Community award winners named

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Four individuals and two groups have been recognised in the 2021 Community Honours Awards.

The awards recognise contributions and achievements by people and organisations in the district.

The Mayor’s Award for Public Service went jointly to Trevor Croy and Patricia McLaren.

Mr Croy, a former accountant, has been involved with charitable work including with Advance Ashburton, Trevor Wilson Charitable Trust, Mackenzie Charitable Foundation and Cancer Society.

Mrs McLaren has cooked and donated items to Ronald McDonald House for a number of years and since 2016 has sold her pickles, chutneys and jams and raised thousands at Ashburton Farmer’s Market to support the cause.

The Ashburton Medal was awarded to Mid Canterbury Rural Women NZ Provincial for their contribution to the district, and particularly to the rural community.

The Civic Award went to Neroli Cross, Jim Henderson, and Kidz Methven, which has driven the establishment of the Methven Skatepark.

No nominations were received in the honorary citizens category.

A date for an awards ceremony is still to be confirmed.