On the 10th April the Trust held an awards ceremony celebrating an amazing group of women in the Canterbury and West Coast community. Westpac was heavily involved in this event, including the tough task of judging the entries.
Westpac actively takes steps to recognise women who deserve commendation including their “Women of Influence’ awards that recognise women who make a difference to everyday New Zealanders’ lives. Thank you to Senior Lending Manager Kim Joy from Westpac who presented the awards.
Our February “Above and Beyond’ campaign highlighted our female crew members Kath and Juliet and the work they both do as members of the air rescue crew. In this campaign we invited members of the community to nominate women they felt deserved to be recognised. We were thrilled to receive an influx of nominations, well over 50. This campaign has raised well over $100,000!
Due to the outstanding calibre of nominations we awarded 5 special commendations to Jen Sands, Melissa Benge, Rachael McCormick, Kate Wright and Allison Nicol.
Overall winners Mary Gardner, Marlene Ingram and Peggy Kelly showed outstanding community spirit, generosity, kindness and an affinity to see people around them succeed. These women exhibit passion, dedication and unwavering support to the people in their communities. The running theme through each entry was just how loved and valued they are as active members of their local communities.
Overall winner of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Above and beyond award was Peggy Kelly. Congratulations again and thank you for the extraordinary work you do.
We want to thank those businesses who supported the event by contributing to the prize packs for our winners, including: Cleaver and Co, JK Wine, Christchurch Gondola, Penny Black Victorian Team Room, Pics Peanut Butter, Spagalimis, Forme Spa,Whittakers, Diner 66, Crowne Plaze, 27 Steps, Raeward Fresh and Love Light Soy Candles.
Thank you again to the women that attended the event and to our volunteers Pam Harrington and Jan Bethel for their continued support. Your commitment to go above and beyond in the community by helping others is inspirational.