Make a nom­i­na­tion for the 2013 Cen­tral Otago Awards

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The time has come to cel­e­brate those who make a dif­fer­ence with en­tries open for the 2013 Cen­tral Otago Awards. The Cen­tral Otago Awards are pre­sented to busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who ex­em­plify a com­mit­ment to mak­ing a dif­fer- ence in the re­gion. Cat­e­gories in­clude busi­ness ex­cel­lence, tourism, com­mu­nity ser­vice, ap­pren­tice and youth. Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil brand man­ager Shirley Howden said the awards, now pre­sented ev­ery two years, were about ‘‘hon­our­ing peo­ple who are com­mit­ted to ac­tively in­te­grat­ing our re­gional val­ues into their ev­ery­day lives’’. ‘‘It is also about show­cas­ing and hon­our­ing ex­cel­lence, in­no­va­tion, big hearts and the amaz­ing con­tri­bu­tion many are mak­ing to Cen­tral Otago,’’ she said. Ms Howden en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to start think­ing about how they can get in­volved by ei­ther nom­i­nat­ing some­one (for the com­mu­nity-ori­ented sec­tions) or ‘‘shoul­der-tap­ping’’ some­one they think should be en­ter­ing the tourism or busi­ness cat­e­gories. For tourism op­er­a­tors and busi­nesses the awards ap­pli­ca­tion process of­fers ‘‘a great op­por­tu­nity to strate­gi­cally re­view and cri­tique their busi­ness and its val­ues’’. The guest speaker at the awards cer­e­mony in Roxburgh on Septem­ber 13 will be New Zealand Break­ers bas­ket­ball team gen­eral man­ager Richard Clarke. En­try forms are avail­able from the World of Dif­fer­ence web­site and close on June 4 .

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