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Published on 19th January 2010
VSA volunteer John Bowis, who is in a mentoring position with the Eastern Cape NGO Coalition in South Africa, was mentioned in this year's New Year Honours list.
John was awarded the MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to Save the Children New Zealand. He was the executive director of Save the Children for 21 years providing professional management and leadership which saw the organisation grow in strength and recognition.
"It is a great honour to be recognised by fellow New Zealanders for one's contribution, especially when it is for humanitarian work like making a difference for disadvantaged children. I am pleased that I can continue working in the development field and share my experience with local NGOs through VSA in East London, South Africa," says John.