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Shine a light on a volunteer who is crucial to your community or organisation

Thursday June 18 2015

Civic award with flowers

The annual Civic Honour Awards were established in 1988. They are the city's highest honour for volunteer work and nominations are open until 31 July, 2015.

Mayor Grant Smith says Civic Honour Awards are given to those individuals who have given many hours of voluntary service over many years, those who pursue causes not for their benefit but the benefit of others.

"Volunteers are the glue that holds communities together; they help ensure there is a safety net for those who fall, that community gardens are managed, that donations are handed out, and charity shops managed. Volunteers work in large organisations like hospitals, schools, libraries and retirement homes or for large charities like the Red Cross. Often they are the public face, there to interact and support one-on-one."

"Volunteers ensure sporting organisations and clubs run successfully. They plant native plants in reserves and some advocate for change whether that be about historic buildings, climate change, plastic bags or cease smoking programmes and many others."

Mayor Smith says making a nomination is an easy way to recognise people for their contribution. "To shine a little bit of light back on those who help others."

"As Mayor of Palmerston North, I want to acknowledge all volunteers. However, these awards are for those individuals who have carried out outstanding or innovative voluntary service to others in the community."

If you know a person who deserves this honour, nomination forms can be collected from the council's Customer Service Centre, libraries or here.

The Civic Honour Award's ceremony will be held in the Palmerston North Convention Centre on 29 October 2015.

Civic Honour Award nomination criteria:

The service carried out by the nominated person must not be a professional service or a service that they undertake in the course of their paid employment."

Volunteers of any age can be nominated, and citizens can be nominated for the quality of their commitment or the length of their service.

If any member of the public has unsuccessfully nominated a person in previous years, they are also welcome to re-submit their nomination.

For help with nominations please contact Lisa Guthrie on 356 8199.