Pillars Aotearoa won Mitre10 Community of the Year in the 2019 New Zealander of the Year Awards.
“This was such a great endorsement of our work” said Verna McFelin, Chief Executive of Pillars, “and an acknowledgement of all the hard work put in by our staff, mentors and volunteers”.
Verna accepted the award from the Chief Executive of Mitre 10, Neil Cowie.
Pillars had a group of supporters at the New Zealander of the Year event and Verna said it was a real thrill for all the team when Pillars was named as the winner of the section.
“It was even more exciting when one of our mentors was named as Young New Zealander of the Year and the fact that Pillars has a strong relationship with Mike King who won New Zealander of the Year, Verna said.
Pillars had been named as a finalist in the Community of the Year section several weeks earlier along with Kaibosh Food Rescue, Wellington and Kiwi Coast, Northland. In 2018, Pillars had also been a finalist in this section.
The Mitre 10 Community of the Year Award provides an opportunity for regional or national groups and organisations to be recognised for their achievements and contributions to their community. The groups must demonstrate a strong sense of community spirit and play a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, cultural or environmental prosperity of their region.
Verna says that Pillars undoubtably makes a huge contribution to the wellbeing of the community through the programmes offered to family and whanau.
“To have this recognition through the Mitre 10 Community of the Year has really encouraged everyone at Pillars”, Verna said.