2016 Citizen Award recipients announced

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Each year hard working locals are recognised by the District for their continued contributions to the community.  The recipients for the 2016 Stratford District Citizen Awards are:

Ernie Burrows, Neville Cleland, and Roger White.

Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke says, “The three people chosen have been involved in a wide range of activities over many years. Volunteers are an important and essential part of the community. Stratford is very lucky to have such dedicated people and it is great to be able to formally recognise their contribution to the Stratford community.”

The presentation ceremony will be held in the Stratford District Council Chambers on Wednesday 13 July 2016 at 5.30pm.

rsz ernie burrows 

Ernie Burrows
Ernie Burrows had more than 50 years involvement with the Stratford Speedway. He was part of the organisation since its inception. For years he volunteered at the speedway grounds in Stratford as track manager and undertaking anything that needed doing from painting to fixing fences. He has had national recognition from the Speedway New Zealand for his track work and was awarded the Rotary - Paul Harris Foundation Award for his service. Ernie who turns 80 in November now spends his days as the voluntary caretaker at the Stratford A&P Association grounds, where he has worked for the past 2 years. 

 rsz neville cleland Neville Cleland
Neville Cleland has been a part of numerous community organisations including the Toko Young Farmers Club, Toko School Committee, Toko Domain Board and Toko Hall Committee which he was part of for 23 years. Neville has always lent a hand to the sports clubs he’s been apart of such as the Toko Rugby Club, Toko Tennis Club, Strathmore Golf Club, Stratford Croquet Club. He is a long standing member of the Toko Lions Club. Nine years ago he created the Chateau to Plateau motor bike ride event which has donated more than $70,000 to the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter Trust.
 rsz roger white Roger White
Roger White was the third generation to own the family business R H White in Stratford, where he worked for more than 50 years. He joined the original service organisation Jaycee’s in the 1970’s. Roger spent two terms on the Borough Council and one term on the inaugural district council, where he served as deputy mayor for a time. As part of his role as councillor he was appointed to the Te Wera Outdoor Recreational Trust in the 1980’s. He is still involved with the Trust today. He has been part of community groups including Men’s Probus and Stratford Primary School Committee. He has been a JP for 43 years.