Hurunui District Council Receives Prestigious St. John Ambulance Award
Hurunui District Council Mayor, Winton Dalley, and Special Projects and Amenities Manager, Bruce Yates, today accepted the prestigious Priory Vote of Thanks award, presented by St. John Ambulance’s Andrew Hide, Commander of the Order of St. John and Member of the South Island Trust. The presentation was made during this afternoon’s official opening ceremony of the new Amberley Station.
The honour, approved by the Governor General of New Zealand and St John Prior, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, on the recommendation of Priory Chapter, was awarded as part of St. John Ambulance’s National Honours and Awards Programme, to acknowledge the assistance, support and generosity, both in spirit and in kind, the council has provided to St John.
Mayor Winton Dalley said that he was very surprised and humbled to have been given the award. The presentation was kept top-secret and only high ranking officials and the Rangiora Area Committee were “in on it”. Mayor Dalley said that he was completely taken aback.
“The Hurunui district is what it is today because of the generosity of our volunteers. St. John volunteers are the first to care in a medical emergency, and our council has always done everything possible to support them so that they can carry out their role.”
Mayor Dalley also spoke with warmth about the young “Penguins”; the St. John Cadets that he frequently engages with at the Amberley site shared with the Council Chambers noting it was fantastic that so many of them could make it to the opening ceremony.
“They are the future of volunteering in the Hurunui,” he said, “and the future is in good hands!”