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Civic Awards honour Christchurch’s unsung heroes

Wednesday, December 11, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: Awards, Community development

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 10th December 2019

Ten groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their local community are being honoured with Civic Awards.

The awards are presented annually by Christchurch City Council to recognise those who are making a positive contribution to their community.

“These awards are our way of acknowledging those who go the extra mile and generously give their time and energy to benefit others," says Civic Awards Committee Chair Councillor Yani Johanson.

“The groups and individuals who are receiving awards this week have all worked tirelessly, over many years, to make a positive difference to their communities and we owe them a debt of gratitude. These Civic Awards are one way we can say thank you for all they have done," Cr Johanson says.

The Civic Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Christchurch Town Hall on Monday 16th December 2019.

This year’s Civic Award recipients

Kim Blackmore has been the musical director and conductor of Stedfast Brass for more than 20 years. The band has brought pleasure to thousands of music lovers around the city through its concerts and performances at school fairs, rest homes, church services and many other venues. Kim Blackmore not only arranges the performances - he also gives tuition to new and less skilled band members.

Bill Cowen is a passionate footballer who has spent decades working to promote the sport. He lives and breathes football and has driven the post-quake rebuild of his football club, Cashmere Technical, facilities and membership.

Christchurch Theatre Workshop SING Group been running sing-along concerts, primarily for elderly residents of rest homes and retirement villages, for 19 years.

Costume designer Jenny Gillies has helped foster Christchurch’s image for more than 20 years as the Garden City through designing and displaying fabric floral creations both here in Christchurch and overseas.

Keep Christchurch Beautiful is focused on making Christchurch a cleaner, greener, more beautiful city. It supports almost 40 schools with ideas and resources through its Schools Environment Enhancement Programme (SEEP).

Barry Scott has been an active member of the Halswell Lions Club for nearly 30 years, where he has helped with countless community projects. He looks after the administration of the Halswell Public Hall.  For many years Barry Scott has also assisted with Camp Quality programmes, which aim to bring fun, hope and happiness into the lives of children living with cancer.

Judi Smitheram has been secretary of the Christchurch Folk Music Club and President of the Canterbury Folk Music Festival for the last four years. Under her leadership, the festival has developed into a national event that attracts musicians from around New Zealand and the world.

Anne Stercq is a registered psychologist with more than 30 experience. She has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the Seabrook McKenzie Centre for Specific Learning Disabilities.

Phil Tappenden has worked tirelessly for the past 14 years to build a relationship between the communities of Christchurch and Songpa Gu. He is Honorary Consul for the Republic of Korea in Christchurch and has been instrumental in organising scholarships and school and cultural exchanges.

David Wilkinson took on the role of Canterbury Area Co-ordinator for Canterbury Neighbourhood Support in 2010, after a 30-year career in law enforcement. Since then he has worked tirelessly to strengthen the organisation and extend its reach, introducing new communication systems and setting up a satellite station in Riccarton.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch