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Nominations open for Nelson Tasman TrustPower Community Awards

May 7th, 2011
[TDC press release]

The once a year opportunity to celebrate and recognise local volunteers has arrived, with nominations now open for the TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards.

The awards, which are run in conjunction with Tasman District and Nelson City Councils, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make the Nelson Tasman region a better place to live.

Since the TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards began in 2000 more than $55,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $6,500 is up for grabs.

“Every year when I see the groups and organisations who are nominated for the TrustPower Community Awards I am proud of the dedication and support that volunteers give to the Nelson Tasman region. These groups deserve recognition for the work they do in our communities and the awards are a fitting tribute to the thousands of volunteers who tirelessly and willingly give their time,” says Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

Anyone can nominate a voluntary group for the Awards – groups can even nominate themselves. Last year 116 nominations were received for the TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards.

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Pip Tschudin says it is estimated that more than 1.2 million New Zealanders are involved in voluntary work and that deserves recognition.

“The Nelson Tasman region is a leader in terms of the number of people who volunteer and the creative, community-driven, volunteer-run initiatives that are underway right throughout the District. This unpaid work keeps the Nelson Tasman region vibrant and thriving and the TrustPower Community Awards offers an opportunity to ensure these voluntary groups and organisations get the recognition they deserve.

“Nominating a group for the TrustPower Community Awards will take just five minutes of your time but will make a very real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Mrs Tschudin.

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the Supreme Winner will take home $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the TrustPower National Community Awards, being held in March 2012.

Nomination Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Tasman District Council office and service centres or by calling Pip Tschudin at TrustPower on 0800 871 111 extension 0. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the TrustPower website or can be completed online at Nominations close on Friday 15 July.


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