For a love of com­mu­nity

Matamata Chronicle - - Happy New Year - By ABBY BROWN

A vol­un­teer’s 10 years of ser­vice was ac­knowl­edged and three vol­un­teers were pre­sented their ac­cred­i­ta­tion cer­tifi­cates, at the Cit­i­zen Ad­vice Bureau Christ­mas party.

Irene Jef­fries started vol­un­teer­ing at the CAB 10 years ago as work­ing part time at a rest home gave her plenty of time to vol­un­teer. ‘‘I worked fours day on, four days off,’’ she said.

She said the friendly group of vol­un­teers, and get­ting to know more peo­ple in her com­mu­nity, had in­spired her to stay with CAB, although she now vol­un­teers less as she now works full­time at a su­per­mar­ket.

‘‘ But the New Year will bring new res­o­lu­tions,’’ she said. Jef­fries hoped the New Year might in­spire more peo­ple to vol­un­teer.

Jeff Nobes and Julie Tracey were pre­sented their ac­cred­i­ta­tion cer­tifi­cates by Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil mayor Jan Barnes. Pushpa Pa­tel was also awarded ac­cred­i­ta­tion, but was not able to at­tend the event.

Jean Clancy, chair­woman of CAB, said the three vol­un­teers had gained ac­cred­i­ta­tion by com­plet­ing four two-hour ses­sions, two ob­ser­va­tions of other vol­un­teers and 10 shifts per­form­ing var­i­ous du­ties.

Barnes en­cour­aged the CAB vol­un­teers to not think they were a small en­tity.

‘‘This is where the heart of the com­mu­nity is,’’ she said. ‘‘The CAB is a strong en­tity. They make a dif­fer­ence, they fly un­der the radar but take the time to make sure they have the tools to support the com­mu­nity.’’

Part of the CAB vol­un­teers’ du­ties are mak­ing book­ings for the health shut­tle.

From May 1, 2008, when the shut­tle started, un­til the end of Novem­ber, the shut­tle has taken 13,014 pas­sen­gers.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

STEP­PING UP: Mata­mata Cit­i­zen Ad­vice Bureau vol­un­teers, from sec­ond left, Irene Jef­fries, Julie Tracey and Jeff Nobes were pre­sented cer­tifi­cates by mayor Jan Barnes at their Christ­mas party last week.

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