Volunteer of the Month for August 2020 was awarded to the very lovely Neroli Edwards.
Neroli was nominated for her work with the local branch of Plunket.
Neroli's official role at Plunket is that of Front Desk Coordinator but she does so much more, says Tehya Henare-Toka (Coordinator). She coordinates the Winter Woolies project, which provides 100% wool knitted items for new babies in Marlborough. Neroli leads this project with enthusiasm and dedication, always going out of her way to make sure the knitters receive a thank you card and that the clothing is packaged lovingly for its new home. Neroli also keeps the Plunket Rooms neat and tidy, disinfecting toys and washing blankets and tea towels so that parents can be sure their children are playing in a safe and healthy environment. Other activites that Neroli fulfills include taking messages for the staff, preparing flyers and brochures for display, and welcoming families to the Plunket Rooms. Sometimes Neroli even manages to rope in her husband, Peter, if she notices some rubbish that needs to go to the dump or some weeds that need pulling.
Tehya says, "I have also noticed Neroli caring so wonderfully for our clients, making them tea, holding babies so mum can go to the bathroom, and keeping older children occupied with colouring pages while mum cares for the little one. I could go on forever about all the amazing work Neroli does and the positive impact she has here at Plunket."
This is a story of dedication, hard work, and loyalty - qualities that are inspiring to all.
When asked why she wanted to nominate Neroli, Tehya told us, "Neroli is the most willing and reliable volunteer. She takes initiative in every aspect of her role, constantly going above and beyond in terms of her work and support for Plunket. She has an infectious smile that many parents at our Plunket office have commented on, saying that coming in when Neroli is at the desk always makes them feel welcome and comfortable. Her work ethic and approach to the front desk coordinator role is absolutely professional. Neroli has been there to help me out of sticky situations and always manages to find the time to surprise you with a cuppa. She provides high quality training for new volunteers, and I trust her implicitly."
Congratulations, Neroli! We are so happy to award you the Volunteer of the Month award this month!