MAYOR: Time to nominate our important volunteers

Published: 5 August 2021

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Volunteering comes in many guises. It’s those who devote hours each week to helping the sport they are passionate about, it’s those who put their hand up to run a group or a club, it’s those who spend time with people who just need human contact.

Our district is full of people who selflessly give their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of others. Some have been doing it for decades, others bring a special project to fruition.

Ashburton District Council’s civic awards date back to 1997 and reading through the lists over time you see people or groups that have helped shape our communities.

Now is the time for people to think about volunteers in their lives and nominate them for the 2021 Community Honours Awards.

All volunteers contribute, connect, and give their time, and we thank you for your mahi whether it is bite-sized, regular, or mammoth.

But there are special people, groups or organisations out there whose efforts need to be recognised by the communities who really appreciate them.

The community honours awards have four categories: the Mayor’s Award for public service, the Ashburton Medal, Civic Awards and Honorary Citizenship.

Nominations must be received by 20 August. Recipients will be selected by a panel of five councillors, including myself, and invited to a special event on 24 September.

Visit the Council's website ( for details about how to nominate an important volunteer person or group in your life.

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