QSM for law volunteer
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.