Nominations sought for new youth volunteer awards

Josiah Tualamali'i

Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury and Ashburton Youth Council have launched an awards event to recognise the work of youth volunteers.

And are calling for nominations of deserving youth volunteers from around Mid Canterbury.

The inaugural event was launched this past week to to coincide with Student Volunteer Week.

Manager of Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury Dellwyn Moylan said young people gave their time across a diverse range of roles in the district and the awards are to recognise their inspiring and selfless work.

Volunteering Mid and South Canterbury’s Dellwyn Moylan.

“While there are awards like the council’s community awards and New Zealand Honours, young people are not often nominated due to the length of service required to qualify,” she said.

“It’s exciting to now be able to celebrate the mahi being done by our youth and to recognise the time they are giving to others and their community.”

Ashburton Youth Council 2021 member Janre Lim, head boy at Mt Hutt College and also on the volunteering organisation’s board, has been the driving force behind the new awards and gained plenty of event management planning skills along the way.

“The awards seek to recognise the hard work, community service and dedication of rangatahi within our district.

“These awards acknowledge and honour young people who have made an outstanding positive impact within the community through volunteering,” he said.

Nominations for the awards are open now and will be accepted until May 14.

An evening to present the awards is planned in June.

There are three categories that organisations, workplaces and schools can nominate young people for: community and social service, cultural and environmental, and sport volunteering.

The young person must be aged 25 or under at the time of nomination.

The awards night this year will be an invite-only event due to covid and will feature guest speaker Josiah Tualamali’i, a semi finalist in the Young New Zealander of the Year Award.

Entertainment will be provided by youth from the district.

Nomination forms are available from Community House Mid Canterbury, 44 Cass Street, Ashburton, and Methven iHub, 160 Main Street, Methven, or by emailing