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Victim Support volunteer receives Rotary award

Victim Support volunteer receives Rotary award

“This Paul Harris Award is given in recognition of Pam Smale’s significant contribution in many and varied ways over a long period of time to the community in which she lives.”

(The Paul Harris Fellow Award is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in Chicago in 1905).

Pam Smale joined Victim Support in 1991 soon after the group was formed in Motueka, training as a volunteer Support Worker. She became Chairperson of the Motueka / Golden Bay Local Group Committee in 1998, and has remained in both roles ever since. She was awarded a Victim Support National Certificate of Appreciation and a NZ Police Tasman District Commanders Commendation Certificate in 2008, and was a recipient of a Motueka Volunteers Award in 2014. She is passionate about the value of Victim Support to people who are facing a crisis in their lives.

Pam’s commitment to the community is rich and varied. She trained as a Registered Nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch. When the family moved to Motueka in 1973 she worked part time as a Practice Nurse for a local GP until the wholesale / retail Nursery and Garden Centre she and her husband were developing demanded her full time attention.

Young people were given the opportunity to develop horticultural skills during the 35 years the Nursery and Garden Centre was in operation, with one employee doing her three-year Horticultural cadetship and numerous other young Motueka people completing their pre-entry practical year before attending Lincoln University to gain a Diploma of Horticulture. Horticultural degree students from Lincoln University also visited the Nursery and were given access to financial and cultural records to enable them to write up case studies as part of their studies.

Pam was President of the Motueka Swimming Club for many years while the family was involved with swimming, coaching a competitive squad along with other coaches, becoming a NZ qualified timekeeper, organising many Motueka swim events, and officiating at numerous events in the region. She was presented with a NZ Swimming Federation Service Award in 1994, is currently Patron of Motueka Swimming Club, and involved again with timekeeping at events as required, with a grand-daughter now involved in competitive swimming.

Pam has been very active in the St Andrews Uniting Church, being Convener of the Christian Education committee over a considerable period of time, responsible for supporting Ministers in their Church services, and teaching Sunday School children.

Pam played an important role in Rotary in 1995/96 supporting husband Peter in his role as District Governor, traveling with him on his official visits to Rotary Clubs in the West Coast, Nelson, Marlborough, and Canterbury down to and including Ashburton.

Thank you for all your work Pam, and many congratulations on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.