To this year’s recipients of Waiheke’s Outstanding Community Service Awards I extend my heartfelt congratulations.
Billie Jordan, Sue McCann, Alf Jones, Lee Stickland and Rev. Tony Watts have all made contributions to island life that epitomise the essence of that much used phrase ‘giving back to the community’. These people are role models who embrace all ages and bring us together – whether it be through dance, sport, charity, business, family or service. They are, and have been, an inspiration to others to get involved and do more.
One attribute in particular stands out for me, their positive attitude. They are all cup half full people. They look ahead, recognise the possibilities and know how to make a contribution that will realise their vision. These are the people we want to surround ourselves with because their very presence lightens our day.
It’s no surprise therefore that these awards are the brainchild of Local Board Member Don McKenzie: a more positive person you could not wish to meet. By his example we learn that it’s not the trials and tribulations of life that matter but our attitude towards them. You have only to read about his own outstanding contribution to New Zealand (see www.donmckenzie.co.nz) to understand his motivation for introducing this initiative to Waiheke.
Well done Don; well done Billie, Sue, Alf, Lee and Tony. I drink from my cup half full to toast you all.