Queen's Service Medal

Queen's Service Medal

Mrs Jackie Grinder has contributed to her local Te Awamatu community for a number of years.

Mrs Grinder was responsible for opening and running a Drop-In Centre that provided a safe and friendly environment for local school children. Under her guidance the Centre developed into a school holiday programme which continues to run today.

She previously organised the 'Friendly Games' that aim to support and strengthen the relations between older members of the community.

She has been an active member of her local St. John’s Church and has been responsible for organising the Sunday morning tea roster and other social events.

She has also helped to run a local Op Shop and in this role she helps to provide clothes and supplies to vulnerable people in her local community.

For nearly a decade she has volunteered her time to sew clothes and dress 700 teddy bears for long-stay children at Waikato Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Auckland.

Mrs Grinder also sews book bags which are filled with stationery, books and games and given to sick children for activities during their time in hospital.

Pictured is Jackie receiving her Queens’s service medal. Congratulations Jackie.