Civic Awards 2002

Civic Chambers, Tuam Street, 26th November 2002. 

He saw active service overseas during the Second World War in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, amongst other thing taking aerial photographs of enemy territory. This was a most hazardous task as it usually involved flying in daylight over heavily defended enemy positions. Returning to New Zealand he joined the New Brighton branch of the Returned Servicemen’s Association in 1947. Five and a half decades later he is still there, actively working for the Association. Over the years he has held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. He has been a member of the Executive for twenty years, and Welfare Officer for over sixteen years. In the latter position he assists with home and hospital visits and, sadly, officiates at funerals when required. His past awards include the NZRSA Gold Star, the NZRSA Merit Badge, Life membership of the Christchurch RSA, and the Christchurch RSA’s Certificate of Merit. The City is proud to add the Civic Award to that honourable list. Derek Charles Baker

The ability to communicate quickly and clearly all too often may mean, literally, the difference between life and death, late and too late. Every organisation involved in emergency response operations depends utterly both on its communications infrastructure and those who operate and maintain it. He has been a volunteer member of both the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Group and of the Civil Defence Organisation for thirty-five years, having joined both in 1967. He ahs been a member of the Communications Committee of the Civil Defence Organisation for over thirty years. Thanks to his specialised knowledge of radio telephone equipment, he is one of the very few technicians available who has the skills and experience to install the original communications equipment in the twenty-three sites in North Canterbury and Christchurch City. Thanks largely to his expertise the dedicated Civil Defence Radio Network has both Repeater and Simplex frequencies. His part of the Civil Defence Communications Committee’s work is to ensure that that equipment is ready and operational at all times. He has taken a central role in a service of vital importance to society. Gareth John Bradshaw

One of the most difficult, and often one of the least appreciated, of all those tasks that may be asked of a member of any organisation is that of fundraising. The effort to raise the sums required for the new Art Gallery is a direct corollary of the amounts raised, and yet this is but one area in which he has been active on behalf of both the old Robert McDougall Gallery and the New Christchurch Art Gallery. For over fifteen years he gave unstintingly of his valuable time and great experience to the Friends of the former McDougall Gallery, as a senior member of the Executive Committee, as Treasurer and as President. His remarkable contribution to the new Christchurch Art Gallery Project has included twelve years as a CAG Trustee, five years on the Major Gifts Fundraising Committee, and five years as Community/Friends representative on the CAG Project Control Group. This, together with eight years as a Council Member for the Centre of Contemporary Art, represents an outstanding gift of service to the City. Chris Brocket

Although her service to those with intellectual disabilities has covered little more than seven years, she has in that time achieved more than most are able to achieve in a long lifetime. Joining Hohepa Canterbury as a volunteer in 1995, in 1999 she took on the daunting role of Voluntary Fundraiser. After helping to raise funds for a $500,000 complex at Hohepa’s Halswell farm, her vision and passion led to the formation of a Capital Campaign to raise 1.5 million dollars for much needed capital projects. To date, a sum of more than 1.4 million dollars has been raised and work progresses most satisfactorily. She has been involved with Hohepa Canterbury’s Building Committee, served as a member of Hohepa Canterbury’s Council of Management, has been President of Hohepa South Parents’ and Guardians’ Association, as well as being active in ways too numerous to list. She strives untiringly to achieve her objectives and in so doing inspires others to achieve theirs. She has greatly enriched the lives of over a hundred Christchurch people with intellectual difficulties, and the debt of gratitude is incalculable. Gendy Brown

Since the early 1980’s she has given many years of voluntary service to education in Christchurch from Kohanga Reo to tertiary levels. She is currently the respected Taua of Papanui High School where she was also a member of the Trust Board, and of the Southern Regional Health School where she educates staff in protocol and tikanga. She was Taua at Christchurch College of Education for some years and, with others, was involved in the formation of the degree courses in Maori Studies at Lincoln University. She has supported many Christchurch schools over the years, particularly in matters of Maori issues. She was instrumental in the formation of Te Kaupapa Whakaora alternative education programme through Papanui High School and has continued to serve as a trustee from the inception of the programme to this year. Her wisdom and knowledge, and the gifts, freely given, of her time and energy are legendary within education circles of Otautahi. Naomi Mereiera Bunker

He has been a volunteer Committee member of both the Amateur Radio Communications Group and the Civil Defence Communications Committee for thirty-five years. He is also a volunteer Communications Operator Co-ordinator for Search and Rescue. He was one of the team of communications technicians that designed and installed the original Civil Defence communications network throughout North Canterbury and Christchurch. He was a Section Leader for the Amateur Radio Communications Group for twenty-five years and the Midland Section Area manager for five years. He is now the Assistant National Director for the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Organisation. He has, over many years, provided technical input into the regular Civil Defence communications training courses. His service to the community has been that of the ideal volunteer worker; quiet, methodical, business-like and committed. Without him and his colleagues neither AREC nor Civil Defence could exist. Geoffrey Allan Chapman

She has given twenty-eight years of service to the Riccarton Hapi Club, a fortnightly social and activity club for senior citizens based at the Riccarton Community Centre, helping to keep people active in and part of the wider community. Indeed, she has run the Club almost single-handed, and kept it going when it was in real danger of closing down. As part of her work for this group she also does a “bus run”, picking up elderly people from the Salvation Army Home and other rest homes to give them the access to the Club and its facilities that they might otherwise not have. Both she and her husband are on duty on Club Day from early morning to late in the afternoon. She is there for the members when she is needed and never turns anyone down. Club members firmly believe that she deserves a gold medal for her work with the Club and it is with deep gratitude that City bestows upon her the next best thing; a Civic Award. Valmai Chudley

The question of immigration and refugees has enjoyed some currency of late as certain prominent members of the political establishment seek publicity with divisive statements, as heavy on hot-house rhetoric as they are light on fact. Sadly, the bigots and rabble rousers never lack for an appreciative audience, but the harm that they do can be repaired with good communications in a common language. She has been an ESOL volunteer tutor since 1989, and a Committee Member of the Christchurch ESOL scheme for 1995 and 1996, and a supporter since 1989. She was a conversation tutor in ESOL for the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology for four years, and has been a member of the New Zealand – China Friendship Society since 1992. She has for some years been involved with the Refugee and Migrant Forum, serving as secretary and committee member and was a Refugee and Migrant Service Volunteer for a year in 2001. Her award comes at a time when the need to negate xenophobia through mutual understanding is becoming ever more important. Daphne Crampton

The state of the air of Christchurch, and what to do about it, has long been a bitterly debated topic in the City. She has made this debate her personal mission for many years now, becoming a founder member of the Clear Air Society Incorporated in 1992, and serving as its President since 1996. She has been a community advocate on air pollution issues in Christchurch for over a decade, preparing and presenting many submissions on air pollution to both the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury. She has been involved, as an advocate for clean air, in several hearings before the Environment Court. In 1997 she organised and lead a City-wide rally to raise awareness of air pollution and to emphasise the very broad concern that exists over the matter. Working with many concerned groups across the City, she has been tireless in her efforts to bring some traction to a seemingly intractable problem that poses a continuing threat to the health and quality of life of hundreds of citizens. Joyce Mona Crooks

In the course of their fifty-three years together they bring a new resonance and depth to the phrase ‘marriage partnership’. They have been associated with many groups over the years, the Ilam and Upper Riccarton Residents Association, the Christchurch Combined Residents Association, the NZ Clean Air Society, the Governors Bay Community Association and the Christchurch Horticultural Society to name only a few. The couple have been community advocates on issues related to air pollution for at least the last decade, and their approach to these matters has been very much a team effort. Their extensive participation in the battle for clean air in Christchurch has seen sustained community activity throughout the City. Their good public relations are coupled with formidable research and presentation skills, qualities that have stood them in good stead in a seemingly endless number of appearances before Resource Consents and Environment Court hearings on behalf of their fellow citizens. The quality of their documentation is matched only by their patience and dogged persistence, but for all that their hallmarks are grace and style. Norma and Earle Crutchley

He has been a Civil Defence volunteer since 1970. He was the Area Warden for Mairehau for several years and was thus responsible, in the event of a crisis, for the safety of up to thirty thousand people. Despite this, his main contribution to Civil Defence has been through his knowledge of radio and telephone systems. He has been a member of the Civil Defence Communications Committee for twenty-five years, and its Chairman for the last five years. He has provided technical advice necessary for the running of ten dedicated Civil Defence radio networks, and he was a key member of the team responsible for the design and installation of the original, specialised Civil Defence radio equipment for the communications network in North Canterbury and Christchurch City. Under directives from central Government, the entire Civil Defence radio network was required to move to new frequencies. He has been instrumental in obtaining the new equipment required, establishing new contacts with service providers, and changing over to the new frequencies. Thanks to his efforts and those of his organisation, the transition from the old system to the new has been seamless. Neville Mowatt Digby

He has served his community in many capacities over a long period of time, bringing with him the managerial and organisational skills acquired in the world of commerce. For ten years he served on the PTA committees of Freeville School and of Linwood High School. He has been a volunteer helper and driver for Handiscope for ten years, helping to bring together those who have a disability and could otherwise be isolated from community activity and socialisation. He has given most generously of his financial experience by acting as Treasurer for the Burwood-Pegasus Community Car Watch organisation for the past six years, and for a like time as Secretary-Treasurer of the PEEEPS employment project. He is Secretary of the Tuesday Bowling Club, and for eight years has been Assistant Camp Director for children in need of school holiday care. He has been a blood donor for twenty five years, and served as Treasurer on the Vestry of St. Andrew’s for seven years. He has always been a willing and valued helper at a huge variety of community events. Maurice William Evans

She has dedicated countless hours of her time, over many years, to the service of the Opawa Baptist community. For ten years she has been Superintendent of the Opawa Baptist Sunday School. For some twenty years she has been a member of the Missionary Fellowship, a group that gives spiritual and logistical support to missionary groups working overseas, particularly in Bangladesh. She is an instructor at the Craft Mornings, a time of practical work and companionship open to all. She gives of her time and craft skills to all ages, helping as a crèche worker on the craft mornings, teaching older children at Sunday School, and, for over fifteen years, making uniforms for the 4th Christchurch Company of the Girls’ Brigade. At the other end of the age spectrum, she has been for six years the very active organiser of the “60+” Club, organising monthly social events. As if this is not enough, she has also been a volunteer driver for Meals-on-Wheels for five years. Despite all the activity she is never ruffled. Nothing is too much of a bother, none could be more deserving of recognition. Shirley Margaret Freeman

He has been involved with the Christchurch disability sector for twenty-two years, beginning when his son, Keith, started at the Sheltered Workshops in January of 1980. He quickly became involved with the committee of what was then known as the Friends of the Sheltered Workshops. In 1987 Keith transferred to what was then the Crippled Children’s Society in Kilmarnock Street and he followed his son, joining the CCS Local Committee in 1989. He was appointed Vice-President in 1993, and in 1996 was elected President of CCS Canterbury and West Coast Region. He was elected to the National Board in 1997 and represented the Canterbury and West Coast Region during a time of major change to the Society as a whole. He took the position of Chairperson of the Local Advisory Committee for the Canterbury and West Coast Branch, but stood down after eighteen months to devote more time to responsibilities as representative to the National Board. He has since been re-elected to the National Board for a third term. His contribution to the CCS, both locally and nationally, has been invaluable. Tony Gorman

Ever since the St. Luke’s Centre opened in February 1981, she has been the motor that has propelled this essential community service over the decades. Created to give care, support and chaplaincy to psychiatric patients newly moved from institutional care into the community, she saw the Centre as her “baby”. Like any good mother, she has given it of her time and energy, week after week, for the past twenty-one years. Her leadership, vision, care and efficient administration has taken St. Luke’s through many difficulties to the successful facility that it is. While steering others with her support, she has shown a determination to succeed that has been an inspiration to all who have worked with her. Even though the years have mounted up she still maintains an active participation and interest in the Centre that she formed. St. Luke was himself a physician, and she has fulfilled her self-imposed mission of healing in a way of which he would most certainly approve. Barbara Hall

It is difficult to believe that one person could cram so much beneficial activity into a lifetime, but the list of her achievements speaks for itself. She has devoted more than thirty years to Christchurch theatre. As a member of the Elmwood Players and as a founder member of the Harlequin Players she has been involved with every aspect of dramatics; actor, producer, director, props mistress, prompt, publicist and all-round motivator. She has been a member of Lions since 1986, first as a Lioness, later as a Lion, serving as first, second, and third Vice-President, as well as President while a member of the Christchurch Central Lions Club. She has been an active and enthusiastic worker, particularly in the area of fund-raising. She is a volunteer worker for the Christchurch Battered Women’s Trust, racking up hundreds of hours as a crisis telephone counsellor. For twenty-five years she made significant contributions to South Island netball, holding club positions as Secretary and President, and as a South Island Selector, South Island Manager and New Zealand Umpire. She is above all a caring and enthusiastic friend, and a legend in Canterbury drama circles. Glenys May Lloyd-Smith

He has been a valuable and active committee member and Treasurer since joining the Summit Road Society in 1985, and is at present the Society’s representative on the Advisory Committee of the Summit Road Protection Authority. For many years the Society had been aware of the outstanding landscape and regenerating bush on the hills behind Governor’s Bay. After the collapse of the O Farrell development project the protection of this area became a matter of urgency. Purchase of available areas seemed to be the only option and it was his expertise that enabled the Society to negotiate the tortuous path of the initial and subsequent land purchases that resulted in the acquisition of 150 hectares of mature and regenerating bush which could then be protected and enhanced and its retained for public appreciation. His careful oversight of finances covering all aspects of the Society’s activities over a period of seventeen years has helped to provide a high level of certainty for the future of the Society and its continuing benefit to people of Christchurch. Paul Loughton

Together they have been involved in a host of community activities in the Aranui area with a very wide range of people but particularly with young Maori. They have been involved in local sporting activities since 1975, with Maori groups since 1985, with Aranui Primary and High Schools since 1998, with the Wainoni-Aranui Family Centre from 1991, and with the Aranui Community Renewal Project since 2001. They were co-founders of Maori Man Anger Management and have coached rugby and rugby league. They have been involved with care and protection social work, Te Pumaomao, Community Correction Supervision and as Aranui Activity Centre Trustees. They are members of Te Whare Roimata, Hampshire Hilton and Tristans Darts Clubs. They are members of Te Whanau Manaaki Culture Club and have been involved with Aranui Primary School Board as members and fundraisers. They were co-founders of Christchurch East Drink Drive and members of the Aranui Project and the Aranui Community Renewal Committee. These are but some of their interests, and there would be few in Aranui whose lives have not been touched by them in some way. Lorna Moke and (the late) Epeniha Rarere

He has given many years of voluntary service to education in the Christchurch region at all levels, from Kohanga Reo to tertiary training. He is Kaumatua of Papanui High School, and is a member of its Board of Trustees. He is Kaumatua of the Southern Regional Health School whose headquarters is in Christchurch but whose students are enrolled throughout the South and Chatham Islands. He was Kaumatua of the Christchurch College of Education during the 1980’s and, with his colleague Naomi Bunker and others was involved in the creation of degree courses in Maori Studies at Lincoln University. For twenty years he has given invaluable support to many Christchurch schools, particularly in the matter of Maori issues and protocols and was instrumental in the formation of Te Kaupapa Whakaora, the alternative education programme at Papanui High School. He has also given years of service to the Canterbury School Trustees Association and particularly Te Komiti Awhina .His wisdom and knowledge, and his gifts of time and energy to the cause of education are deeply appreciated by all whom he has touched. John Panirau

He came up through the ranks of the 3rd Christchurch Company of the Boys’ Brigade and continued through to leadership of the Company, serving as Captain-in-Charge from 1966 to 1989. He has served as a member of the Waipara Camp Management Committee continuously since 1969, acting as Convenor for several years. A tradesman carpenter, he has given many hundreds of hours to the various stages of the development of a new campsite, now known as the Waipara Riverside Park, which is recognised as one of the best of its kind in Canterbury. An active member of the Methodist Church, he has lead Bible Classes and Church camps, events that owe their success in large part to his exceptional organisational and interpersonal skills. A keen square dancer, he is a gifted and enthusiastic Caller and as such has been involved in a great many “Fun Night” dances arranged to raise funds for a wide range of worthy causes, particularly youth groups. He is a man of tremendous energy and anything that he undertakes is done with enthusiasm and generosity. Bill Pearcy

She has made an extraordinary contribution to the Christchurch youth and music scene over the last decade and the very wide range of projects with which she has been involved stand as testament to her extraordinary skills and high levels of energy. These projects include the Brat youth radio show, the production of two compilation CDs of local music, and two “Rock Enrol” events to encourage young people to get on the electoral roll so that they can vote in local and central government elections. In 1998 she set up the Blah Blah Entertainment Trust to support local music and culture in Christchurch, and has been a freelance journalist for five years contributing articles on local music to local and national magazines. She was a member of the Christchurch Youth Council for three years from 1998, serving as Chair for two years and serving on as youth representative on the Turning Point 2000 Committee, the Sister City Steering Group and Pacific Underground to name but a few. She is utterly committed to youth affairs and the development of cultural activities in Christchurch. Carla Potter

She has been a leader in the Girls’ Brigade for twenty seven years, eighteen of which have been spent with the 47th Christchurch Company which meets at St. David’s Church. During that time she has been a leader in the Company Section planning and running an appropriate weekly programme for girls aged ten to seventeen. For the last eight years she has been the Junior Leader, responsible for planning and running weekly programmes for girls aged five to eight years and her many talents have ensured that these programmes have been both varied and interesting. She was instrumental in keeping the Company together when two Captains were lost in quick succession and since then she has taken over more and more of the running of the Company, encouraging others to acquire more of the administrative skills that are necessary to keep the organisation on its feet. She has at all times been absolutely faithful to the purpose of the Brigade, empowering young women with the skills, Christian qualities and values needed to succeed in tomorrow’s world – and to have a whole lot of fun in the process. Helen Radburnd

It is much more than a school for or of Chinese. Since its beginnings in 1998 it has offered classes in the Chinese language and in Chinese culture and its staff has grown to include over fifty teachers and volunteers, but while it includes classes in Mandarin Chinese for all levels, and arts such as Tai Chi, Er Hu and Lion and Dragon dance, it is primarily a cultural centre. It serves as a gathering point to bring people of Chinese and other Asian nationalities together, focussing the awareness of young people on the depth and richness of their ancient cultures, and sharing that culture with mainstream New Zealanders. Every weekend the School is the centre of the largest gathering of Chinese in Christchurch, reinforcing their sense of community and helping to relieve those feelings of urban isolation that are so often felt by people entering a strange and often frightening new environment. Racial harmony, a safer community and the felicitous sense of unity in diversity can only be achieved through mutual understanding and a willingness to learn from and of each other, a mission that the School is accomplishing with outstanding success. The Rewi Alley Education and Cultural Centre

She is a very familiar figure throughout North Beach, well-known as a tireless worker for many local sporting causes. She has been actively involved in coaching for the St. Nicholas Netball Club for many years and in her younger days was a Canterbury cricket representative. But her greatest gift to her community has been her involvement with the North Beach Tennis Club, which she has served as a volunteer for over forty-five years. It was her energy and influence, along with the labours of husband Jack, that produced the Volley Board, and she, along with other committee members of the time, was responsible for raising the funds that enabled the four courts to be sealed in the early 1990’s. She is currently President of the North Beach Tennis Club, and she is always there, giving her valuable time to the community and working for others. Her outstanding organisational and problem-solving skills have won her the admiration and support of all those who have come into contact with her. The comment most often heard of her at the Club is simply “She sees a job through!” Ethna Rouse

She has been involved with the Canterbury Branch of the Basset Hound Club for over twenty years and has been Chairperson for eight. She is also a Life Member  and a Vice President of the Basset Hound Club of New Zealand. She has been a member of the Hagley Ladies Probus Club for ten years and has served in several positions including that of “trips organiser” which involved putting together a trip to Norfolk Island. For over forty years she has been a member of the Christchurch Beautifying Association, serving for eleven years on the general committee as well as on numerous sub-committees. She has been connected with St. Matthew’s Church for most of her life and has arranged the flowers there for the past twenty years. She has served on the committees for Young Wives, the Mothers’ Union and now the A.A.W. She has continue to organise regular meetings with former members of her Young Wives group. Active in so many areas, and always willing to help, she is known in her community above all for her kindness and over the years has helped many who have been sick or disabled. Ruth Bernice Seymour

All too often media reports on criminal activity focus on the perpetrator and the financial cost of the crime. Last financial year her group provided crisis intervention support to 11,076 victims in the Christchurch area alone, a sad indicator of the huge and on-going emotional costs of crime. The criminal pays the fine or serves the sentence and it is all over. For the victims, the road to recovery can be much, much longer, and she has played an invaluable and central role in supporting those victims for ten years. Every morning for six or seven days a week she visits the Central Police Station where she prints out and reads all Police offence reports for the previous twenty-four hours, on a busy day as many as five hundred items, and identifies victims for assistance. She then refers these to her team leaders for further action. Her loyalty and sense of commitment, and the excellent working rapport she has built up over the years with the Police have raised Victim Support in the City and surrounding districts to levels of efficiency that would not otherwise have been reached. Her reliability and conscientiousness have made her a vital part of the Christchurch Victim Support. Mignonne Sikaleti

In 1993, after many years of work in community based projects, she became increasingly concerned at what was, and is, a continually growing problem in Christchurch: that of people living in cold, damp and under-insulated accommodation. To address this issue she helped to organise the first community-based project designed to find a practical solution to the problem: Te Whare Roimata Neighbourhood Energy Improvement Project. A year later she co-founded Community Energy Action, a community-based organisation set up to deliver practical solutions to the energy problems of low income households. Since its establishment, the CEA has provided energy efficiency services to over 6,000 low-income homes, with incalculable benefits to community finances, health and general well-being. Over the years the CEA has grown into a hugely important community resource in Christchurch with links to scores of other social agencies, and while it has been a team and partnership effort she is a bottomless well of ongoing advice, wisdom and assistance to staff and management. There is no doubt that she is the heart and soul of the organisation. Delle Small

The service that volunteers give to their community is vital not only to the health and well-being of that community but all to often to its very existence in the form that we know it. Many give of their time, for months and years, performing services that are all too often unmarked, unrewarded, unacknowledged and even unnoticed by the community at large and that service is thus even more worthy of praise. It is rare, however, to find one who have been involved in voluntary work continuously for over half a century, but such people exist and he is a member of that elite band. For thirty years he was involved with the Blood Transfusion Service, and for eighteen years with the St. John’s Ambulance. He has been involved with the Scouting Movement and with Community Watch. He is currently a team leader and camera operator for the crime prevention camera scheme that operates in the central City and he has been a volunteer at the Police Kiosk in Cathedral Square for nine years for up to twenty hours a week. Such dedication and perseverance over the decades is worthy of the highest of accolades. Max Sword

She retired from her teaching career ten years ago, her last position being that of Senior Education Officer for Christchurch Women’s Prison, but her involvement in education and the prison system did not stop there. She remains active in the affairs of the teaching profession, having in the past been President of the Christchurch branch of the New Zealand Educational Institute, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute in 1989. She was awarded the Commonwealth Medal for services to education, and was until 1990 a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee on Education. Her involvement with the Prison system continues through the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society, of which she has been a member since 1987, a council member of PARS for the last four years, and of which she is currently President.. She is a Life Member of the Hornby Hockey Club following many years as Treasurer, and is a Life Member of the Canterbury Netball Union, having served for many years on its Management Committee. She remains deeply involved with the functioning of the Hagley Park Netball Centre. Jessie Lorna Thompson

He has been deeply involved with sport all his life. He played hockey in all grades from 1939 to 1956 in Christchurch and later on the West Coast. He was involved in umpiring, and he was a selector for West Coast men’s and women’s hockey, as well as the South Island Minors and the Canterbury Hockey Association’s senior reserve men’s teams. He is a Life Member of the West Coast Women’s Hockey Association and was President of the Canterbury Women’s Hockey Association as well as holding positions on management committees. He has served as committee member and Chairman on the Canterbury Junior Hockey Association and on the management committee of the NZ Hockey Association. He worked for many years for the West Coast Junior Cricket Association, and for the Hornby Cricket Club. Since 1984 he has served on the Christchurch Junior Cricket Association committee, and has been a Life Member since 1993. Since 1979 he has been an active member of the Kiwanis, holding many positions including Board Member, Vice-President, President, Secretary and Lieutenant Governor. Whatever he does, his effort is always one hundred per cent. Lin Thompson

Those with learning difficulties suffer a very great handicap in a society that expects a high standard of literacy and numeracy from its members. Those who lack proficiency in the three “R’s” feature disproportionately in the ranks of the underprivileged but their condition is not beyond remedy and organisations such as SPELD Canterbury and its members work tirelessly to improve their chances in life. She has been a SPELD Canterbury teacher since 1983. Over the last two decades she has taught many pupils on a one to one basis and has produced and published in appropriate journals a great quantity of written material to assist in the teaching of pupils with specific learning disabilities and the promotion of awareness of SLD problems. As well as informative articles, she has produced valuable programmes for the effective teaching of reading and spelling in the SLD environment. She has as the same time been actively involved in continual professional development and has passed on her knowledge to both her pupils and her fellow SPELD teachers. Her contribution as a committee member has been greatly valued. Lois Florence Wells

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