Celebrating our volunteers

From left: Kaipara mayor Greg Gent with Citizen Award recipients — Bev Ross, Valerie Mann, Lilian Radich, Colleen Preston and Stella Woolnough

The Kaipara Citizen Awards have been reinstated after an absence of five years with presentations to five outstanding women in the Kaipara community.

Nominations were received by the Kaipara District Council for individuals that have shown leadership, inspiration, or dedication to a cause contributing to the community.

Presentations were made to Bev Ross, Valerie Mann, Lilian Radich, Colleen Preston and Stella Woolnough by mayor Greg Gent.

“I think what’s made those who have been successful stand out is not three or four years of doing something, it’s actually a lifetime of contributing and giving back,” said Mr Gent.

Bev Ross was recognised for her voluntary work for the Mangawhai Historical Society and as a curator at the past and present musuem.

As a founding member of the Dargaville Woman’s Club and Dargaville Country Woman’s club and national Plunket president plus Women’s Club president, Valerie Mann was also celebrated for her 40 years servicing Meals on Wheels in Dargaville.

Lilian Radich has been an active member of the Dargaville community, including being involved in setting up the Anzac Theatre, supporting local netball, Wednesday Crafts, and helping transport people to and from hospital.

For over 35 years Stella Woolnough has assisted in the running of a number of Kaipara and Mangawhai community groups and continues to do so. Some of those clubs include the Kaipara Hunt Club, Mangawhai Library, domain committee, and Rally of New Zealand. 

Colleen Preston has worked at The Kauri Museum at Matakohe for over 20 years, fundraised for the local Presbyterian church and helped fundraise a for a new car for the local Ruawai Plunket nurse.


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