SUE MORT - KEEP ALEXANDRA CLYDE BEAUTIFUL
Sue has lived in Alexandra for the last seven years, originally coming from her home in Wales in 1980 for a job in Invercargill as a Landscape Architect, moving around the country and thankfully, settling in our community of Alexandra.
Since joining KACB in 2007, she has been our ‘super landscape designer’, being involved in all of our projects. Sue was a brilliant ‘right-hand’ woman to Ann Wills, convenor of our Kamaka Walkway upgrade and beautification (runner-up in the 2013 KNZB-Fonterra Award). Enthusiastically drawing up detailed landscape plans for the whole track in many sections and numerous planting areas, she also supervised community workers clearing unwanted foliage, selected plants, suggested alternatives and was there to assist in the planting of the 600 plants, helping lay carpet weed matting, shovelling mulch, and helping with irrigation. She continues to be extremely supportive following up with monitoring and work where required.
Sue has also been involved with the KACB Rail Trail project, Linger and Die Project Gold plantings, Lookout Estate plantings, instigating landscaping around an unsightly pump station and Gillaly Way entrance, attending many working bees and doing whatever job is required, always available to assist with advice if needed. She also regularly attends any clean up that is held, or wherever she may be – if there’s rubbish, she’ll pick it up!
Despite working around 30 hours a week, Sue finds time each week to volunteer for not one, but five organisations. She is a regular on the sorting station at Central Otago Wastebusters, has been a big buddy with Presbyterian Support’s Buddy Programme for well over 10 years, has been an accredited visitor with Age Concern for 15 years, is a volunteer conversationalist with Malaysian women through English Language Partners and is very well respected on our KACB committee.
Sue offers not only friendship to both the young and older people in Alexandra, but is able to share her knowledge gained through her career as a landscape architect.
We would like to acknowledge Sue’s extremely valued input in all aspects of her support of KACB!
Well done, Sue. You deserve to be KNZB’S Volunteer of the Month!
Don't forget to put your nominations in for the KNZB Volunteer of the Month Award, sponsored by New Zealand Couriers. We want to hear all those inspiring stories!
If you would like to submit a nominee for VOM, please email us.