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Civic Honours awarded to three Wanganui citizens - 4/05/2006

The recipients of the 2006 Wanganui Civic Honours Awards are Brian Bignell, Enid Dryden and Rosa Roach.

The awards were presented at a civic function hosted by Mayor Michael Laws today. The Civic Honours are aimed at unpaid volunteers who work predominantly in the area of community service.

Brian Bignell's voluntary service to the Wanganui community includes a wealth of work to assist the blind and hearing impaired. This has involved looking after the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind's talking book machines; collecting for the annual Blind Week and Guide Dog appeals; treasurer of the Foundation's Wanganui Committee for the Blind; assisting the Wanganui Branch of the Hearing Association with product sales and advice, public education days and donations of equipment. He has also assisted other organisations including Riding for the Disabled, Rotary Club "Reader in Schools" programme, Trade Aid, Meals on Wheels, Wairere Probus Club, Christ Church Anglican Parish and St Chad's Church.

Enid Dryden has made a significant voluntary contribution over three decades and more than 14,000 hours - to a major Wanganui District Library project. She has researched, recorded and edited the Wanganui Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages, identifying connections between family names and relationships to ensure each record is correct. This unique resource gives access to the Wanganui region's family history information covering more than 130 years. The Index is used daily by local genealogists and increasingly by national and international seekers of family history.

Rosa Roach has worked with a large cross-section of the Wanganui community, both young people and older people, through her voluntary work. Organisations she is, or has been, involved with include Standby Wanganui; remedial reading tutor at Wanganui East School; boys' sewing tutor at Wanganui Intermediate School; junior tennis coach at Wanganui East Tennis Club; swimming teacher at Wanganui East pool; Plunket; school and sports committees; Wanganui Stroke Association; Age Concern; Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind; Wanganui City Mission.

The recipients received a framed certificate and a piece of local glass art from the Chronicle Glass Studio.

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