We are very lucky to have a wonderful group of people in our St Aidans Family who enjoy helping others and recently two of them have had their deeds recognised by others outside the St Aidans Community.
I’m sure that the majority of you have heard of Margaret King receiving her Queens Service Medal for Community Service. This was presented to Margaret at a recent ceremony at Government House in Wellington by the Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Matepare. When presenting her medal he said “Thank you for volunteering in the community; the communities you are with are my communities too” – such a wonderful thing to say and very personal too.
Margaret was recognised for her work as President of the Hospital Auxiliary, which looks after the Comfort of the Patients and Staff at North Shore Hospital, her church activities, Choir work including the making of costumes and the ANZAC Committee – for most of us even one of these activities would exhaust us. We must not forget Margaret being a part of the group, who go to Northcote Primary to help with the children’s reading etc.
The second person who was recognised, but has kept it very quiet, is Bruce Hay. Bruce was presented with the Northcote College Board of Trustees Medal of Excellence for 2013 at the recent Senior Academic Assembly. This medal is awarded each year to a past student or teacher of the college in recognition of outstanding achievements at a National or International level, and who has brought honour to themselves and also the college.
Northcote College Principal, Vicki Barrie kept the audience entertained while describing Bruce’s childhood in the small village of Northcote, growing up on Queen Street, with paddocks and potholed roads (something which the children of our area today would have trouble imagining). Bruce has spent his working life involved in local government and was involved in many changes around Northcote, including the Shopping Centre, the Harbour Bridge and the development of Onepoto Domain, things and places I’m sure you could not be without today!
As well as his busy working schedule Bruce has also been involved with the RSA in Northcote as treasurer and secretary and now is a trustee, treasurer and secretary on the Northcote RSA Trust, and like Margaret, is involved in the local Northcote ANZAC Day Service which I’m sure everyone greatly appreciates. Bruce also helped set up the WWII Honours Board at the college.
Bruce’s community service doesn’t stop there! He’s been (or still is) involved in the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Round table, Rotary and Northcote Citizens Centre, not to mention all his work with St Aidans and the Iona Close Property Trust.
Whew….. I don’t know about you, but it makes me exhausted reading about all the activities these wonderful people are involved in!
May we continue to have a great bunch of “Good Sorts” in our community! Each and every one of you are appreciated no matter if your involvement is big or small. Many thanks
St Aidans Volunteers – December 2013
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