Kathleen Burford, of Christchurch, QSM, for services to migrant and refugee women and crafts
Kathleen Burford established a quilting class for migrant and former refugee women in Christchurch 20 years ago. She organises free weekly quilting classes, supported by volunteer helpers, donations, and grants from community organisations. The group has made thousands of quilts from donated fabrics. More than 400 women, from 30 ethnic groups, have now attended. They have formed close personal relationships, grown in social confidence, and moved on to attend English language classes and gain employment. Mrs Burford’s own quilting work has won numerous awards. She is a previous Zonta member and a Life Member of the Christchurch Quilting Group.