Best of Cen­tral peo­ple awarded

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The win­ners and com­mu­nity re­cip­i­ents of the bi­en­nial Cen­tral Otago Awards were an­nounced on Fri­day at a cer­e­mony in Roxburgh

Mayor Tim Cado­gan said the win­ners were ’’truly out­stand­ing peo­ple who give freely of their time and en­ergy to make re­mark­able and in­spir­ing con­tri­bu­tions that cre­ate a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties’’.

Year 13 Dun­stan High School stu­dent James Suther­land won the Youth Award af­ter im­press­ing the judges with his in­flu­en­tial lead­er­ship, and his com­mit­ment to con­trib­ute to a di­ver­sity of com­mu­nity and youth ac­tiv­i­ties that ben­e­fit oth­ers.

He is on the na­tional board of Sticks ‘n Stones, a found­ing mem­ber of the re­formed Cen­tral Otago Youth Coun­cil, a se­nior leader and trea­surer on the Otago Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust and a Young Na­tional party rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Hor­ti­cul­tural ap­pren­tice Luke Bot­triell won the Ap­pren­tice Award for Over­all Ex­cel­lence.

With no pre­vi­ous knowl­edge or ex­pe­ri­ence in the hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try, Luke has fast-tracked his ca­reer with Hin­ton Or­chard as an or­chard su­per­vi­sor, through for­ward think­ing, en­thu­si­asm and an ex­cel­lent work ethic.

Ap­pren­tice builder Dave Ewan was highly com­mended in the same cat­e­gory.

Man­iototo Cafe man­ager Mor­gan Grundy won the Young Pro­fes­sional Award for her out­stand­ing busi­ness ex­per­tise and lead­er­ship skills that added value to Cen­tral Otago’s busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ment.

The judges were hugely im­pressed by her achieve­ments and abil­i­ties in shap­ing a suc­cess­ful busi­ness that de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent food matched by ex­cep­tional cus­tomer ser­vice.

The Real Dog Company won the Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Award. Own­ers Rose and Nigel Voice had cre­ated a strong, two-pronged busi­ness model; of­fer­ing mem­o­rable sled-dog ad­ven­ture ex­pe­ri­ences, and man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing first-class dog equip­ment.

Cromwell-based Gary Anderson Solutions for Sound and Vi­sion was highly com­mended in the Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Award cat­e­gory.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Awards were also pre­sented to Carol Haig, Heather McPher­son, Rod Peirce, Judy El­liott Hall and Va­lerie Smith, of Naseby.

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Cen­tral Otago Young Pro­fes­sional Award win­ner Mor­gan Grundy, of Ran­furly.

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