“We make a living by what we get.
“We make a life by what we give.”
These are the words Invercargill businesswoman Janice Hughes used in her speech when she accepted the National Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers Bookkeeping Community Contributor of the Year Award recently.
The director of Janice Hughes Business and Bookkeeping, Ms Hughes has contributed many voluntary hours supporting such causes as Hospice, Southland Softball Association’s
redevelopment and the Makarewa Country Club — completing it in her own time.
Her efforts were recognised when she was awarded at the ICNZB annual conference and awards in Rotorua at the end of last month.
She began her business, providing business support and book-keeping, from a spare room at home in 2014.
Seven years later, the business had grown to include staff, a stand-alone office and a customer base of more than 150 businesses that Ms Hughes and her team assist with administration, payroll, tax and business advisory services.
Volunteering is something she has always done, probably in her DNA, you could say.
“It’s kind of what our parents did too.”
She was thankful to her employees for the contribution they had made which allowed her to do the voluntary work.
“Without these guys doing what they do, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” she said.
While she knew she was one of two finalists before heading to the conference, she was still surprised when her name was called out.
“There were some expletives when they called out my name because I knew I would have to get up and say something,” she said.
She had been in the ICNZB for nine years and encouraged other bookkeepers to join.
“It’s an awesome organisation, it provides networking and support as well as lobbying government on our members behalf,” she said.