6 November 2017
Gore District Community Awards outstanding success
The Gore District community celebrated the success and contribution of its own at the 11th annual Gore District Community Awards.
About 400 people were at the gala dinner on Friday3 November to support their friends and family.
This year’s awards attracted just under 60 nominees across the 10 categories. A couple of new features this year was the return of the environment award following the generous offer of sponsorship from Mainland Minerals, and the introduction of the Sport Southland Community Coach Award.
Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said it was humbling to see the contribution made by so many in the community, and inspirational to hear of the dedication and success of the District’s young people.
“A community’s strength is its people and we can all be proud of those we acknowledge tonight.”
Each year the community awards brings together people from all sectors of the community and 2017 was no different with nominees ranging in age from an 11-year-old black belt karate kid to volunteers in their 80s.
The Civic Award was jointly won by well-known couple Elaine and Brian Kelly, and Dave Devenport.
Devenport was the instigator of the Eastern Southland Transport for Red Cross. He continues to coordinate this vital service for people needing to get from Gore to medical appointments in Invercargill and Dunedin.
The Kellys epitomise the meaning of community mindedness. They are probably best known for planning the picking, transportation and distribution of free apples around schools, rest homes, families, businesses and anyone else who would like some.
Guest speaker was Sam Johnson, founder of the Student Army after the Christchurch earthquakes.
The full list of this year’s recipients is:
Joint winners: Dave Devenport, and Brian and Elaine Kelly
MAINLAND MINERALS ENVIRONMENT AWARD
Winner: Pomahaka Watercare Group Incorporated
Runner-up: Gore Pakeke Lions
ANDERSON LLOYD CONTRIBUTION TO ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD
Winner: Peter Cairns
Runner-up: Debbie Smith
MLT SERVICES TO SPORT AWARD
Dianne Dickens - netball
EASTERN SOUTHLAND JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON AWARD
Andrew Allan - athletics
SPORT SOUTHLAND COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner: Phoebe Miller - gymnastics
Runner-up: Aron Miller - wrestling
GORE MUSICAL THEATRE EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST AWARD
Joint winners: Jakob Savigny and Sarah Muldoon
THE ENSIGN / GORETAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Winner: Country Living
People’s Choice: The Merino Story
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF GORE WOMAN OF THE YEAR
JD SOUNESS YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
Josh Highsted and Isaac Borgman