Wyndham garden guardian thanked

23:09, Jan 31 2013
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Raewyn Leitch, left, received a Southland District Council Community Services Award for her efforts in maintaining the look of Wyndham. Councillor Paul Duffy and Wyndham Community Board chairwoman Pam Yorke presented the award.

A "silent hero" of the Wyndham community was recognised for her tireless efforts in maintaining the town's recreation areas in a presentation at the Wyndham Community Board meeting.

Raewyn Leitch, of Wyndham, was awarded a Southland District Council Community service award for her 10-year service as an unpaid volunteer keeping the town's many garden areas tidy.

Southland district councillor Paul Duffy, who presented Leitch with the award lat month, said Wyndham was lucky to have such a tireless volunteer.

"Wyndham is fortunate in having a large area of public reserves adjacent to the town and also garden plots around the town," Mr Leitch says.

"Wyndham is also fortunate that there is a lady named Raewyn Leitch who works tirelessly as an unpaid volunteer to keep the garden areas tidy.

"The Wyndham Community Board and Southland District Council appreciate the excellent work Raewyn does."

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In a letter, Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno applauded Leitch's efforts in the community saying that together with her late husband Graham, they were the silent heroes the community would be lost without.

Leitch, who was surprised to receive the award, said to the community board she thought the reason she had been asked to attend the board meeting was to get told off.

"I thought you were going to give me a telling off," she laughed.

A modest recipient, she claims she couldn't have achieved all she does without the help of others.

The Southland Times