Our 2017 Community Honour recipients


(Posted on: October 2)

On Thursday 21 September, Mayor Helen and Councillors came to honour four individuals who have given lifetimes of voluntary commitment and dedication to the Manawatū community.

Bill and Marion Abbiss, Sally Reed and Ann Williamson were humbled to receive their award in front of their proud family and friends.

In the famous words of Margaret Mead – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;  - indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Mayor Helen Worboys said, “As I work around our district, I see the quality of community committees, community projects, events, organisations, clubs, and fundraising efforts, and I am humbled by the modesty, energy, enthusiasm and achievements of our unsung heroes.”

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen but volunteers make it happen.”

For Bill and Marion, they say: “we should all aspire to be unsung heroes of our community.” They are are two people who just get on with life. Theirs is a story about a lifetime of commitment having both given years upon years of work and dedication that can only be described as outstanding voluntary service to the Halcombe, Manawatū District and wider region.

You'll see Bill and Marion championing and walking the full 20km of "Bill's Walk" a 20km annual fundraising event for St John. Over the past 12 years they have raised nearly $37,000. Their contribution to the Halcombe community in more ways than one proves clearly that no matter which of them is leading out on something, beside them stands a very supportive spouse willing to give a helping hand to a community they value so deeply.

For Sally Reed, she insists that “for every one person that receives an award there are 10 others that are just as deserving.” Sally has given fresh, innovative and energetic support to everything she has been involved with over the years. In fact the number of years she hasn’t been seen doing something for the community in her 46 years of marriage has only totalled three.

Sally's many hours of dedication to the Glen Oroua and Rongotea community have been a class act. Whether it be the local scouts brigade and girl guides, relief teaching, secretary, treasurer or president of the many clubs she's been involved in, Sally is always happy to make a contribution to any endeavour she is involved with.

Ann Williamson firmly believes that “you have to work as a team, that’s what is important.”

Ann Williamson’s dedication and application to the duties and services she undertakes in her community can be classed as simply outstanding. Ann has dedicated years of her services to the welfare and wellbeing of people in the community when it comes to Manawatu Rural Support Services. Encouraging students and watching them realise their goals and discovering themselves is why Ann does what she does every day.

Congratulations to all of our worthy recipients. Our community is indebted to the outstanding commitment and hours of voluntary work you give our district.