Several members of the Rangiora Community were acknowledged for their service to the community at the annual Community Service Awards, which were held at the Rangiora Town Hall.
Of those noted according to Stuff.co.nz are:
Angela Cramond: Cramond has always loved museums and has shared this by volunteering with the Rangiora and Districts Early Records Society, which runs the Rangiora Museum. She has been on the committee for several years and is especially skilled at setting up exhibitions and displays. Cramond also helps at Mandeville Bowling Club and set up a rapidly growing embroidery group in Ohoka.
Bruce Drake: Drake is committed to Rangiora Airfield and continues to be great asset to the community. He has had a lengthy career in aviation and has been part of the Rangiora Airfield Advisory Group since 1999. Drake’s hard work and expertise has assisted in the development of what was a paddock to a well-operated airfield.
Steve Noad: Flying is in Noad’s blood. He has been involved in the industry for more than 40 years, joined the Rangiora Airfield Advisory Group more than 10 years ago and is currently its chair, along with chairing the Rangiora Airfield Safety Group. Noad is also on the executive committee of the Canterbury Aero Club. His other passion is bridge and he has served on his club’s committee for more than 40 years.
Barbara Matthews: Matthews has been a volunteer on one type of committee or another most of her adult life, mainly through the Catholic Church. She joined the Rangiora Stroke Club in 1988 and is now the coordinator, organising various events, activities and outings. She is also involved in the Stroke Foundation at a regional and national level.
Bernie Power: Power has served with St John ambulance for the last 57 years, from cadet to ambulance officer, as has been involved in the local committee. For just as long, Power has been a drummer with the McAlpines North Canterbury Pipe Band and is its vice president. He has also been involved in the Rangiora RSA, serving three terms as president.
Elvia Cuff: Cuff has been heavily involved in the Ashley/Rangiora Combined Friendship Club (Probus), especially in the welfare and entertainment sections over the last 29 years. She has also been a volunteer driver helping at Presbyterian Support for the last six years and an active member of Rangiora Bowling Club, including being the current president.
Grant Edge: Edge is a strong advocate for environmental sustainability and has been an active member of the Waimakariri Water Zone Committee for nearly 10 years. He has also been heavily involved in Keep Rangiora Beautiful over many years and is a member of the Cam River Restoration Group and Kaiapoi River Rehabilitation Group.
Congratulations to all those whose commitments were acknowledged. If you would like to Volunteer your time please check out the Waimakariri Volutneer Directory 2018 which can be found at: https://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/10194/17-August-Waimakariri-Volunteer-Directory-2018.pdf
Volunteering hours are often flexible, and the volunteer requirements are normally low. As well as this there are activities which can involve families, and volunteering a great way to network in the community as well as create connections.