Lavinia Nuku says she will begin university next year with the principles learnt in Girls’ Brigade close to her heart.
The Tawa College year 13 student received the Young Leader’s Trophy and her Brigader Brooch from her company on Monday night, their last meeting of 2012.
The latter honour is the highest national award for Girls’ Brigade members and recognises her sterling service to the organisation since she began attending 11 years ago.
The head of the Tawa company, Leanne Bridge, says she owes Lavinia her own special thanks.
‘‘I’m quite new to this group so have leaned on Lavinia a lot. She’s great with everyone and a real leader here, it’s a big loss not having her next year. She is absolutely fantastic.’’
Lavinia says she was pushed to attend as a 7-year-old by her mother but grew to love the Monday night get- togethers at Tawa Union Church and the camps.
‘‘It’s great for meeting new people and we have a lot of fun. ‘‘You learn a lot of different things.’’ Activities have included crafts, learning to ride a unicycle, karate, visiting Longview Rest Home and tenpin bowling.
The Girls’ Brigade’s philosophies are built around service to the community and are linked to the Christian faith, although it is interdenominational.
The 4th Tawa Girls’ Brigade Company started up earlier this year after a period of non-activity.
Losing a leader: The 4th Tawa Girls’ Brigade Company will be losing Lavinia Nuku, who is off to study medicine in Auckland in 2013 after 11 years in the brigade.