Cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for go-get­ter

Newslink - - NEWS - By RACHAEL KELLY

Ray Dick­son is a man who wears sev­eral hats – hus­band, fa­ther, farmer, me­chanic, singer and en­ter­tainer.

He even wears a vol­un­teer fire­man’s hel­met.

But it is his role as the chair­man of the Waikaia Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and the Waikaia Progress League that has seen him re­ceiv­ing ac­co­lades this month.

Dick­son was awarded a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his 30 years of work in the Waikaia com­mu­nity by the South­land District Coun­cil. ‘‘It’s just one of those things you do.’’ He said too many people are pre­pared to sit back and moan.

If res­i­dents are com­plain­ing they should do some­thing about it in­stead, Dick­son said.

He and his wife Mairie moved to Waikaia in the late 1970s and he quickly be­came in­volved in com­mu­nity projects.

‘‘There was rag­wort grow­ing on the side of the road on the grass verges then. There’s been a lot of changes, es­pe­cially sec­tion prices – $200 was a lot of money for a sec­tion back then.’’

He has been in­volved in many projects, in­clud­ing help­ing to raise $167,000 for the town’s new mu­seum project.

‘‘There’s been a lot of people help­ing along the way.

‘‘What I’ve found lately is that new­com­ers to the town are keen to get in­volved rather than the older ones who have been here for a while.’’

Now there is talk of es­tab­lish­ing a walk­ing track around the perime­ter of the town, and he has just signed up for an­other three years as chair­man of the Progress League. ‘‘I’m an easy touch,’’ he said. ‘‘I guess over the 30 years my big­gest achieve­ment is the fact the vil­lage is still go­ing and still here.’’


Well done: Ray Dick­son of Waikaia was re­cently pre­sented with a Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award by the South­land District Coun­cil.

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