For more than 25 years the Stratford District Council Citizen Awards have been held each year to formally recognise individuals that give their time to the Stratford community.
Mayor Neil Volzke says, “Every year it is extremely pleasing to see such a high calibre of people nominated by members of our community. For the nominees it can be just as humbling to have been nominated by their peers as it actually is to receive an award. This is a fantastic and honourable way to recognise our volunteers and community contributors”.
In 2018 two citizens will be recognised with the Outstanding Citizen Award inaugural award.
The Outstanding Citizen Award is a new award set to recognise outstanding achievements be it through longevity of service, a past award recipient who has continued to service the community, or someone who has contributed an outstanding service to our community.
“The addition of this new award will be a great way to acknowledge those who have accomplished something really special, something extraordinary” says Mayor Volzke.
Friends and family are invited to attend the awards ceremony on Tuesday 7 August 5.30pm at the Council Chambers.
The 2018 Stratford District Council Citizen Award recipients are:
Outstanding Citizen Award Recipients: John and Pat Herlihy
Citizen Award Recipients: Kerry Mramor, Allister Thomas
Youth Citizen Award Recipients: Lachlan Drummond, Katie Jones
John and Pat Herlihy
John and Pat Herlihy have resided in Whangamomona for 25 years and have been actively involved in their community from the moment they arrived. Their contributions include involvements with Marco School, the Whangamomona Rugby and Netball clubs, Dean and Jean Cup, the Whangamomona and Taranaki Shears. Whangamomona Christmas Parade and the biennial Whangamomona Republic Day – and have supported each other tirelessly through each other’s events and commitments.
Pat has always been a strong ambassador for the Whangamomona Community and still makes her appearance as the impact player for the Whanga Wasps each Saturday at the netball courts. John is the current President of the Republic and has added these public duties to his already large community commitments and now carries a stamp for those wanting their passports signed by the President.
Following a family tragedy in 2016, the family has actively committed themselves to raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Their strength and determination as a family, and as a community, to help others while raising awareness is a force to be reckoned with having raised almost $70,000 in just two years. Their message to talk about it has accelerated on a national level with the first 24hour shear-a-thon being held in Whangamomona and the second moving down to the South Island with car loads of Taranaki workers in tow. Through their pain they have one goal – to prevent another loss and as said by Pat “We are only ever a phone call away if you need to talk”.
Kerry settled in Stratford with husband John and their daughters over 30 years ago and immediately became involved in the community through St Joseph’s School. She served on the board of St Joseph’s school when her girls attended, and in more recent years she has returned as a grandmother help where the students affectionately refer to her as Nana Woah.
Kerry has always had an interest in helping others and this is evident through the many community organisations she has been involved with over the years. These include St Vincent Di Paul where she has been the president for the past 10 years, and Stratford Foodbank where she is a committee member. Kerry has also been an active member of the Catholic Church where she has been a Eucharistic minister and has been part of a group that organises social gatherings for the elderly.
She is also a member of the Stratford Table Tennis Club.
Born and bred in Stratford Allister has been heavily involved in hockey for most of his life. He has been involved in all aspects of the game including playing, coaching, umpiring and administration.
His passion for the game started when watching his dad and brothers play before taking up the game himself when he was at primary school. He mostly played full back or half.
After retiring from playing about 15 years ago Allister got involved in the administration and umpiring side of the game. He has coached all levels of the game for over 25 years and is also recognised as a bit of a ‘guru’ for training umpires.
He was part of the team that fundraised and secured the artificial turf for Stratford that has enabled over 50 full international games to be played locally, and spends numerous hours every week ensuring the turf is in pristine playing condition.
He is the Chairman of the Taranaki Hockey Federation Board.
Allister is the second person in his family to receive a Citizen Award, with mum Elva Thomas receiving one in 1998.
Lachlan Drummond & Katie Jones
The Youth Citizens Awards celebrate outstanding youth in the Stratford District, whether it be excelling in academic, sporting or the arts. This year saw two deserving winners, both of whom excel in sports and attend Stratford High School.
Katie Jones was “very excited to hear she had won.” Her outstanding sporting achievements at both local and national level at netball and basketball was a primary focus of her nomination. However, Katie also really enjoys her schoolwork, and is an active leader within her school. Which is clear through the number of leadership awards and leadership roles that she has at Stratford high school, including being Head Girl.
Lachlan Drummond also excels at a number of sports at both local and national level. Most recently, Lachlan has been chosen to be a part of the Central Districts Under 17 development squad in Cricket, and is also on the Chiefs Under 17 Development squad for rugby. “I’ve played rugby since I was very little, and often spent my weekends at Stratford senior games watching my dad coach, so it has always been a huge part of my life.” Lachlan also shows great leadership qualities, which is demonstrated through his captaincy of the 1st XI cricket team and the 1st XV rugby team and his role as Sports Captain at school.
Both year 13 students see sport being a part of their life in the future.
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:35
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