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.