Posthumous award for community stalwart
A well-known Manawatu personality died two days before being notified she was up for a respected award.
Lorraine Miles was recognised with a posthumous award for 30 years service to the New Zealand Women’s Institute last week.
Her daughter Sarah Carter, along with other family members, received the award from national president Kay Hart at a ceremony in Palmerston North.
Miles died on February 20, aged 76. She also worked with the Feilding Kowhai Lions Club for 34 years and was an expert in banding people together for a good cause. Miles was most famous for being the driving force behind the lively Op Shop Fashion Parade and comical Mr Feilding competitions in the 1990s.
‘‘She would always be looking for a new challenge,’’ Carter said. She was a person with a lot of get up and go – very outgoing, very cheerful and the most amazing, kind person.‘‘
Miles first joined the Bunnythorpe Women’s Institute in the 1980s, but declining numbers saw the group disband. She didn’t stop giving back to the older members though, picking them up for lunch each week.
Kaye Hart, second from right, presents an award to Lorraine Miles’ family.