Mark (Doc) Johnston recognised at local board Awards
Mark (Doc) Johnston was honoured & his community contribution recognised at the recent Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Volunteer Awards ceremony held at the Torbay Sailing Club at the start of National Volunteer week. (17 June 2018)
Julia Parfitt, Hibiscus and Bays Local Chair, presented 19 volunteers from varying organisations with their certificates and thanked them for their contributions to their communities, saying "Volunteers are our unsung heroes"
President John Chapman, who nominated Mark, included the following in his citation :
"Mark has been a member of our club since 2001 and became a qualified life guard in 2006.
For 17 years, he has continuously coached and trained both junior and senior life guards and regularly holds more than one role each year.
His volunteer contribution includes:
- Volunteer coach – 14 years. Involved with children in our youth programme (Junior Lifeguards).
- Volunteer life guard – 13 years – including 6 years as a Patrol Captain
- Lifeguard Instructor – training new life guards for 9 years
- Lifeguard Examiner – assessing new lifeguards from all over the Northern Region for 5 years
- Surf Official – 10 years volunteering at Surf Sport events as an official
He held all these roles in the 2017/18 surf lifesaving season.
In my estimation, Mark has directly contributed to the education of over 300 lifeguards that have passed through our club.
Mark has had a massive influence on 2 generations of life guards at Orewa Surf Club and as such, his volunteer contribution has a direct benefit to the wider community. A number of his trainees have themselves progressed through our ranks and now hold senior lifeguard roles both locally and across the Auckland region.
Each year Mark commits a huge amount of his time to the community through the education of trainee life guards. He is the epitome of a true volunteer never seeking recognition or thanks but just getting on with things."