Kaitangata advocate gives time to many

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Clutha District Council’s Community Awards were given to six dedicated residents and two secondary school pupils who have been working tirelessly in their communities had their volunteer efforts.

The award recipients were acknowledged by the mayor and councillors at a special event held at the Clutha District Council late in October. The Clutha Leader presents the first of seven profiles showcasing the recipients.

Joyce Beck QSM received hers for services to the Kaitangata community

Described by many as the “engine room” or “driving force” for the Kaitangata community and Kai promotions, Joyce Beck QSM was principal of Kaitangata School for 21 years and leader of the Kaitangata Girl Guides for 25 years.

In between her duties at the school and serving as a justice of the peace, she was acknowledged for her efforts with organising Strengthening Families meetings utilising input from a variety of organisations including Child, Youth and Family, Women’s Refuge, Police Youth Aid Officers and Health Camps to assist children and their families.

She is still involved in coaching young people with reading difficulties outside of school hours, and her passion for Kaitangata’s history led her to write and publish four books about her vibrant and very interesting community.

Today she is heavily involved in the local church, the skate park redevelopment, the community centre, the museum development and is well known for being passionate about Kai through her work with Kai Promotions.

At the awards evening Mrs Beck said it was a very exciting night.

“I didn’t know a thing about it until I was invited to attend.

“I feel that all the other recipients were very deserving of the community awards for their great community work,” she said.