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Southern View: June 07, 2016

Southern View: June 07,

FREE TUESDAY jUnE 7 2016 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) 379 7100 EXHIBIT NOW! SHOW 1ST-3RD JULY 2016 HORNCASTLE ARENA Contact Vanessa Fleming vanessa.fleming@starmedia.kiwi 021 914 565 Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Woman recognised for a lifetime of helping others • By Tom Doudney A MOTHER’S kindness and her upbringing in a large family set St Martins resident Lynda Macdonald on the path to a lifetime of helping others. Yesterday, she received the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community. Mrs Macdonald worked voluntarily as a Strengthening Families facilitator for more than eight years, and was appointed to a number of social welfare panels in the 1990s such as the Care and Protection Resource panel that monitored and advised social workers. She has been involved in governance and management roles in the Catholic Church since the 1980s and tutored Catholic students and their parents on sexuality for more than seven years. Mrs Macdonald said she was taken aback when she heard she was to receive the honour. “I’ve done nothing startling, I’ve just done what was needed to be done in front of me,” she said. “I have been a mum and a grandmother and probably tried to be a good neighbour and good friend to people and that’s about it.” She said growing up in a big family with a kind mother had been a key influence in giving the amount of time and energy she had to various initiatives. “We were taught always to treat others as you would like to be treated so if I had a sense that I could make a difference to someone, I would do it.” Her community work began when, as a 25-year-old mother of three, she was instrumental in setting up a Plunket home visiting group in Avonside. From there she kept being asked to help with more and more initiatives. Later, Mrs Macdonald was a co-ordinator of Heartland Services, a prototype organisation developed to promote access to government and NGO services, which was nominated for a United Nations Award. In 2007, she received the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board Certificate of Community Service. She is also a justice of the peace and marriage celebrant. One of the things she had found most rewarding was her time working for Barnardos when she ran parenting courses in the Christchurch men’s and women’s prisons. INFLUENCE: Lynda Macdonald was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal yesterday for her lifetime of working with a number of community-focused organisations and initiatives. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location Drop blinds into us by 9am, at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. New Blind Sales Priced from $30 www.blindcare.co.nz Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm