Local volunteers acknowledged
A total of 91 volunteers from 47 organisations were acknowledged by the MatamataPiako District Council at a event held at Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville on May 31.
‘‘Volunteers are at the heart of community spirit.
‘‘It is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise the hard work and dedication of these volunteers, ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things,’’ Mayor Jan Barnes said at the morning tea.
She said the annual event was a chance to say thanks to the volunteer organisations that put in countless hours of work to benefit our community, without them many services could not exist.
This year the council gave certificates to various groups, instead of awarding them to individuals.
The volunteers were from organisations including the Matamata Historical Society, Matamata Household Budget Advisory Service, Hinuera-Te Poi Lions, Matamata Friendship Circle, Pohlen Pals, Keep Matamata Beautiful, Transition Matamata, Matamata Volunteer Fire Brigade, Citizens Advice Bureau Matamata, Matamata Community Resource Trust, Tom Grant Drive Inc, St John Matamata and Rotary Club of Matamata.