2017 Community Service Award Recipients

Carol Haig

With boundless generosity forged by a love for the Clyde community, Carol Haig’s selfless commitment to `get involved’ is inspirational.
Everything she does is for the community, for children and for Clyde. Carol wants the best for her town and its people, never seeking her own reward.

With endless energy and enthusiasm, Carol lends a hand in big and small ways.
The breadth and passion of her community involvement spans 40 years. It includes key roles in the Clyde Volunteer Fire Brigade, Clyde Theatre Group (she is a life member), Clyde Memorial Hall committee, Promote Dunstan, Clyde Playcentre, Clyde School, Clyde Historical Museums and the Clyde Community Development Group.
In her voluntary contributions, Carol supports others in a positive way, recognising opportunities for their development and involvement. Understanding what her community needs, she collaborates to get things done in a cooperative and efficient way.

Over the years Carol has also provided personal support for those in need, sometimes in life-changing ways.

Carol’s great-great grandparents settled in Clyde in 1865—she understands and teaches the importance of generations cherishing and preserving the past. Carol’s own story is a remarkable, continuing tale of enthusiastic participation, encouragement of others and incredible pride in her community.


Heather McPherson 

With a big heart and a strong sense of community health and development, Heather McPherson epitomises the essence of community service.
Over the decades she’s been instrumental in driving progress in many community-based organisations and events in the Cromwell Basin.
Over two decades, Heather’s love and passion for community arts gently and expertly guided the Cromwell & District’s Community Arts Council, transforming it into a high-profile, proactive organisation that blossomed under her leadership as chair for 16 years.

Heather is on the Bannockburn Community Centre committee, a key organiser of Central Otago’s Trashion Show and supports the Cromwell Farmers’ and Craft Market, and the Cromwell Wine and Food Festival, with her time and energy.
She was an active supporter of Central Otago’s early wine industry, including serving as chairperson of Central Otago Wine Growers.

Heather initiated and co-founded the boutique annual arts and activities event `Across the Bridge in Bannockburn’, including the popular Bannie Beanie competition.

Heather’s gifts for bringing people together and encouraging and creating opportunities for others—coupled with her ideas and creativity—have led to great things happening in her community.
Forward-thinking, she constantly strives to see how something can be done better and how best to involve people and resources. Heather is a true community champion, committed to making Central Otago a better place.


Rod Peirce

When it comes to community, no job is too tough for Rod Peirce, a truly inspirational volunteer. Across so many levels, Rod has made an extraordinary personal contribution to the successful development of the Clutha Gold Trail.
Rod’s foresight, vision and leadership steered the project through political and practical hurdles. He led the initial working party, held stakeholder meetings and oversaw a feasibility study. Under his leadership, the Clutha Gold Charitable Trust secured the initial $3.8 million government grant needed for the $5.2 million construction project.

Recognising the benefits a cycling trail would bring to Teviot Valley communities, Rod guided the project with integrity, tenacity and inimitable humour through eight years of planning and three years of construction.

Rod continues to contribute countless `hands-on’ hours in all weathers—clearing trees, controlling weeds, replacing signs and unblocking ditches—as well as many administrative tasks.

There are also Rod’s other community contributions. For a decade, he was the Millers Flat Ettrick Fire Brigade’s foundation fire chief. He led the Millers Flat Hall rebuild and chaired the Teviot Valley’s first community plan group.

A proud community trailblazer, Rod cares for and wants the best for his community, always doing the hard yards with energy and a smile.
His unwavering determination and commitment to get the job done `boots and all’ has created a hugely significant tourism and public amenity asset—a magnificent legacy for future generations.


Judy Elliott Hall

Judy Elliott Hall has truckloads of energy and time for the Alexandra community. Her decades-long voluntary contribution as an active leader and participant in a raft of local organisations and community work is motivational and inspiring.

The Alexandra Senior Citizens, Ranui Home House, the Alexandra Citizens Advice Bureau, the Alexandra Aquatic Centre, the Town Christmas Decorations committee, the Alexandra Blossom Festival, the Alexandra Community Board—all have benefitted from Judy’s active involvement.

Judy is an honorary life member of the Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade, where she serves as secretary and has been a support person for many years. She’s chair of Alexandra Victim Support—where she’s volunteered for more than 20 years, chair of the Alexandra Wheelchair Van committee, and a trustee of the recently-formed Alexandra Rural Community Patrol. For many years she was involved in Central Otago netball as an umpire and club chairperson.

Fundraising is one of Judy’s main passions. She often helps on collection days or works behind the scenes to fundraise for community projects.
Judy’s generosity and compassion shine through in personal ways. Over decades Judy fostered children needing support, opening her home to provide life-changing experiences.

Gifting her time, energy and wisdom, Judy has made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the Alexandra community.


Valerie Smith

Faith, family and community are at the centre of Valerie Smith’s incredible, long-standing service to her community.
Valerie is loved for her quiet generosity, humility and patience, and the friendship, care and practical support she gives to others. From a teenager organising Christmas presents for children in need, Valerie’s life-time involvement in community, particularly church activities, is awe-inspiring.
For 35 years, Valerie taught the all-age Sunday School at Naseby. For 39 years, she’s taught `Adventure Time’, a regular lunch-time programme held several times a term, that teaches Christian values to Maniototo Area School children.
Valerie organises the community chaplaincy services for Ranfurly’s Chalet Rest-home, taking the rest-home, local ANZAC, Christmas Eve and funeral services when needed. Valerie received national recognition for her 44-year voluntary service to Bible in Schools.

Many Maniototo organisations have benefited from Valerie’s extraordinary voluntary contributions. For 18 years she’s been involved with the Naseby Information Centre & Craft Centre, initially as a patron and founding member, and then as a volunteer, committee member, surrounds caretaker and fundraiser. Valerie has also volunteered for the Maniototo A & P Show, the Cancer Society, Plunket and the Naseby Athenaeum.
Compassionately and quietly serving others, Valerie lives by her faith. Her enduring, selfless, and inspirational contribution is truly special.