Sixteen years of service by the Heron family on the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation board of trustees has come to an end with the retirement of Pat Heron, the foundation’s longest serving trustee.
“The Don Oliver” came into being when a group of prominent West Aucklanders decided to create a memorial to the late Olympic weightlifter who had done a great deal of work with the youth of the west.
Leading businessman Bryan Heron, was one of the founding trustees and as they say behind every successful man there is a woman, in this case Pat. Long before she became a board member, Pat was deeply involved in assisting Bryan and the other founding trustees.
A central core of the foundation’s success has been the annual fundraising Awards Dinner. “This has become a hugely successful event on the West Auckland calendar and it is fair to say that all that success is due to Pat,” DOYSF chairman Dai Bindoff said, when Pat announced she was retiring from the Board.
“The board and all the scholars, and all the sponsors and supporters owe Pat an immense debt of gratitude. She created a very successful template for the dinner, and tirelessly drove the dinner organisation every year, finding new sponsors, keeping in touch with the ones we already had, selling the tickets, finding the auction prizes and a myriad other tasks. I don’t know how she did it all but I do know that without her, it wouldn’t have happened,” Dai Bindoff said.
“She’s been a wonderful benefactor and colleague and a lot of fun to work with over the years. I miss her fund of knowledge and sense of mischief. We all do. Fortunately she’s incapable of staying out of things altogether and although she isn’t going to be sitting at the board table, she’s still in there helping,” he said.
The Trusts is proud to be Associate Sponsor of the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation and joins the board, the scholars and the other sponsors and supporters, in thanking Pat and wishing her every success and happiness in the future.
Colleen Acton who is a manager at The Trusts owned Quality Hotel Lincoln Green has joined the board in Pat’s place.