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The Mountain Safety Council Volunteer Award


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Previous winners

The awards below were previously presented as part of the Outdoors New Zealand Outdoors Awards.

MSC 2014 Volunteer Award
Bob Mankelow

The MSC congratulates Bob Mankelow as the winner of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award! Bob is currently the Chair of the Tauranga MSC branch and has been a volunteer with the MSC for approximately 45 years.

Bob is heavily involved in a lot of the branch courses, and when he’s not volunteering for the MSC he’s usually giving more of his time and energy to other organisations such as LandSAR, Youth Search and Rescue, NZ Deerstalker’s Association and Ngatuhoa Lodge, to name a few. It’s not uncommon for Bob to spend on average 2 weekends a month volunteering his time.

Bob was nominated by his branch Admin Officer and his application was supported by numerous letters of support from other people and organisations Bob’s involved in. Congratulations Bob!

Heather Grady and Mike Daisley

MSC 2013 Volunteer Award
Winner: Heather Grady

The Mountain Safety Council congratulates Heather Grady for winning this year’s MSC Volunteer Award at the Outdoors Awards 2013. Outdoors New Zealand hosted the event as part of the World Outdoors Summit at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua last November.

Heather has been an active member of the Manawatu branch since 2002, and is currently its chairperson. As well as leading the branch, Heather is an instructor in Bushcraft, Risk Management, and Outdoor First Aid courses. She spends much of her time running courses for young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Heather says she has met thousands of teenagers through her work with MSC, adding that "Some of them have never been out in the bush before, and for them, having to use a long drop loo is challenging enough!"

Heather Grady and Mike Daisley

MSC 2012 Volunteer Award
Winner: Nigel Seebeck 

The 2012 Outdoors New Zealand volunteer of the year award has been won by the Mountain Safety Council’s Nigel Seebeck.

Nigel has been a member of the MSC since 1983. He is currently the chair of MSC Wellington Branch and acts in both a regional and national capacity for the Alpine, Abseil and Outdoor First Aid programmes, as well as being a national assessor in Outdoor First Aid and Abseil.Nigel places a huge emphasis on safety with a strong attention to detail. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with others so that they too can enjoy the outdoors safely whether it be skiing, abseiling, tramping etc.

As well as MSC, Nigel puts in large numbers of volunteer hours into the Upper Hutt Community Rescue Team, provides first aid support for local events and shares his IT skills with other community organisations.

Darryl Carpenter (MSC Chief Executive) said: ‘Nigel is a dedicated, highly skilled and hard-working professional. He is genuine, articulate and a mentor to many as well as a lovely, kind and gentle family man, who is respected by his peers.

He is the consummate volunteer who successfully juggles his volunteer roles and his professional career without compromising either,’ added Carpenter.

Well done to Nigel on this significant achievement.

Nigel Seebeck with his award


MSC 2011 Volunteer Award
John Ransfield

MSC congratulates John Ransfield who has just been named Volunteer of the Year in this year's Outdoor Excellence Awards hosted by Outdoors New Zealand.

John is a volunteer firearms instructor for the Mountain Safety Council, of which he has been a valued member for the last 30 years. John has provided exceptional service to the community and goes to great lengths to deliver the firearms safety message and encourage others to apply for their firearms licence.

Recently John has lent his expertise and has been heavily involved in the setting up of the Whakatupato Firearms Safety Programme. Whakatupato, meaning 'take care' is a joint initiative between MSC, NZ Police and Iwi.

John has contributed more than the norm; he has shown dedication, commitment and personal sacrifice in order to deliver the firearms safety message. He is a humble man who would never consider his volunteerism to be extraordinary, but we all congratulate and thank him for his exceptional service.

 John Ransfield Volunteer Award

MSC 2010 Volunteer Award
Winner: Noel Bigwood

A diverse range of nominations  reflected the broad spectrum of volunteering from administrative and governance level contributions, through to very practical and innovative hands on work with youth, and others in the community. 

This year's recipient is Noel Bigwood,  and the award recognises his huge contribution to the outdoors via Mountain Safety Council work, search and rescue work and much more.    

Congratulations also to the other nominees also. NZ Mountain Safety Council would like to say a big thank-you to your contribution to the Outdoors sector, and to NZ Mountain Safety.


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