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Plaque recognises city support

Plaque Recognises City Support

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L to R - NSCC Chief Executive, John Brockies; North Harbour Club General Manager, Ross Finlayson; Mayor Andrew Williams and North Harbour Club President Peter Wall.

Plaque recognises city support
July 24, 2008

North Harbour Club, a charitable organisation which sets out to reward excellence in the city’s young people, presented a plaque to North Shore City’s Mayor and Chief Executive last night in recognition of Council’s ongoing support.

Since 2006 North Shore City Council (NSCC) has donated $10,000 annually to the club’s Arts, IT & Science, Music Education, Sport and Service (AIMES) Awards. The awards, eligible to people aged 13 to 25 years, began in 2005 with Council’s contribution starting a year later funding the new “Service to the Community” category.

North Harbour Club General Manager, Ross Finlayson, said council’s donation along with 25 other generous donations from city supporters has enabled the charitable trust to recognise and support outstanding young achievers on the shore.

AIMES 2006 Service to the Community recipient was paralympian and youth ambassador, Cameron Calkoen, while last year’s recipient was Loren O’Sullivan, who not only excelled academically at Carmel College, but was heavily involved in community and national awareness groups as well as youth affairs.

“The Club has been able to provide these outstanding individuals with substantial sums of money which in some instances gives them a wonderful kick start and in other instances allows them to further educate themselves elsewhere in the world.”

“North Shore City Council is one of many supporters who have been very generous and the Club wishes to formally acknowledge this support.”

Mayor Andrew Williams says that over the last 12 years the North Harbour Club has put in excess of $800,000 into the community to support young people who are young achievers and who have shone out as being really focused on maximising their abilities.

"I have met quite a number of these people who have received AIMES awards and they are truly exceptional. The AIMES Awards recognise and nurture the whole concept of rewarding those who really aspire to doing the best they can with the talent they have in a whole range of areas including the arts, IT and science, music, education, sport and service.

‘’Many of these young people could quite easily be future leaders - not only in New Zealand but anywhere in the world."

Nominations for the 2008 AIMES awards close on July 25. The awards evening will be held on November 1.


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