Community Awards For Woodlands Stalwarts

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Two stalwarts of the Woodlands community received Southland District Council Community Service Awards at a ceremony on Tuesday, 1 August 2017.

Geoffrey Napper and Janice McBride have always been available for their community no matter what the calling.

Mr Napper has served for 27 years on the Woodlands Community Development Area subcommittee, with 15 years as chairman.

His other community activities include 32 years as Cub Leader, and as a prominent member of the Young Farmers Club for 20 years.

Mr Napper has been a member of Jaycees, the Hall Committee, the Longbush Kindergarten Committee, the Woodlands School Parent Teacher Association for 10 years, including one as chairman, and 10 years with the Anglican Church Vestry.

Some of the major achievements during his time on the CDA include the War Memorial upgrade, Kingswood Bush Track development, cemetery upgrade and the establishment of garden plots in the village.

“Geoffrey Napper is a dedicated volunteer who has generously given his time, expertise and resources to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the quality of life in his community,” Southland District Council Mayor Gary Tong said.

Janice McBride came to Woodlands in the 1970s and has been an integral part of the community since then.

She has served on the Woodlands CDA since 2007 and been involved in developments including the Kingswood Bush Track, garden plots in the village and upgrades of the Woodlands Cemetery and War Memorial.

Mrs McBride has a strong connection with the Woodlands Netball Club as a player, coach and umpire, as well as filling leadership positions. She has been awarded life membership of the club.

She also volunteered for many years at the school, selecting, coaching, organising and mentoring the Moffett Cup netball teams.

As a supporter to many of Woodlands senior citizens, she has helped them maintain their gardens and offered friendship and support, while liaising for some with their families who live further away.

She has also been generous at sharing her love of gardening and floral art skills with others in the community by providing floral tributes or sprays to mark happy and sad events or celebrations.

“Janice McBride has given generously of her time and talent to benefit other people and the Woodlands community,” Mr Tong said.

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