The Marlborough Kindergarten Association general manager has cause for a double celebration tomorrow.
Wendy Logan has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the New Year's Honours list for services to early childhood education, on the same day that she turns 62.
"We'll be having a big party with family, as it's also my birthday," Mrs Logan said.
The award for service to early childhood education, both nationally and in Marlborough and Nelson, was recognition for the importance of early childhood education as much as it was for the part she played in it, she said.
She was both surprised and honoured to receive it.
Mrs Logan became general manager of the Marlborough Kindergarten Association in March 2012, after nearly 30 years of involvement with early childhood.
Her inspiration for a career in early childhood education started in 1983, when she became a member of the Grove Street Kindergarten committee in Nelson, before becoming chief executive officer of Nelson Kindergarten Association in 1989.
She stayed in that role until she stepped down in October this year.
The award also recognised her contribution to national early childhood education policy, especially regarding standards and funding.
"I look forward to continuing to work towards ensuring that all children have access to affordable, inclusive and culturally relevant early childhood education," she said.
- The Marlborough Express