Two South Cantabrians were presented with their Queen's Service Medals at a ceremony at Government House in Wellington yesterday - Rosemary Acland and Garry Dumble.
Mrs Acland, of Peel Forest, received her QSM for services to the community, particularly for her role as chair of the Rangitata Gorge Landcare Group since 1998. In that time she has brought groups and government departments together to help control invasive weeds and pests in the upper Rangitata River valley.
Mrs Acland was also a member of the Aoraki Conservation Board and chairperson of the Lincoln University Foundation. She established the Peel Forest Plan, the Peel Forest Enhancement Group and initiated the Geraldine Community Resource Centre Te Rito, which opened in 2007.
Mrs Acland is also a lay minister in the Geraldine Anglican Parish, a funeral celebrant, and was Geraldine High School chaplain from 1999 till 2000.
Timaru man Garry Dumble also received his QSM yesterday.
Mr Dumble has 50 years of voluntary work under his belt, including planning and constructing Timaru's Mountain View Village, where he now lives and continues to assist whenever he can.
He has also dedicated many years to the Lions organisation and for his efforts received humanitarian and service awards from the Lions Club International Foundation and Timaru Suburban Lions Club, of which he has been a member for 42 years. He also received a Timaru District Council community award in 2006 for outstanding voluntary services to the citizens of Timaru.
Mr Dumble is a life member of the Lloyd Morgan Lions Club Charitable Trust, and was a member of the Southland County Council and United Council. He was a member of the Lumsden fire brigade for 21 years and was appointed a justice of the peace in 1971.
Omarama man Jim Morris will be presented with the QSM tomorrow for services to the community, along with Alison Linscott of Timaru. Timaru-raised Michael Houstoun will become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services as a pianist.
Timaru-born musician Jordan Luck becomes a Member (MNZM) on Friday, for services to music.
- South Canterbury