Volunteers receive recognition
Two St John volunteers are humbled to be recognised for their services to the health sector.
Palmerston North woman Wendy Dromgool was made a Member of the Order recently for her volunteer work and contribution to St John.
Dromgool was one of about 30 people to be presented with awards by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.
‘‘I’m humbled. We all do our bit.’’
She starting working with St
‘‘"[Beavers gave] outstanding service to St John and is a great asset to the organisation. He richly deserves promotion.’’
John eight years ago and has thrown herself into a range of roles as an employee and volunteer, including fundraising and administrative roles, and working alongside the four area committee relationship managers.
As a volunteer she has helped out at the local opportunity shop and has taken on acting roles on area committees when needed.
Dromgool said St John was an important service in Manawatu.
She felt privileged to be able to help and ‘‘support the people’’ in the local community.
Levin resident Noel Beavers was also recognised for his contribution to St John, after being made an Officer of the Order at a ceremony held in Wellington.
Beavers has been with the charitable organisation for 46 years, most recently as the chair of Levin’s area committee. He has done a lot of community work in Horowhenua over the decades.
He spent a lot of time volunteering at the Levin op shop, spending 10 hours or more a day, 7 days a week, at the shop, with support from only one other committee member.
He was now working on the opening of a second shop in the district.
Regional honours committee chair Jeremy Stubbs said Beavers gave ‘‘outstanding service to St John and is a great asset to the organisation. He richly deserves promotion’’.
About 30 people were presented awards at a ceremony held in Wellington on June 24.
Wendy Dromgool was made a Member of the Order for her work with St John.