­tahi Bay Surf Club and Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club.

They fi­nanced im­prove­ment to the north en­trance at Ti­tahi Bay Beach and do­nated two seats.

Enid cre­ated gar­dens at Ti­tahi Bay Golf Club and Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club.

She was a driver for Meals on Wheels and or­gan­ised the Daf­fodil Cancer collection for many years. She vol­un­teered for the Cancer So­ci­ety, driv­ing pa­tients to and from their homes to Welling­ton Hospi­tal.

Enid has rep­re­sented the area in four sports – golf, ten­nis, bad­minton and squash. El­iz­a­beth Mea­clem Mea­clem com­pleted four years of work at Mana Re­cov­ery Trust this month.

At the time of em­ploy­ment she was ad­vised the or­gan­i­sa­tion was fac­ing in­sol­vency be­cause of the eco­nomic down­turn and set about mak­ing vi­tal and ef­fec­tive changes to the trust.

With 70 people in the train­ing pro­gramme and half its 48 staff liv­ing with a se­ri­ous men­tal health ill­ness, em­ploy­ees are grate­ful for the chance to work or vol­un­teer.

Mea­clem’s vi­sion has helped people achieve lives full of pur­pose and to re­cover from ill­ness.

Win­ners: Civic award re­cip­i­ents, from left, El­iz­a­beth Mea­clem, Marie Wright, Ted Gallen, Enid Ken­nemore, Pat McCal­man, Den­nis Ken­nemore, Mary Casey, Pip Piper. Be­hind are Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, Ngati Toa kau­matua Taku Parai and Mana MP Kris Faafoi.

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