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Breakfast celebrates staff and volunteers

Whitianga Community Services Trust (WCST) staff and volunteers were thanked and celebrated at a breakfast last Sunday morning at Basker Cafe.
 |  Dorothy Preece  | 

From left: Councillor Giri-Percival, Helen Rapana, Ms Sanerive-Pere, Peter van der Putten, Tony Marsters

Among 45 invited guests were TCDC Acting Deputy-Mayor Rekha Giri-Percival, and Regional Public Service Advisor, Shelley Sanerive-Pere. The powhiri was given by WCST Community Co-ordinator Mike Bennett.

In a surprise announcement, Whitianga Social Services Manager Tony Marsters said they would be honouring six of the longest-serving members of the WCST team with long-service certificates. 

Two of those mentioned, Peter van der Putten (30+ yrs administrator) and Helen Rapana, (20+ yrs transport/driver) were present to receive their certificates from Councillor Giri-Percival, and Citations of Appreciation from Ms Sanerive-Pere, on behalf of the wider region.

The others named were Delle Jackson (24 yrs visitor/ driver/opshop), Barbara Reed (21 yrs transport/ driver), Chrissy Roe (16 yrs Transport Co-ordinator/ front desk/admin.) and Eveline Flowerday (12 yrs driver/transport).

The citations were written, “In acknowledgement of your (staff and) volunteer services and on-going contribution to the community.” Tony Marsters said some of those receiving the honours had worked for more years than was shown in the records.

“This morning, we are formerly acknowledging our immense gratitude and regard for all those who serve the community with such loyalty. In the day-to-day course of their work, our staff and volunteers often have to deal with difficult situations, and sometimes we are too busy to thank them. We just want them all to know how much we appreciate their commitment to the people of Mercury Bay.”

Peter van der Putten, a man of few words, whose work both as a volunteer and staff member is largely responsible for the current site of the WCST and also the network of buildings the Trust has.  Peter simply said upon receiving the certificate; “I do it for the community.”