From left, Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese congratulates Broadgreen Society volunteer Janette Dimery, centre, with husband Peter Dimery. Photo: Supplied.

Broadgreen volunteer recognised for years of service


One of Nelson’s longest-serving volunteers has been given a special thank you from the Nelson Mayor.

Janette Dimery has been helping at the Broadgreen Society for almost half a century.

She started volunteering at Broadgreen House in 1971, initially working for the council inside the house.

A few years later, she began caring for the Broadgreen Rose Garden, which has recently been recognised as a fivestar Garden of Significance.

She then started chatting informally to visitors to the house, which was only open on Sundays at that time.

This led to her being offered regular guiding duties, and she has been a Thursday morning guide there now for some years.

Janette has also spent many years assisting the previous curator, Margaret Paul, with data entry and administration duties.

She says it’s been a real pleasure to give so much of her time to Broadgreen.

“I have really enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life, especially when we have overseas visitors.

“One of the highlights was showing the US ambassador and his wife through the property.”

Janette also enjoys showing school groups around, especially when the children return with their parents and grandparents in tow.

She said she was shocked to find out her time and efforts were being recognised by the Mayor.

“When you do something for pleasure, you just don’t think of the reward,” she says.

Nelson Mayor, Rachel Reese, says Janette’s dedication and passion to Broadgreen is inspiring.

“It’s been an honour to meet and talk with Janette, and I thank her for her extraordinary service, her much valued time and her efforts.

“Without people like Janette, our wonderful heritage properties and facilities would not be able to offer visitors the unique historical experience which is such an integral part of Nelson Whakatū’s history,” she says.

Janette Dimery says she hopes to keep volunteering at Broadgreen for many years to come.