Happy New Year! We hope you have all enjoyed the festive season.
As we welcome in 2022, we are once again facing a few extra challenges as we look to how we deal with the arrival of Omicron. While we cannot arrange some of the big gatherings we have had in the past, we know the strong community spirit in South Invercargill will see us through, and we will adapt and continue what activities we can in a way that keeps us all safe.
A quick update on operating at the Red traffic light setting - both The Pod and The Pantry will remain open while at Red traffic light settings. However to keep you and everyone in our community safe, we do ask that you follow all of the usual health measures – please wear your mask, sanitise and scan in on arrival and while we love seeing all of your friendly faces, if you can perhaps just give us a call or email instead of popping in that would be great, our virtual ‘door’ is always open.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PANTRY
A big welcome back to all our customers. It’s been great seeing you.
You would have noticed some changes to the shop and café towards the end of the year as we prepared for the government's traffic light system. In order to operate the cafe under my vaccine pass and continue to provide our grocery service we have separated the two with a dividing wall. It's the best we could do with the resources we had and watch this space for some art to appear on our partition wall soon!
Also, a thank-you for your patience with the change around and a reminder that the staff are more than happy to help you find any products that may not be where they used to be.
We also want to remind people that if they are hunkering down due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak then we are able to deliver. You can phone us 03 214 5200, email email@example.com or jump onto our online store shop.thepantry.co.nz
BERYL WILCOX Friday, 31 December 2021 - Stuff News
MEMBER OF THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT
A Southland woman recognised in New Year 2022 Honours says it is also an honour for everyone she has worked with during the years.
Beryl Wilcox has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to community governance in the Southland region for more than 30 years.
“A leader can only be effective with the support and work given and achieved by staff, volunteers and family.
“This honour is as much about them too,” she said.
More than 20 local boards and committees has had Wilcox as a member or chairwoman, all in the fields of education, health, social development and employment.
Wilcox believed everyone had a responsibility to play their part for the community.
She got her strong sense of community service from her dad Wallace Perkins, who was quite ahead of his time according to her.
“I think the most important things for me always growing up was lifelong learning, education and wellbeing and I had a real focus for youth,” she said.
She has always loved the notion of education and its wider sense, which was probably why she has been involved in governance roles many primary, secondary, and tertiary education institutions.
Wilcox regards education as being so important because it provided people with opportunities and chances. Her father also instilled that in her.
Wilcox is the chairwoman of South Alive (a community organisation striving to build a place that engendered pride and empowered its residents) and what she enjoys about governance is the strategic aspects of it.
“You know the fact that you can look at the big picture and then break it down into goals and break it down into targets.
“You just sort of think you’re doing a little, which helps a little ...”
It’s not about what the board wants, but rather what the community wants, and it is the board’s job to figure out how to best reflect that, she said.
“One of the big things here [South Alive] is that it’s a different way of thinking, so here it’s about community led development.”