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