Clive to bid farewell to com­mu­nity role


Clive Cal­low was des­tined to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

He says he in­her­ited a ‘‘com­mu­nity ser­vice gene’’ from his mother’s side of the fam­ily, as well as a ‘‘help­ing gene’’.

The Com­mu­nity Trust of Mid and South Can­ter­bury com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager will re­tire in Jan­uary af­ter six years in the po­si­tion. Leav­ing the job will mark the end of a life-time’s work in the com­mu­nity, though Cal­low says he will still keep busy with var­i­ous projects.

‘‘My wife [Doreen - a teacher] and I are both re­tir­ing,’’ Cal­low said. ‘‘We are both at the right age to re­tire and want to do our OE and we want to do it while we’re still phys­i­cally able.’’

It has been a job he has en­joyed, he said. ‘‘It gives you a good feel­ing to help oth­ers.’’

The trust uses the re­turns from in­vest­ments to fund its philanthropy and in its last fi­nan­cial year, $1.449m was do­nated to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and their projects through­out the re­gion.

Cal­low said he had ap­plied for the job as it ‘‘suited me to a tee’’. His role, and that of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Liz Shea, were cre­ated when the trust’s gen­eral man­ager John Wil­son re­signed in 2011.

Cal­low al­ready had a strong in­volve­ment with the com­mu­nity as the club li­ai­son of­fi­cer for the Mid and South Can­ter­bury rugby unions.

‘‘I was from Pleas­ant Point and from 1980 to 2002 was the high school guid­ance coun­sel­lor and a teacher. ‘‘I be­came part of the se­nior man­age­ment team and was the deputy prin­ci­pal in the last year of the school.’’

The school closed in 2005 and it was this move, and his mother’s in­flu­ence, to which Cal­low at­tributes his in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy.

Cal­low said the ‘‘dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy revo­lu­tion’’ took off in his last years at Pleas­ant Point High School. He de­cided to fol­low his mother’s lead and record the last year of the school.

‘‘I had al­ready be­gun with fam­ily pho­tog­ra­phy and then the kids bought me a dig­i­tal cam­era when they first came out in 2003.’’

The cam­era then came in handy when his work moved to the rugby union li­ai­son role. His pho­tog­ra­phy skills be­came a nec­es­sary skill in his role with the com­mu­nity trust, as pro­mo­tion of the trust, and work­ing with the me­dia had been big parts of the role, he said.

In the job he also man­aged ap­pli­ca­tions from com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and had been re­quired to ‘‘be out there in the com­mu­nity’’.

He said while the board made the fi­nal de­ci­sion about where the funds were granted in the re­gion, he had al­ways en­joyed be­ing part of com­mu­nity projects and see­ing groups achieve, some­times, ma­jor work.

‘‘There’s been some big recre­ational projects like CBay, and the Ash­bur­ton equiv­a­lent, which were ma­jor.’’ He said in re­cent times the trust had de­vel­oped ‘‘closer re­la­tion­ships’’ with the Arowhenua and Hakatere maraes and the Te Ai­tarak­ihi Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre.

‘‘There’s also a few or­gan­i­sa­tions that we’ve en­cour­aged the de­vel­op­ment of such as Vol­un­teer­ing Mid and South Can­ter­bury and given fund­ing to, to­wards the ex­pan­sion of their ser­vices.’’

Cal­low did some math­e­mat­ics be­fore The Timaru Her­ald vis­ited and said by the end of Novem­ber, just over $8 mil­lion had been funded by the trust, that he’d had some in­volve­ment in the as­sess­ment of the ap­pli­ca­tions.

Help­ing in the com­mu­nity was some­thing he en­joyed long be­fore his days with the trust, he said.

‘‘I was in­volved with get­ting the Pleas­ant Point squash courts up and run­ning, and as­sisted with de­vel­op­ment at the Pleas­ant Point Rugby Club. ‘‘It’s about putting some­thing there that will serve the com­mu­nity for many years hence. It’s some­what of a legacy.’’

He said in his time with the trust, there had not been an in­crease in the num­ber of fund ap­pli­ca­tions. ‘‘When I first came here the amount be­ing sought was dou­ble what the trust had avail­able,’’ he said.

He said over time peo­ple had be­come bet­ter at re­search­ing more be­fore they ap­plied. This meant they had been mak­ing pitches which had been closer to what the trust could give out, he said.

Wel­fare groups were con­sis­tently look­ing for fund­ing to pay field work­ers in the com­mu­nity, he said. He had also no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of cul­tural groups which had de­vel­oped over the past few years too.

He would not be tak­ing life af­ter re­tire­ment at a slower pace. ‘‘I won’t be stand­ing still. I will still have my pho­tog­ra­phy and in­volve­ment in other com­mu­nity things.’’


Com­mu­nity Trust of Mid and South Can­ter­bury com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Clive Cal­low is re­tir­ing in Jan­uary.


Clive Cal­low is never far from a cam­era.

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