Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers ac­knowl­edged


Five peo­ple re­ceived Palmer­ston North’s high­est ac­co­lade last week.

Stewart Col­lis, Ian Gray, Jenny Mair, Mar­garet May and Is­abelle Poff-Pen­cole were recog­nised in the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre with Civic Awards for what mayor Grant Smith said were ‘‘ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tions to the city’’.

Col­lis had de­voted much of his life to serv­ing the farm­ing com­mu­nity, es­tab­lish­ing the Feild­ing Ru­ral Trad­ing So­ci­ety, now Farm­lands, and serv­ing on its board for 12 years.

His work with the Manawatu Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion con­trib­uted to hear­ing loss even­tu­ally be­ing recog­nised as a dis­abil­ity.

A mem­ber of the Manawatu His­toric Ve­hi­cle Col­lec­tion Trust, Col­lis con­trib­utes at the Coach House Mu­seum in var­i­ous vol­un­teer roles.

A life mem­ber of the the Manawatu Mas­ters Cy­cling Club, Gray has ded­i­cated more than 50 years to cy­cling.

He es­tab­lished the first open Novice Tour of Manawatu as a na­tional event, helped re­ju­ve­nate the Feild­ing velo­drome, has coached many rep­re­sen­ta­tive rid­ers and is writ­ing a his­tory of cy­cle rac­ing in Manawatu

Mair has con­trib­uted to the Manawatu Scot­tish So­ci­ety for more than 40 years, to the Pipes and Drums of Palmer­ston North and Dis­tricts and to the Manawatu Orchid So­ci­ety. The Jenny Mair High­land Square Day has grown to be the sec­ond largest pipe band con­test in the coun­try, and Mair is also the pri­mary or­gan­iser of the an­nual Colin Craig Claid­heamh’mor In­vi­ta­tional Solo Pip­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

A founder of Across So­cial Ser­vices, which pro­vides so­cial work, coun­selling, and fos­ter care ser­vices, May has served as its board mem­ber, and is now chair of the Manawatu Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Trust pro­vid­ing homes for up to 50 peo­ple. She has served on the Globe The­atre Trust board since 2011 and is cur­rently its sec­re­tary.

Poff-Pen­cole has ded­i­cated 20 years to grow­ing the lo­cal Al­liance Fran«aise into a thriv­ing French lan­guage and cul­tural cen­tre. She has helped make the de­liv­ery of trans­la­tion and in­ter- pret­ing ser­vices in New Zealand more pro­fes­sional, mak­ing it eas­ier for mi­nor­ity groups to ac­cess govern­ment ser­vices, and also set­ting up free lit­er­ary classes for French-speak­ing refugees from the Congo.

The City’s Civic Awards have been cel­e­brated since 1988.


Civic Award win­ners, top row, Ian Gray, Mar­garet May and Jenny Mair. Bot­tom row, Is­abelle Poff-Pen­cole and Stewart Col­lis.

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