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The Nan Evans Award

This annual award, named in honour of Nan Evans who was the founding member of Tairawhiti Community Voice (formerly known as GISCOSS) and a great advocate of community development, is aimed to recognize leadership, voluntary involvement, generosity and/or efforts that help strengthen our community.

Nan Evans was a huge community person.

Founding member of GISCOSS (Now TCV) she was the chair, secretary and Treasurer. Prior to her passing, she was a remedial reader, helping children with reading difficulties. She would even spend her own money on books so the children had something to read.

After Nan Evans passed away, her husband Ray wanted to remember her in the way that she was a community person. To reflect on her life as a volunteer. So he decided to start the Nan Evans Award.

  • Judy Livingston was the first-ever recipient of the award in 2008.

  • Stewart Herries 2009 nominated by Kay Beck of St John. Volunteered for St John Ambulance every Tuesday night for 26 years. Calculated 14,224 hours of volunteering.

  • Shirley Robertson 2010 nominated by Alison Crawford for her work with Palliative Care. Click here for Gisborne Herald Article

  • Audrey Pratt 2011

  • Zillah Smith 2012 nominated by Hospice Tairawhiti. Click here for Gisborne Heard Article

  • Bargo Te Purei 2013 (Te Araroa) nominated by Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society

  • Nona Aston 2014 nominated by Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society

  • 2015 had no nominations

  • 2016 Flag the Bag Tairawhiti Team collected by Nicky Solomon nominated by Leslynne Jackson

  • 2017 Barbara and Wes Baillie nominated by Robyn Stuart-Kohn  Citizens Advice Bureau. Between them, Barbara and Wes have volunteered for 28 years at CAB. Both have served on the Board and held the position of Chairperson. We have dedicated many hours to ensure the smooth running of our information technology and has been on call for any IT emergencies. Both have committed many hours to the Bureau in those years.

  • 2018 Ray Stevenson nominated by St John

  • 2019 Betty Thompson nominated by Diane Larson of Arohaina Centre. Betty has been volunteering at Arohaina Centre for 20 years and in that time she has become a important part of the centre, she is well loved and respected for the love and care she brings to the centre each week. She brings her home baking on the Tuesday she comes in, even if she is unable to make it she arrives with cakes to put in the freezer. Betty also helps prepare lunch meals each week. When Arohaina has special meals Betty supplies beautiful puddings, pavlovas. apple slice, chocolate gateau just to name a few.                                                                                                                                   Betty for all the 20 years was well supported by her late husband Dick and we wish to recognise him in this nomination. Dick and Betty would come every Thursday to collect our pig scraps and dispose of them for us. Come the summer months were they were also responsible for our trailer load of squash each year that we stored for Arohaina but we also distributed out in the community to our elderly living in there own homes.                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is a blessing to have had these two wonderful people be part of Arohaina Centre and we hope to have Betty as a part of us for many more years to come.

Interested in Nominating?

Tairawhiti Community Voice presents the Nan Evans Award for 'Strength of Spirit and Dedicated Work for Your Community.'

Nominations are currently closed for this special award that is intended to acknowledge voluntary action, teamwork and inspirational leadership, or those with persisant determination to see our communities social needs are being addressed and that shared goals are being realised.

The recipient of the award is selected by the Tairawhiti Community Voice Executive committee members who will present it at the TCV Annual General Meeting.

Terms and conditions:

  • Only financial members of our network can make nominations

  • The person nominated must do volunteer work which is done of one's own free will, unpaid, for the benefit of others. They can be in paid work as well but must be considered to go the extra mile and contribute to the community above and beyond of whats expected in thier role.

  • The award is given in the spirit of GISCOSS and has to stay within the organisation

  • If a group is nominated, one certificate is presented to the group.

  • The TCv Executive Officers will consider each nomination and vote for the Nan Evans award winner.

  • Please be aware that all information contained in your nomination form may be used for publicity.

  • Judges decision will be final