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At the re­cent Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil Vol­un­teer recog­ni­tion morn­ing held in Mor­rinsville, I re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate ac­knowl­edg­ing the work of the Civil De­fence Wel­fare team. This group of dis­trict wide vol­un­teers was ac­tive for 20 years, meet­ing three times an­nu­ally, re­ceiv­ing train­ing and car­ry­ing out ex­er­cises un­der the guid­ance of Emer­gency Management, Thames Val­ley Com­bined Dis­trict. The group was ca­pa­ble of set­ting up wel­fare sites in the case of civil emer­gency. This role is now man­aged by coun­cil.

I ac­cept the recog­ni­tion on be­half of all who gave their time will­ingly over the 20 years and the sup­port given to me in the role of team leader for 14 years. Spe­cial men­tion must be made of Diane Hazel­ton who was the minute taker all those years. Thank you ev­ery­one.

-Shirley Gil­lard

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