QSM for law vol­un­teer

Waipa Post - - News -

Cam­bridge woman Jo­ce­lyn Cooney has been awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

Jo­ce­lyn is a part­ner at Cam­bridge law firm Cooney Law and has used her pro­fes­sional le­gal ex­per­tise to sup­port a range of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She has strong ties to Cam­bridge, hav­ing com­pleted her own high school ed­u­ca­tion there and re­turn­ing to raise her fam­ily.

Jo­ce­lyn has been prac­tis­ing as a bar­ris­ter and so­lic­i­tor for 44 years.

In 1996 she was ap­pointed as the coroner of the Cam­bridge dis­trict and con­tin­ued in that role un­til June 2007.

Jo­ce­lyn has served as the hon­orary so­lic­i­tor for a num­ber of com­mu­nity and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Cam­bridge Par­ents Cen­tre, Grey Power Cam­bridge, Cam­bridge Cre­ative Fi­bre, Cam­bridge Health and Com­mu­nity Trust, Lyceum House, Ro­tary, Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity House and Cam­bridge Rid­ing for the Dis­abled.

“All of the or­gan­i­sa­tions have dif­fer­ent things that ap­peal to me,” Jo­ce­lyn says. “Each one is a great cause.”

Jo­ce­lyn was a Trustee of the Waipa¯ Com­mu­nity Trust for more than nine years and is cur­rently serv­ing on the Cam­bridge Safer Com­mu­nity Char­i­ta­ble Trust (Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port), The Cam­bridge Au­tumn Fes­ti­val Trust and has been on the Board of Salisbury School in Nelson for more than eight years.

She has been a mem­ber of the New Zealand Law So­ci­ety Cost Re­vi­sion Com­mit­tee for the last 20 years and was a foun­da­tion trustee for three years at Hau­tapu School.

Jo­ce­lyn adds the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal to a col­lec­tion of awards.

She re­ceived the Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil Her­itage Award in 2013 and the Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award in 2011.

Jo­ce­lyn says she was emo­tional when she heard the news she would re­ceive a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

She thanks her hus­band David, two chil­dren and staff for their sup­port through­out her years vol­un­teer­ing.

Jo­ce­lyn says she chooses to vol­un­teer be­cause she finds it fun and re­ward­ing.

“I get so much en­joy­ment from vol­un­teer­ing. I find you get back 10 times what you put it.”


CAM­BRIDGE lawyer Jo­ce­lyn Cooney has been awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

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