Our 2016 Community Honour recipients
(Posted on: February 16)
On Wednesday 15 February the district honoured five deserving residents who have given back tirelessly to their communities. Richard Bain, John Brock, Alan Rowe, Amanda Street and Janet Bird were all recognised with a Community Honours award for 2016 by Mayor Helen Worboys for their hard work and unselfish dedication in their voluntary careers spanning over decades.
John Brock has been a familiar face to the Pohangina community for over 30 years. “We all work to just get things done.”
John is known for his dedicated work to the Pohangina Valley Community Committee, his work in ‘Project Pohangina’ and the Country Fayre. He has worked tirelessly to bring residents together for the future of Pohangina Valley and for putting it on the map. John has held a range of appointments at the Methodist Church in Pohangina and Ashhurst and his passions bring families together. John continues his involvement in the annual Down Hill Walk which he helped to establish in 1999.
Amanda Street gets things done in Feilding. She is one of the truly humble and giving people that stands out from others. “I just do what I love to do and that’s it.”
Amanda is the driving force behind Evento. Her ten year involvement has seen her build the Wearable Arts Awards from a small event to a massive one at Manfeild Stadium, working all year round in order to get the show off the ground. She is very humble and passionate about supporting youth in the creative arts. Her work through her role of manager at Manchester House is done quietly but shouts of the sort of person she is. Amanda will be the first to put her hand up to help and offer her time.
Alan Rowe has given freely of his talents and services to the community around him for more than 50 years. “I find great joy in entertaining a family of generations”.
Alan Rowe is a music man of many talents. No matter what the event, Alan and his accordion will be there. His time and talent, not for financial reward, but to be of service to others and for his true love of music. Alan is always willing to make available his vintage vehicles and collection of novelty bikes to various community groups for parades and fundraisers to give pleasure to others. Alan’s church is a very big part of his life having been involved for over 50 years.
Loyal, hardworking and dedicated to the many teams he is a part of, when you think of Richard Bain, the first thing that springs to mind is selfless. “I’ll keep going until I can’t go anymore”.
Richard has been an integral part of the Halcombe community for many years. Richard also dedicates immense effort to the Hub Church and the NZ Military Vehicles Club where he has been secretary for the last six years. When the church was established 10 years ago, Richard and his wife Faye were the first to volunteer their support. Many lives in the community are better because of the time spend in the presence of Richard. Richard gets on with the job and is always the first to put his hand up as the ‘true do-er’ that all communities need to be successful.
Janet Bird was also recognised at an earlier ceremony in November as a Community Honours award recipient for 2016 for her 25 years of voluntary service to Makino Kindergarten.