Shar­ing life lessons with stu­dents

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

The Cen­tral Lakes Trust chair­man, who is step­ping down af­ter nine years, im­parted some wise words to the re­gion’s stu­dents. Sir Eion Edgar awarded 42 stu­dents ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ships in Cromwell on Mon­day, val­ued at $2500 each. ‘‘It is a very ex­cit­ing day. Over my nine years in­volve­ment this is one . . . of the most en­joy­able jobs I have ever had the priv­i­lege to be in­volved with. We have dou­bled the value of the trust and given out $60 mil­lion. ‘‘It makes you feel very sat­is­fied and it is a won­der­ful as­set to the com­mu­nity but now it is the end of the golden weather.’’ Be­sides Sir Edgar, the deputy Graeme Bell is also step­ping down as the two had served three terms on the trust, the max­i­mum time the po­si­tions can be held. He told the stu­dents that through life he had learned a few rules and lessons, some of which in­cluded: Find­ing an en­joy­able and re­ward­ing ca­reer; the harder you work the luck­ier you get; re­spect your par­ents and guardians; keep in touch with school friends; and that thank you is easy to say and also greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Since 2007, schol­ar­ships had been awarded to 197 re­cip­i­ents, he said.

Photo: JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN 628543143

Front row: El­liot Steven, Jess Bai­ley, Is­abella Craw­ford, Molly Stevens, Elysia Shet­tler, Ruby-Mae Bain, Laura McLaugh­lan, Han­nah Ger­rard, Kathryn Bell, Jay­din Aburn. Sec­ond row: Meghan Scan­lan, Ruby Neutze, Chantelle Blake­ley, Mad­di­son Skeggs, Sa­man­tha Drum­mond, Made­line van Wichen, Laura Lau­ren­son, Bella Grant, Ash­ley Wil­son, James Bot­ting. Third row: Finn Moore, Michael Fo­ley, Brid­get Kirk, Leroy Bird, Annabel Camp­bell, Matt En­right, Rhian Ward, Tom Ped­of­sky, Matthias Schorer. Back row: Ni­cola Whe­lan-Hen­der­son, Ella Fer­gu­son, Jamie Bowley, Bai­ley Mas­ters, David Bor­rie, Dy­lan Hoskins, Jamie Hume, Ash­ley Sim, An­drew Urquhart.

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