Established in 1988, the Awards are given to local individuals who have given prolonged or outstanding voluntary community service. Nominations will be reviewed from 4 June 2013 until 31 July.
"The Civic Honour Awards is an opportunity for the City to thank the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the betterment of our community," Mayor Jono Naylor said. 2008 Award recipient Norm Pearce agrees with the Mayors sentiments.
"It acknowledges all those people who do a wee bit more than others," Mr Pearce said. "They often work quietly behind the scenes helping individuals or organisations and they're usually very compassionate." Mr Pearce, who was born in 1926, said that he was inspired by his mother. "She used to ride her push bike everywhere, delivering bags of fruit or veges or something she had knitted to families that had nothing, even when she had nothing herself."
Mr Pearce was awarded the honour through his involvement with St Mary's Parish, Meals on Wheels, Ozanam House, The Pregnancy Centre and as a Justice of the Peace. He said he felt surprised at first, then delighted and proud when he was told he was nominated for the Civic Award. "It's a lovely thing for the City to recognise volunteers."
If you know of someone who deserves this honour you can collect a nomination form from any branch of the Palmerston North City Library, pncc.govt.nz, or contact Lisa Guthrie on 356 8199.
Please note that community work undertaken as part of paid employment cannot be considered.