Three Marlburians have been honoured for their commitment to the province with Queen's Service Medals.
Former deputy head of Queen Charlotte College (QCC) Alistair Boyce, Havelock resident Ian Cameron and Blenheim man John Orchard were all named as medals recipients, while former Base Woodbourne base commander Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell was made an Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Boyce, who had worked at QCC for 42 years, received his medal for services to education and the community. He said he was stunned when he received the letter a month ago.
"I had to keep tight-lipped - I only told my wife . . . It is totally unexpected. It has probably been because I had taught at the same spot for so long," Boyce said.
He said he had his suspicions who had nominated him. "It is nice to get an honour but it is not something that I reached out for. I am very humbled. It is a privilege."
Boyce's teaching career spanned 42 years. His first teaching job was at Timaru Boys' High School before he moved to QCC. He was made assistant principal in 1990 and deputy principal in 2004 before he retired last year.
Cameron received his medal for services to the community having been heavily involved with a number of groups and organisations. He helped to establish Community Law Marlborough and Havelock Community Gardens. He worked as a court registrar and has also been involved with the Marlborough Justices of the Peace Association's Council, the Community Organisations Grants Scheme for the upper South Island, the Havelock Lions Club, the Havelock Theatre, the Havelock Museum and St Marks Alcohol and Drug Residential Treatment Centre.
"I have had a very fortunate life and I am only too happy to give back to the community. I have been lucky to work with amazing groups of people who are so enthusiastic."
He said he was shocked when he received a letter informing him of his award.
Orchard received his medal for services to heritage preservation, having contributed to the preservation of Marlborough's heritage for more than 30 years.
He has been head teacher for the Marlborough Heritage Education Unit for the past 14 years and has run historical tours for the Department of Conservation, the Marlborough Historical Society and the Historic Places Trust.
He has been a Marlborough Historical Society member for more than 30 years, and helped restore historic buildings such as the Molesworth Cottage and the Cob Cottage at Riverlands. He is also a committee member of the Edwin Fox Society and the Marlborough Historic Places Trust. He has served 29 years as president of the Blenheim Riverside Railway Society, and also served as president of Brayshaw Heritage Park Administrators.
Stockwell was base commander and director of training at Base Woodbourne between 2000 and 2003. He was responsible for air force recruitment and training and was appointed chief Air Vice Marshal in 2011.
He retired from the post in April and made a farewell visit to Base Woodbourne in March. Stockwell said the honour was a right of passage for all outgoing defence chief of services.
"Really it is not a sign of my professional recognition but recognition for the RNZAF," he said.
- The Marlborough Express
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