Nelson nurse Penny Molnar, who has been involved in Nelson-based community organisations for more than 30 years and recently retired after 20 years as a community nurse, was honoured in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Molnar has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to the community. She was one of the founders of Victory Community Health, which in league with Victory Primary School founded the Victory Community Centre. She served as the Centre’s Be Well Community Nurse for 10 years offering health services free of charge and support to local families, with referrals to other organisations and hands-on assistance, in a role she described to the Nelson Mail as “social work with a health focus”.
She was Nelson and Marlborough’s Community Organisation Grants Scheme Coordinator from 1986 to 2002. She was also a founding member of the Nelson Multicultural Council, a member of the Women in Nelson Collective and helped establish the Nelson Women’s Centre. She was a Trustee of the Whenua Iti Outdoors Trust for 20 years, a member of the Community Workers’ Training and Support Trust and the Nelson Community and Whanau Network, and was a member of the Nelson Tasman Pasifika Trust for five years. She also volunteered with the House 44 drop-in centre and Rape Crisis.