Civic Awards 2006

Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall.

“If music be the food of love, play on,” said Shakespeare’s Count Orsino. That being so, this group of fourteen songsters has brought emotional sustenance to many thousands of Cantabrians over the fifteen years of its existence. Founded by the very capable Alan McConnel in 1991, and based in Christchurch, they travel beyond the City to Oxford or Amberley or Kaiapoi. There they entertain the elderly in rest homes and retirement groups, singing the songs of long ago. Alan McConnel has passed on, but his music lives on in the songs of his friends. Despite the loss of their founder and friend, they resolved to carry on and have gone from strength to strength, with a repertoire of songs that is of amazing size and still growing. Most ably assisted by Trixie Washington on keyboards, they continue to celebrate the life of their founder and bring pleasure to many across Canterbury. Trixie Washington and Alan’s Men.

The continuing acrimony over Police numbers and Police resources continues to resonate throughout the nation. In August of 1986 one group of volunteers decided to stop talking and to start taking action. Twenty years and well over 100,000 operational hours later, that group is still working in the heart of the City, assisting the Police and the Christchurch community to bring law and order to the central business district. Every day of the year, excepting only Christmas Day and Good Friday, they are available to the public, helping with problems as they might arise, offering comfort to those in distress, or simply directing visitors to the nearest public toilets. Their organisation was the first of its kind in New Zealand, and so successful has it been it has become the model for many similar organisations at home and abroad. Thanks to their unrelenting efforts, The City of Christchurch is a safer place for all. The Christchurch Police Kiosk Volunteers.

The arrival of a new baby is an event that can be at once both exhilarating and terrifying. Exhilarating if one is surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends, terrifying if one is alone or without friends and social networks. This group has for three decades dedicated itself to the care of all pregnant women and new mothers, but especially to those who are alone and feeling overwhelmed by the enormous implications of the new life that they are carrying. The dedicated group of volunteers provides a huge range of services; a telephone help line, pregnancy testing, home help, childcare and assistance, baby clothing and equipment, information and a referral service. They provide a drop-in centre where mothers can come to feed and change babies, get information, talk about issues, or just sit and rest for a few minutes. Most importantly, perhaps, they offer support, guidance and a sympathetic ear at a time when a young woman is at her most vulnerable. Pregnancy Help Inc Canterbury.

For over thirty years he has lived and breathed tennis and badminton in Christchurch. Largely in association with the St Christopher’s Badminton Club and with the Elmwood Tennis Club, he has organised inter-club matches, open tournaments and in-club events, providing countless participants from all over Christchurch with an opportunity for fun, fitness and fellowship. He has served on the Elmwood Tennis Club’s Management Committee and since 1990 has been the principal organiser of the Elmwood Easter Veterans’ tennis tournament, open to all veteran players. For many years he organised both social games and tournaments run by the Canterbury Veterans’ Tennis Association. As if this is not enough, he also regularly cleans the courts, and he built outdoor tables and seats for the club. He set up the lines in the car park, and freely gives of his handyman skills for the maintenance of club equipment. His skills and unflappable good humour have brought a spirit of goodwill to all who enjoy racquet sports. David John Ballisat.

Their garden in Spreydon is one of the horticultural wonders of Christchurch, drawing visitors from all over the world to view its remarkable arrangements and brilliant blossoms. Considered to be the City’s top Show Garden experts, their creation has figured in local and overseas newspapers and magazines and on local and overseas television. Busloads – sometimes as many as nine in one day – of tourists arrive throughout the year to admire their handiwork. But their influence has permeated far beyond their own garden; both have been members of the Christchurch Beautifying Association for many years, holding office on the committee. Their voluntary work planting thousands of bulbs along the river banks, and their untiring labours on the floral clock, have brought pleasure to thousands of people, citizens and visitors alike, and both were deeply involved in the installation of the water wheel at Mill Island, marking the centenary of the Christchurch Beautifying Association. Together they have ensured that Christchurch is indeed the Garden City of New Zealand. Colleen Marjorie Briggs. Brian Eric Briggs.

She has been involved with Christchurch Netball Umpires for over thirty years. She spent thirteen of those years as the Umpires Allocator, a task which involves allocating umpires for the five hundred or so teams that are likely to play each Saturday, and is currently the Administrator, which involves co-ordinating two hundred and fifty umpires. To most people this would seem like a full time job on its own, but for some forty years she has also managed to fit in an involvement with St Peter’s Netball as coach, selector, administrator and committee member. She has also for some years acted as Umpires Allocator for various South Island Secondary Schools netball tournaments. She is deeply involved with the Future Ferns whistler projects, training young umpires for the Future Ferns Competitions for year four to six players. She co-ordinates all the Future Ferns umpires each Friday and Saturday throughout the netball season. Her dedication over a lifetime of involvement has encouraged generations of young Cantabrians into a lifestyle of healthy activity, team involvement, and good sportsmanship. Glennys Burney.

Rarely does a week pass without some heart wrenching tale of yet another endangered species coming under even greater threat from an environment damaged in some way by human action or negligence. Whole populations of animals and plants disappear with alarming speed and increasing frequency as their all-too-fragile ecological niches are eroded. Those who seek to turn the tide are worthy of the highest accolade for they seek to preserve not only lives that are valuable in their own unique right, but the biodiversity that is one of the pillars of the survival of all life on this planet. Such a one is this man, ecologist, ornithologist, and white knight of the white-flippered penguin. For over three decades he has studied this small and vulnerable bird, today found only in beleaguered colonies on Motunau Island and at Harris Bay. He had given thousands of hours of his time and travelled tens of thousands of kilometres, almost entirely at his own expense, labouring long and tirelessly to give these little birds a fighting chance at survival. The White Flippered Penguins cannot give him an award. The City of Christchurch is honoured to bestow that on their behalf. Dr. Christopher Neville Challies.

For more than three decades he has given generously of his time and energy to the Halswell Community, and his commitment and enthusiasm continues unabated to this day. He served with the South Christchurch Jaycees in the 1970s, then became involved with Lions, becoming, in 1978, a founder member of the Halswell Lions Club. He became President of the Halswell Domain Sports Association in 1998, and of the Halswell Residents’ Association in 1994, continuing to serve in those capacities to this day. Through these groups he has been responsible for the special project of extending the Halswell Domain by an additional eleven hectares of land for sports fields, turning the domain into a major metropolitan facility. A keen student of local history, he gives talks at local schools and provides valuable advice on matters of local historical importance. Besides this he organises the RSA’s Anzac Day memorial services, and has done so for some years. But he is a man of broad vision, and his sight goes beyond Halswell to the whole of Christchurch. Indeed, his efforts have helped to implement all the items on the City Council’s current Community Outcomes. Ron Fensom.

As the eldest of six children on a Southland farm, she learned very early in life of the value of family ties. As a Registered Nurse, and later with a family of her own, her qualifications as a support person for families with members suffering from mental illnesses are impeccable. When the Schizophrenia Fellowship lost funding from the government health authorities, forcing it to dramatically reduce the services offered by it local branch, she stepped into the breach. In October of 2002 she set up Schizophrenia Fellowship Pegasus Bay – Supporting Families in Mental Illness. For no other reward than the satisfaction of seeing her vision become a reality, she has worked long and hard ever since, establishing monthly gatherings at the Avon Loop Community Cottage, securing staff, funding and volunteers, and seeing to the needs of families in difficulties. In parallel she has been actively involved with Bipolar Support Canterbury, and the National Council of Schizophrenia New Zealand. She has had the courage to stare into the face of a problem that few others will so much as admit exists. Lois Field.

His long association with the late Sheilah Winn has seen him deeply involved in the arts and in particular in Shakespearean theatre. As President of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand he has displayed extraordinary generosity, kindness and a willingness to help make things happen. These same qualities of character have been amply outlaid in the service of the Church, where he has for many years been a member of the Order of Lazarus and active in Parish affairs, chairing the Parish Council of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. His greatest achievement, however, is the creation of Cornwall Gardens. In 1975 he established the gardens at 27 Cornwall Street, St. Albans, creating a treasure house of native New Zealand flora. In 2004 the Cornwall Gardens Body Corporate, together with the Christchurch City Council, opened up the adjacent St Albans stream, landscaping it and linking it with the Gardens. This unique amenity is opened up frequently to tour groups, raising funds for the Canterbury Bereaved by Suicide Society, Autism NZ, Heaton Intermediate School, Rutland Street Kindergarten, Catholic Social Services and others too many to mention. Barry William Gadsby.

The sight of a loved one, once so strong and vigourous, slowly succumbing to the lingering and irreversible tragedy of dementia is one that has reduced many to despair. But even this pain can be overcome, with a little help from a friend. She is living proof of the ability to rise above that pain, and hers is the helping hand that has been extended to so many in time of need. As a tireless worker for Alzheimer’s Canterbury she had given countless hours to those who, like her, know the distress of a loved one struck down. As Librarian, fundraiser, President and occasional receptionist she has brought vitality and enthusiasm to every position she has held. When not working for Alzheimer’s Canterbury, she spends time with the Christchurch Personal Guiding Service, where, for the last twelve years she has been an energetic member of the team at every level up to and including the Chair of the Executive. Whether guiding visitors around the City or the distressed through their heartache she is truly ‘Making a Difference’. Elizabeth Hamilton.

The Akaroa district would be a much poorer place without her, and the list of her community involvements over the last thirty years is almost encyclopaedic in its breadth and number. She has been a volunteer and office holder for the Friends of the Akaroa Museum for several years, acting as Chair for several of them. She is a co-founder and active working member of the Guardians of Akaroa Hospital, and is involved in the local Civil Defence, acting as Akaroa Welfare Manager for several years. She has been Secretary – Treasurer of the Banks Peninsula RSA for several years, and puts in countless hours keeping the somewhat loosely-knit branch together. She is involved with the Duvauchelle A&P Show, being a past convenor of indoor classes and assistant secretary, and she is a committee member of Safer Banks Peninsula. In her spare time she is, or has been, involved in Tecorians, craft classes, gardening, counselling and the Akaroa School-Community Library, and regularly bakes and cooks for others. She is in every way a “Community Angel”. Elizabeth Haylock.

Joining the Dallington Scouts in 1980 he began a career in Scouting that has lasted for a quarter of a century and continues unabated to this day. Moving to the Mt Pleasant Sea Scouts in 1991 he has held leadership positions in the troop ever since and since 2004 has been Group Leader as well. He was involved in the Gang Shows of the early 1980s until they went into recess in 1985. Having enjoyed great success with the Rapanui Revues in the mid 1990s, he was motivated to re-start the Gang Shows in the late 1990s. Putting a production team together he formed a cast, wrote the scripts and then directed the show, involving Scouts and Guides from all over Christchurch, in the Repertory Theatre. Since 1995 he has been Area Water Activities Advisor and runs the Canterbury Area Regattas. He has travelled as a Leader to Australia to the Jamboree, and twice to the USA for the William I Koch International Sea Scout Cup, where his team came second in the world on both occasions. Under his tutelage hundreds of Canterbury young people have truly learned to Be Prepared. Roger Edwin Horton.

No-one now knows exactly how long he has been an member of the Fruit and Vegetable Circle of the Canterbury Horticultural Society, as records of that time no longer exist. Suffice that over the past half century or so he has been an active member of a group whose aim is to keep alive the old New Zealand traditions of self-sufficiency by growing fruit and vegetables in the home garden. His knowledge of gardening is deep and his capacity to share it seemingly bottomless. He has volunteered countless hours of his time, giving gardening talks, offering advice, and visiting home gardens. He is in constant demand throughout Canterbury as a guest speaker and show judge. A life-long role model of the Number Eight Wire approach to life, he has invented a variety of useful gardening gadgets that he happily shares with his fellow gardeners. He is a tireless advocate for the benefits of recycling and composting. At eighty nine years of age he is living proof of the adage that growing your own is the key to health and happiness. Godfrey Purvis Jameson.

Wherever one lives in New Zealand, one is never very far from the sea and there a few pleasures that New Zealanders enjoy more than a day at the beach. Yet even the safest waters can be a death trap, and all too many fall into it. The Sumner Lifeboat is there to pull them out, and he has given nearly six decades of his life to its service. Joining the Lifeboat as a crew member in 1947, he retired from active duty in 1964 but continued his involvement as Senior Vice-President until 2004. His work on the Management Committee over the years has been invaluable. He is keenly aware that there are perils on land as well as at sea and for thirty-nine years saw active service with the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade. Not only was he personally involved, but his example inspired two of his three sons to serve in the Brigade as well, the third generation of their family to do so. His service to his community, given unstintingly and over so many years, is worthy of the highest of accolades. Russell James Kerr.

The Port Hills together form the most spectacular of the natural features of the City of Christchurch, an invaluable resource for healthy, outdoor leisure activities, and a source of inspiration to all who roam over them. The Hills are rugged, often deceptively so, and those who roam them are wise to keep to the many well formed and maintained tracks that provide access to the beauty spots. He has devoted many thousands of hours over the years to the creation of new tracks and the maintenance of existing ones. Although never a member of the ‘East Enders’ track gang he worked with them for some years but in 2003 began to work on his own projects. In the summer of 2003 – 04 he oversaw the building of the two kilometre Scarborough Bluffs Track, a loop that is greatly appreciated by the Sumner community. Thousands of hours more of his time have been poured into the maintenance of other paths such as the Captain Thomas Track and the Waterfall Track, allowing the people of Christchurch continued and safe access to their natural heritage. Bill Le Gros.

For more than five decades they have made the Boys’ Brigade their life. Together they have worked for the Brigade, supporting it and each other, at all levels from cooking in the camp kitchens to chairing committees at national level. They have been involved in all the Battalion Sponsored Treks, and attended the Waipara Summer Camp for twenty years. He has held many offices from Battalion Training Convenor, to member of the Waipara Summer Camp Committee, to Adjutant for the National Leadership Courses, and has sat on the Birch Hill Lodge Campsite Committee and the Sure and Steadfast Development Trust. He has been President of the Canterbury West Coast Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade for twenty-six years. Outside of the Boys’ Brigade, they have been involved in Civil Defence in the Linwood area for many years and have made solid and invaluable contributions to their church in a host of ways. Together they are a role model for dedication, commitment and integrity that is an inspiration to the many hundreds of youngsters whom they have had in their charge. Daphne and William Lloyd.

The list of her awards and the offices that she has held in the world of surf lifesaving, at local, national and international levels, reads like a telephone directory. In 1990, after thirty-eight years of active and energetic service, she was made a life member of the Waimairi Surf Lifesaving Club. She has been a Patrol Officer, Publicity Officer, Acting Secretary, Vice President, Chief Instructor, Club Delegate, Youth Officer and Women’s Club Captain. At Provincial level she has been a Canterbury Surf Official, District Examiner, Public Relations Officer, the Women’s Delegate to Surf Life Saving New Zealand, and has sat on the Management Committee. She has competed in and acted as an official at World Masters Events, New Zealand Masters events and National Events. She has been team manager, coach, judge at countless events, and instructor. A well-known and much loved figure on Canterbury Beaches, she has enriched the lives of generations of youngsters over a long and devoted association with surf lifesaving. Loreta Leeming Mead.

She has been a tireless worker in the Scouting Movement since 12th October 1959 when she became Assistant Cub Leader for the Mairehau Group. Moving briefly to the Redwood Group in 1970, she returned to Mairehau in 1971. She became District Cub Leader for the Akatea District in 1974 for a year when she moved to the Marshland Group as Assistant Leader in 1974.  In 1979 she became Group Leader, a position she retains to this day. Sewing Scout scarves, running bottle drives, painting the Den, delivering pamphlets, cooking for gatherings, cleaning the hall after it has been hired out, there is little that she has not done for her Cubs, and nothing that she would not do if required. Whether standing in for the Scout Leader when needed, or helping at the frequent working bees, or “Cleaning up the World”, she is always ready to pitch in. For more than four decades she has helped to lay the groundwork for good citizenship, with sometimes less than promising raw material, in several generations of Cantabrians. Janice Margaret Morison.

She joined the Canterbury branch of the Schizophrenia Fellowship in 2000 as Secretary, and quickly showed an active interest in strategies to reduce the stigma so often attached to those with mental health problems. Further to this she involved herself, again as secretary, in the newly formed Canterbury Worknet Trust. This operation, run in conjunction with Orana Wildlife Park, produces high quality Canterbury fertiliser, known as ZooDoo, from the end product of the many large herbivores at the Park and provides employment for a number of people with schizophrenia-type illnesses. An ardent member of the Christchurch Contract Bridge Club, she teaches the game in schools, and is greatly appreciated for her large and meticulously set floral arrangements. She joined the Riccarton Bush – Kilmarnock Residents’ Association in 2003, helping inject new life into a semi-moribund organisation. Her passion and efficiency have been real factors in ensuring that the Association is once more an active participant in community affairs. Whatever she touches is imbued with life, energy and enthusiasm. Clare Mary Mouat.

Those who suffer from dementia do not have special needs. They have the same needs as anyone else, but those needs have to be met in special and sometimes innovative ways. Those who meet them must themselves be very special people, caring, consistent and above all patient. The Harakeke Club of Upper Riccarton is a day centre for those with dementia, a facility operated by Presbyterian Support Upper South Island, and those who staff it have to be very special people indeed. She has given many years and thousands of hours of voluntary service to the club. Her roles are diverse, and she will turn her hands to any task, be it setting up and serving meals, helping with activities or assisting with the minibus to pick up and drop off members. She is willing to stand in at short notice when others are unable to be present, and she is unfailingly cheerful and welcoming to club members. Without her the Club would be unable to provide the high level and quality of service that it does. Jill Murray.

She began her service with the Girls’ Brigade in 1955 when she was commissioned to the 31st Dunedin Company at Port Chalmers. She moved frequently but always her commitment to the Girls’ Brigade remained steady; to New Plymouth, to Tawa, to Invercargill, to Wellington, to Christchurch. She served as Captain, District Commissioner, Regional Commissioner, National Commissioner and Senior International Vice-President. An excellent communicator, role model and motivator, she remained totally committed to her girls and it is significant that, in a climate of dwindling numbers in the Girls’ Brigade and similar organisations, the companies with which she was involved maintained consistently high numbers. In the mid-1990s she was diagnosed with a medical condition that would eventually prove fatal, and while this eventually limited her involvement with the Brigade, her interest remained strong, and the Company continued to benefit from her advice, presence and wisdom. On 2nd July 2006 she finally began her journey into infinity, but she will live on, as strong as ever, in the hearts of the hundreds of young women whom she has inspired. Jeanette Lorraine McKechie.

Her career as a Karitane Nurse gave her the tools to care for others, while her natural disposition gave her the motivation, and her beliefs the spiritual sustenance required. A gentle and caring person, she has given her time and energies to a whole catalogue of agencies, but her focus has always been on care for mothers and children, and for the lonely, the sick and the dying. In her work as a visitor for the Ecumenical Chaplaincy team at Christchurch Hospital, she spends many hours listening to and supporting patients. As an elder of the Knox Church her sincerity, care and commitment have been and are deeply appreciated by all with whom she has contact. As the representative of the Association of Presbyterian Women to the National Council of Women she has been efficient and diligent. She has worked with Age Concern Canterbury, the NZ Camellia Society and the Friends of St George’s Hospital, a trusting and trusted member of each group. A quiet, sensitive and compassionate spirit, the many threads of her community work have helped to build and maintain a strong social fabric. Juliet Oakley.

He worked long and hard for the acquisition of land for a new community facility at Templeton, which opened in 2003. He has undertaken fundraising on behalf of the Templeton Residents’ Association to pay to fit out the facility, and personally completes bond checks at the weekends. He has for years been the unofficial and unpaid caretaker and rubbish collector at the Templeton Domain, unlocking the gates in the morning and locking them again at night. He has been an active and energetic member of the Templeton Pool Committee since the 1960s. Liaising with the Christchurch City Council, he has long advocated on behalf of local residents on stormwater issues, and for a local sewage treatment plant. He is a volunteer worker for the Air Force Museum, and is an active member of the Templeton RSA. Even more importantly, he has helped and encouraged neighbours to help each other, to work together to achieve shared aims, and to foster community identity. In a very real sense does he live up to his nickname of ‘The Mayor of Templeton’. Peter Peterson.

There are few names that are synonymous with music in Christchurch, and only one that can be traced back through sixty continuous years of service to the 1940s. Professor of Music at the University of Canterbury from 1962 to 1985, and Professor Emeritus from 1985, his service to music in the community goes far beyond anything that could be expected through his position with the University. He formed the John Ritchie String Orchestra in 1958 to 1967, which formed the basis of the present Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. He poured time and effort into many community groups such as the Gloucester Singers, The Addington Workshops Choir and the Liederkranzchen. As Musical Director for the Christchurch Commonwealth Games and the 1986 Papal visit he ensured that the music of Christchurch was heard throughout the world. As Secretary-General and later President of the International Society of Music Education he help to put Christchurch on the international musical map. His gift to the City cannot be expressed in words, but would require an oratorio to do it justice. John Anthony Ritchie.

With her innovative ideas, continual hard work, and compassionate nature, she has been an inspiration to the Guiding Movement for the past twenty-five years. She has served as Assistant Brownie Leader, Brownie Leader, Guide Leader, District Co-ordinator, and Assistant Regional Co-ordinator, the position she currently holds. She served as Certified Trainer for the Canterbury region for eight years, as the National Special Needs Advisor for six years, and the International and Special Events Advisor for the Canterbury Region for four years. Besides this she has organised a Cats Camp for special needs girls, co-ordinated school holiday programmes, organised home hosting for international visitors, written and edited a monthly newsletter, and acted as Regional Biscuit Co-ordinator. She has sat on committees, helped with fun days and special events, attended camps and co-ordinated various projects. She has in every way fulfilled the Guiding vision of enabling girls and young women to reach their full potential and make a difference in the world. Lynda Spittle.

When she arrived in Christchurch in 1985, few were aware of her previous career. A teacher and counsellor at Rotorua Girls’ High School for many years, she had been an active member and office holder in many organisations. The Guardians of Lake Rotorua, Rotorua District Council Rotorua Marriage Guidance, and the Federation of University Women were but a few of the beneficiaries of her energies and dedication. Rotorua’s loss would be Christchurch’s gain as she quickly but quietly began to make her presence felt in many directions. The New Zealand Family Planning Association, the Over 40s Tramping Club, the Community Gifts Fundraising Committee of the new Christchurch Art Gallery, the Christchurch Newcomers’ Group and the Friends of Ngaio Marsh House all received her active and invaluable support. Her research and writing on such matters as the physiological effects of mobile phone towers, post-natal depression, the effects of unemployment on women and the global environment have had profound societal implications. Her wide interests, her leadership and organisational skills, her ability to communicate with and relate to all people, and her willingness to share those gifts with others have made her a most valuable member of the Christchurch Community. Margaret Anwyl Lynton Sweet.

He has had a significant involvement as a leader and mentor of young people through his church and his Boys’ Brigade commitments for many years. He was appointed Captain of the 4th Christchurch Boys’ Brigade in 1990 after serving for a number of years in Linwood, and has seen the company grow to one of the largest in the country. He is a leader and an administrator, inspiring others by his fine example to become leaders and administrators in their own turn. He is a teacher, instructing countless boys and young men in the practical skills of life that are all to often missing in their lives. He is a father figure to many, a positive male role model so vital to youngsters from single parent families. He is a camp organiser, instrumental in the successful outcomes of a large number of camps over many years, camps where boys develop and hone their social, sporting and leadership skills. His faith and dedication have been key factors in helping boys become young men, and young men become adults with a strong sense of Christian character and the moral values that create a healthy and caring society. Warren Thorpe.

The historical matrix of New Zealand is unique, and it can only follow that the most visible products of that matrix – the buildings and constructions of each period – are themselves unique. Nothing quite like the Arts Centre of Christchurch, or the Canterbury Provincial Council Chambers, or the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel, has ever been built before, nor ever shall be built again. Their preservation is vital to New Zealand’s sense of identity, but ever are they under threat from redevelopment. She has been in the forefront of the battle to preserve the built heritage of Canterbury for close to three decades, a battle that is on-going and often bitterly fought. There have been victories and defeats, but always her tenacious spirit has shone through, spurring others on. Her knowledge of the history and heritage of Canterbury is immense, her energy in working for its preservation unremitting, her commitment unflagging. Her work with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and for many other groups such as the Ngaio Marsh Trust and the Riccarton Bush Trust has been invaluable. She has given the people of Canterbury not just their heritage but their very identity. Pamela Wilson.

Young people – those between ages 10 and 25 – make up a distinct social group within New Zealand society, a group with its own distinct needs. It was recognised by the early 1990s that many young people we not receiving adequate health services for many reasons, amongst them a lack of cultural understanding by older people, adult pressures to conform and intimidating hierarchical structures amongst mainstream health providers. One answer to this problem was the Youth Health Trust. She was part of the working group that first set up the Trust in 1992, and after three years of hard work the 198 Youth Health Centre was opened. She was appointed Deputy Chair, and five years later became Chair. She has been a pivotal part of the group, ensuring continuity of service and providing a wise and steady hand to navigate the various funding crises. The Centre sees some 7,000 young people every year, many at risk of depression or suicide, of teenage pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, and drug and alcohol problems. Her devotion to duty has meant that these young people have been able to receive, and accept, help. Christina Joy Woods.

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