The first ever Volunteer Community Awards meant a memorable night for many of the region’s hard-working volunteer groups.
A partnership between Volunteer Marlborough and Marlborough District Council, the awards recognise voluntary groups who make a valuable contribution to the Marlborough community.
In presenting the awards mayor John Leggett congratulated all those nominated and those who received awards.
“Volunteer organisations do fantastic work in our community, across an amazing number of clubs, organisations and causes – these awards recognise that work,” he says.
Twenty-three nominations were received, giving the judging panel had the tough task of selecting a winner and runner up for each of the four award categories.
In choosing each of the winners, the panel took into consideration the effectiveness of the activity, programme or service, the impact on the community, the volunteer input and the number of people who benefit.
The winners and runner up of the awards are as follows:
Arts, Culture & Heritage: Marlborough Civic Orchestra (Winner), Picton Maritime Festival Trust (Runner Up)
Community/Social Services: Selmes Garden Trust (Winner), Marlborough Hospice Trust (Runner Up), LandSAR Marlborough (Commendation)
Sport & Recreation: Marlborough Touch – Junior (Winner), Hockey Marlborough (Runner Up)
Child/Youth Development: Graeme Dingle Foundation (Winner Equal) Marlborough Youth Trust (Winner Equal)
Community Star Award: Bryan Strong