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Civic Award recipients announced

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Red Cross and Civil Defence are just two of the organisations which have benefited from the voluntary hours put in by the recipients of the 2014 Napier City Council Citizens Civic Awards.

Peter Ball, Kath Meek, Chieko Dietz, Denise Coulam and Margaret McKibbin were officially recognized for their community service at a special ceremony last night (15 December) led by Napier Mayor Bill Dalton and Deputy Mayor Faye White, in front of many family members and friends at the Council Civic Chambers, and many of Napier’s Councillors.

The Council founded the awards 37 years ago to recognize outstanding citizens who are shining examples of community service volunteers.

Peter Ball has been involved with the Art Deco Trust since 2004, including being a guide, and chairing its governing board, overseeing many projects including the relocation of the Trust’s premises.

He also heads the Napier Repertory Players maintenance team, and has been a member of the Ahuriri Rotary Club since 2003. Among his many Rotary duties is operating the club’s website, which he set up.

Denise Coulam’s first stint as a volunteer began with the 2nd Taradale Girls Brigade where she was Captain, with more than 100 girls under her “care”.  She spent 30 years in various brigade leadership roles.

A Living Waters Wesleyan Methodist Church Pastoral Care Team member, she has also run ‘Mainly Music’, a weekly music programme for young children, and other activities.

A dedicated Red Cross volunteer, Denise currently chairs the organisation’s Area Council and its local Centenary Planning Committee. Other Red Cross initiatives she has been involved with includes Meals on Wheels, the relocation of the Red Cross Service Centre to Onekawa, and the establishment of the Red Cross Shop in the building.

Former Havelock North High School teacher Chieko Dietz is a life member of the Japan Society of HB, which she joined 40 years ago. She has provided translation and interpretation services to the public and civic leaders continuously since that time, including being an energetic and useful interpreter and helper when delegations from Napier’s sister city Tomakomai have visited.

Margaret McKibbin has been a Scout volunteer for more than 30 years, particularly for the Kea Section for boys and girls aged six to eight, leading the keas of the Westshore Scout Group, and training and mentoring other Hawke’s Bay kea leaders.

She is also a devoted blood donor with over 50 lifesaving donations recorded, has assisted the blood service by volunteering to run its refreshment area on mobile collection days when they were short-handed, and has been involved with fundraising for the local St John Ambulance regional youth team to travel and compete in the National first aid competitions.

Kath Meek volunteered as a parent helper for Cub Scouts in 1985, a year later became a Cub leader, and spent another 13 years involved with the scouting movement.

Kath also spent 20 years as a Civil Defence volunteer, and in 2007 joined Napier Community Patrol. She goes on regular weekly patrols, is involved in training and mentoring new members and organises the cleaning roster for the Patrol Depot – as well as doing more than her share of the cleaning herself.

16 December 2014

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