Central Otago Awards

2017 Central otago awards

Congratulations to all our finalists and award winners for the 2017 Central Otago Awards.

Winners were announced and community awards were presented at a special ceremony held on Friday, 8th September at the Roxburgh Entertainment Centre.

Read about our award winners and recipients here.

Guest speaker - Sam johnson

At the Awards Ceremony on Friday 8th September, finalists, community award recipients, invited friends, family and special guests had the opportunity to listen to our guest speaker, Sam Johnson.

Sam Johnson is the co-founder of WeVisit and Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury. Most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his work in the international disaster risk community, Sam returned home in 2016 to develop a company that can connect generations and end social isolation in New Zealand.

WeVisit matches a young person to regularly visit elderly, on behalf of families, especially popular with expats and for older people after their spouse passes away. WeVisitors share time and help out with odd jobs around the house like fixing the computer, naming photos and building family trees.

Sam has been previously named a Young New Zealander of the Year, Communicator of the Year and is #17 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealanders list. He is a member of the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership board, Westpac Sustainability Advisory Board and current Secretary of the International Association of Volunteer Effort.