Outstanding service recognised
by Mike Isle
Ten people received awards for their service to the community at this year’s Malvern Community Awards ceremony in Darfield on Friday night.
A group of five St John youth received the inaugural Youth Community Service award. Rebecca Inch, Samuel Ireland, Daisy Prosser, Bailey Inwood and Jenny Walter were recognised for completing their St John Senior Shield Badge, which includes doing more than 100 hours of volunteering.
The group also won five categories at this year’s St John Mid-Canterbury Youth Competition.
Five Community Service Awards were also given to long-standing volunteers Mike Davies, Reg Anderson, Craig Moody, Carol Gurney and Errol Ashby.
Mr Davies was recognised for his volunteer work as a Civil Defence first responder looking after neighbours in Hororata following the earthquakes and helping protect houses from flooding. Along with looking after the Hororata Domain and church grounds at his own expense and managing car parking at big community events including the Hororata Night Glow. A Justice of the Peace and 23-year member of the Glentunnel Township Committee, Mr Anderson was noted as a strong, community-minded man always willing to get involved and support others.
Mr Moody received his award for his active, practical involvement in many different community groups including the Glentunnel Community Centre, Coalgate Township Committee, Glentunnel Reserve Committee, Glentunnel Indoor Bowls and Glentunnel Museum.
Mrs Gurney was recognised for her efforts as a willing volunteer at many community events and for setting up the second-hand clothing stall Carol’s Closet, which raises money for the Hororata Anglican Parish.
Mr Ashby received his award for his work as founding chairman of the Malvern Community Patrol, a member of the Malvern Community Vehicle Trust and a Red Cross Meals on Wheels volunteer.