Christchurch Bronze and Silver Award Ceremony

On 1 September 2016 Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel presented The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards to 23 recipients in front of parents and school principals. The Mayor has been the Patron for the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award in Christchurch since early 2015 … a role she loves as it has given her the opportunity to see first-hand the many benefits of the award.

The recipients were from eight different schools throughout Christchurch namely, Aranui High School, Catholic Cathedral College, Canterbury Home Educators(Home School), Ellesmere College, Linwood College, Marian College, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and St Andrew’s College. Over the past two years all recipients have worked with the Joshua Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit in Christchurch.

The Mayor acknowledged the recipients’ success in completing the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award, and said this was an outstanding accomplishment for our young Cantabrians.

"I congratulate each of the recipients for this wonderful achievement. I encourage you all to wear your Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award pin badge with pride, as a well-deserved recognition for this special accomplishment. This award shows you have the ability to do whatever you set your mind to … whether that be academically, on the sports field, or in our community."

The Mayor also thanked Chris Allan from the Joshua Foundation for giving up this time to support the community, in particular the younger generation. She said that Mr Allan has a real passion for the young people in Christchurch and is helping to develop resilient young leaders in the face of adversity.

Click here to read the article in The Christchurch Mail. 

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