Certificate of appreciation for go-getter
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.