Congratulations Judy Sherriff who has been made a Life Member of Arohena Playcentre.

Ms Sherriff was nominated and confirmed as a Life Member at Arohena Playcentre’s Annual General Meeting on 28 October 2021.

Cathy Prendergast who nominated Ms Sherriff, said “there could not be a more deserving recipient for Life Membership.”

“Judy wholeheartedly lives the philosophy and values of Playcentre. Her unwavering commitment spans decades, and many children have had the pleasure of connecting with Judy,” says Prendergast.

Ms Sherriff’s Playcentre journey started in 1979 at Whakamaru Playcentre.  To allow mothers to have a game of squash or just a rest, she would pick up any local children on her way to Playcentre.  She regularly attended for over 10 years until all three of her children went off to school.

In 2002, Ms Sherriff and her family moved to a farm in Arohena.  She was compelled to help when, in 2007, Arohena Playcentre reached an all-time low, in threat of closure.  Ms Sherriff, along with other longstanding community members, rebuilt and revitalised the Playcentre.  She still attends Arohena Playcentre 15 years later with her grandkids and has completed Playcentre training up to Course 4. 

Ms Sherriff also drives 50 minutes every Wednesday to Ohaupo Playcentre, where she has been attending with her grandchildren since 2013 and continues to support them, to ensure they can run their Wednesday sessions.

Ohaupo Playcentre also nominated Ms Sherriff for Life Membership and treasure her unwavering support.

Her efforts with the Playcentre Christmas float for both the Mangakino and the Te Awamutu Christmas parade are quite legendary. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and the centre has been awarded several prizes and accolades over the years.

Ms Sherriff has taken on several roles during her time at her local Playcentre, including President, Treasurer and Enrolments and has taken part in several national Playcentre hui. 

Judy Sherriff has been made a Life Member of Arohena Playcentre.