Alexandra volunteer Jan Pessione is celebrating success after taking home a win in the 2019 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

Mrs Pessione was named winner of the Health Care Provider Service individual award in the national awards.

Mrs Pessione is a long-serving volunteer for Living Options, and also established the Central Otago Friendship Network and Central Otago Compassionate Friends.

She said she only accepted the publicity from the award to provide recognition for the groups she supported, and only agreed to accept it in the first place to inspire others, especially the younger generation.

More volunteers were always welcome for the friendship network, she said.

She praised all the volunteers, and those at Living Options, particularly chief executive Alison Wildey.

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