Congratulations to John McGiven, ESNZ’s March 2022 Volunteer of the Month!

John’s nomination is from Eventing Southland via Helen Christie. Here’s how and why John is clearly a great candidate for ESNZ Volunteer of the Month as Helen tells it.

“I had caught up with John at the Rotorua event at the end of November 2021 and he s


aid that he and Denise were coming South to holiday in the Catlins and Stewart Island. I actually mentioned we had an event on the week before Christmas at Ryal Bush and suggested they may like to call in.

Getting closer to Ryal Bush, sadly Hamish who was our TD and doing the seminar, was unable to come. 

Debra Gibson exhausted many possible avenues of a substitute, not an easy job the week before Christmas!! It seemed we might have to downgrade the level of competition, when Jenny Draper reminded me about John and Denise being on holiday down here.

I left a message, as they were out of cover, and wasn’t sure that they would want to interrupt a well-deserved holiday to come officiating.

John got back to us and enthusiastically agreed to help us out! With the help of Debra helping out measuring, he came along and enabled the event to go ahead with no downgrading of the classes offered.

Eventing Southland were extremely grateful for his input and cheerful manner in allowing the event to successfully go ahead. The Group wish to acknowledge this selfless contribution by him and Denise, by nominating him for Official of the Month!!”

This is such a heart-warming example of the generosity of John and Denise; thank you both and thank you to Eventing Southland and Helen Christie for the nomination.

ESNZ Volunteer of the Month receives a gift in recognition of their contribution; John’s is on its way to him.

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