Older hon­ours


A woman who plays tenor horn in a big band, but who doesn’t like blow­ing her own trum­pet, has won the over­all Palmer­ston North Older Per­son of the Year award.

Gaye Trow not only played in the lo­cal Sav­age Club Big Band but was on the ex­ec­u­tive of the Palmer­ston North RSA, vol­un­teered with the Foun­da­tion for the Blind as the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion’s talk­ing books co­or­di­na­tor, and also helped sort out com­puter prob­lems for her Probus Club mem­bers.

Trow was pre­sented with the Age Con­cern Cup by Palmer­ston North mayor Grant Smith at the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall func­tion on Fri­day.

While Trow was not big on talk­ing about her­self, there were plenty of oth­ers will­ing to talk on her be­half, and she was sur­rounded by well-wish­ers ready and will­ing to dob in her good deeds.

Three other awards were pre­sented dur­ing the af­ter­noon func­tion held in recog­ni­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Older Per­son that was nearly a week ear­lier.

The Grey Power Cup for Older Woman of the Year was pre­sented to new Se­nior Cit­i­zens pres­i­dent Jan Cook. Cook did com­mu­nity work in re­tire­ment homes, drove the Olive Tree Vil­lage van, pro- vided chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal trans­port, and shared meals in her home with el­derly peo­ple.

The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety Cup for the Older Man of the Year went to Ar­ron Schroder for his work with Wan­derSearch, a ra­dio fre­quency-based wear­able track­ing sys­tem that helps find peo­ple prone to wan­der­ing or run­ning off.

Su­per­grans Manawatu¯ was awarded the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cup for Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year. Man­ager Kaye Arnott said it was really pleas­ing to be recog­nised.

‘‘Since 2005, our vol­un­teer­based men­tor­ing has pro­vided every­day life skills through work­shops or one-on-one in the home. Our 40 vol­un­teers range in age from 40 into their 80s – 23 of them are over 60,’’ Arnott said.

It was the sec­ond time the awards had been held. City coun­cil­lor and in­sti­ga­tor of Age Friendly Palmer­ston North Lew Find­lay said they were set up in 2016 be­cause ‘‘there was recog­ni­tion for sport and ev­ery­thing else, but there was no recog­ni­tion for the con­tri­bu­tion older peo­ple made to the com­mu­nity’’.


Older Per­son of the Year Award win­ners, from left, Jan Cook, Kaye Arnott, over­all win­ner Gaye Trow and Ar­ron Schroder.

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