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Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury congratulates Temuka resident Elizabeth Norton on her Queens Service Medal in the 2021 New Years Honours.

Elizabeth received her honour for services to the community

Elizabeth, together with her late husband, Trevor, have contributed to the Hampden community through a range of organisations and activities before the moved to Temuka a couple of years ago.

Elizabeth was an active supporter of the Hampden Hall committee for several years and an active supporter of the Hampden Moeraki Promotions Group.

She assisted her husband in organising the Hampden Heritage Trail Map and associated Information Board at Hampden Hall.

She was a committee member for the Hampden 130 years celebration, acting as treasurer and helping to organise a range of events.

She was secretary of Hampden Community Energy from 2007 to 2017 and was very involved in setting up the Hampden Recycle Centre Top Tip Shop, which has provided financial support to many community projects.

She was treasurer for the Hampden Market Committee, helped to set up the monthly market and ran a stall with her husband.

She has been treasurer for the Hampden Library and Secretary for Hampden Rural Women, which she helped rescue when it was in danger of closure.

For six years she was a member of the team producing a monthly newsletter for the Hampden-Moeraki community.

Mrs Norton and her husband organised a concert in the Hampden Presbyterian Church in 2012 to convince the Church authorities to retain the premises as a cultural centre for locals.

Mrs Norton now resides in Temuka, where she and her late husband were instrumental in setting up a University of the Third Age, a group focused on educating and stimulating retired members of a community, in Temuka about 18 months ago.

We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers, like Elizabeth, in our communities

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Happy New Year. We wish you all best for the coming year. We all hope it will be different to 2020.

Remember the five ways to well being - Connect, Keep Learning, Be active, Give and Take notice. Volunteering is a great way to fulfill all these.
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Have you got a job you have been putting off doing?

Is there something that needs doing around your home or work place that is too big, to heavy or you just haven't got around to?

Ashburton Celtic RugbyClub has the answer. On Saturday 23rd Jan 2021, they are having a work day.
They will come and do the jobs you can't or don't want to do. In return they ask for a donation the reflects the work done. 100% of the donation will go to St John Ashburton.

Its a win win situation, you get the work done and St John benefits.

If you have job/s or know someone else who does contact Ashburton Celtic Rugby on admin@ashburtonceltic.co.nz to talk more about your needs or book them up.

Please support the Celtic Rugby volunteers as they raise funds for St John.
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Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury wish everyone a Meri Kirihimete.

Take some time for yourselves over the holiday. Keep safe and we will see you in 2021.
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International Volunteer Day is celebrated on the 5th December each year. This day is to acknowledge and thank all Volunteers who generously give their time to support organisations, groups/clubs, causes and individuals. Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury put on a wonderful event this year to thank volunteers in our local area. Some of our Mid Canterbury Plunket Volunteers were able to make the event, pictured here along with Lynette Lovett (Councillor & Volunteer on the left). Thank you to all our Plunket Volunteers you do an amazing job supporting families in Mid Canterbury. ... See MoreSee Less

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