Vol­un­teers re­ceive recog­ni­tion

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - GE­OR­GIA FOR­RESTER

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.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Wendy Drom­gool was made a Mem­ber of the Or­der for her work with St John.

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