Giving back to the community is something Dale Wyber knows all about.
She was recently acknowledged at the Clutha District Council community service awards for her tireless commitment and services to the Milton Bruce Community over the years.
Mrs Wyber was surprised to be nominated for the award but appreciated the efforts of the support surrounding her.
‘‘It could have been any one of my friends, family or peers to win this award, because they have all contributed to the projects I’m involved in,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m very grateful for this award, and for the people who have also contributed to making these projects for Milton happen.’’
In 2015, Mrs Wyber recognised the need for support and advocacy services in the Milton community and sourced grant funding to employ a support and advocacy worker through the Methodist Mission. This led to the creation of a space to house the support and advocacy worker and grew into what is now the Tokomairiro Community Hub.
The hub hosts up to 19 different health and social services making them accessible to the people of Milton and the surrounding areas. Along with this, she sourced funding for the establishment of Project Bruce.
Mrs Wyber also volunteers for meals on wheels, volunteer drivers, Blessed Box, the Aspiring Leaders Forum and Moanariri crib owners’ restoration projects and many other endeavours.
She was described by the Clutha District Council as being the ‘‘driver’’ of many of these projects.
Mrs Wyber has been involved in volunteering since high school when she joined Rotary’s ‘‘Interact’’ project, which was her first experience.
She has given back and put herself to help out with many tasks and projects ever since.
Mrs Wyber said she was all about giving back, and her goals for the future advocated this.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to putting myself toward planning future projects and assisting with the many on the go at the moment,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re looking at getting a multipurpose facility established in Milton.
‘‘ I’m really keen for more people to engage with the community to grow more and the Main St upgrade is looking to tie council and community to work together.’’
‘‘It’s all about the community.’’
› I’m really looking forward to putting myself toward planning future projects and assisting with the many on the go at the moment. ›