100 years on Belgium honours women with a cause
Daughters of early settlers, Mary Ann Wick a wife and Margaret Callan a teacher never have expected awards and accolades. But a century later we honour these two women for their work during World War One.
On Monday, 18 March, the Belgian ambassador to New Zealand, His Excellency Marc Mullie, will unveil special plaques they commissioned to Mary Ann and Margaret’s restored graves. Both received the Médaille de la Reine Elisabeth (Belgian Queen Elisabeth Medal) for their contribution to providing humanitarian, financial and medical assistance to civilians and soldiers through the first world war.
“It’s wonderful to have this amazing woman recognised in this way,” says great great grand-daughter of Mary Ann Wicks, Angela Te Wiata.
“Her generosity at a time when circumstances would have been difficult for her as well, is nothing short of outstanding.”
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