For Dunedin man Ron Ballantyne, receiving the Queen's Service Medal comes after a lengthy career in education.
Ballantyne worked in education for about 40 years, including as principal at Twizel Area School and Hurunui College, a position he held for 14 years.
During that time he showed dedication to his students by meeting the school buses rain, hail or shine, taking part in various staff versus student competitions, paying for stationary for disadvantaged students and tutoring French in his own time.
He also introduced restorative practice to the college and ensured a high percentage of teachers were trained in it.
He has been president of the Canterbury Area Schools Association for four years and served on the executive of the New Zealand Area Schools Association for six years.
- The Southland Times
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