Last week, on April 15th, we took my mother to Timaru to be presented with a special medal. Last year, the public were asked to nominate people for New Zealander of the Year awards. Over 400 people were nominated for these awards. Mum, Joyce Bush, was nominated by a person from the Grey Power organisation in Ashburton for her contributions to Girl Guides and Basketball (over 50 years to each organisation) as well as contributions to the Grey Power organisation.
Three people from Ashburton and two people from Timaru were presented with medals in recognition of their contributions, being accorded Local Hero status in the New Zealander of the Year awards. 150 Local Hero Awards were presented throughout the country. Further information about the Local Heroes Awards can be found here.
Mum being presented with her pewter medal, which had a map of NZ, the Southern Cross and New Zealander of the Year, Local Heroes Award on one side and her name and the date engraved on the other side. A black ribbon was attached.
The people presented with medals at the Timaru presentation.
L to R: Kiwibank Manager, Joyce Bush, Craig Hansen, Daphne Rissman, Christine and Donald Talbot.