Emo­tions high as leader leaves

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Raewyn Brown’s fam­ily will be able to en­joy con­sis­tently good meals now that her time won’t be eaten up by be­ing in­volved with St John.

The Mata­mata woman is re­tir­ing from her role as the town’s St John di­vi­sional man­ager af­ter four years.

‘‘I want to thank my fam­ily for putting up with the ter­ri­ble meals on a Wed­nes­day night and hav­ing St John ma­te­rial all over the kitchen ta­ble, the server and the bed­room,’’ she said at a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion last Wed­nes­day.

When she moved from Mor­rinsville to Mata­mata in 2010 Brown brought with her four cadets; now there are 55.

Leav­ing was emo­tional for both Brown and her cadets.

One cadet even burst into tears when speak­ing about her much-loved di­vi­sional man­ager. The cadet cred­ited Brown for re­build­ing the di­vi­sion.

The cadets, who earn badges for learn­ing new skills, gave Brown her own badges in­clud­ing one for teach­ing one cadet to drop the ‘s’ from St John’s, as it should be St John.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

MAR­VEL­LOUS MAN­AGER: Raewyn Brown is re­tir­ing as the Mata­mata di­vi­sional man­ager for St John af­ter four years.

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