Awards celebrate the best of Selwyn

by Anonymous Author

A Rolleston youth worker has taken out the inaugural People’s Choice honour at the 2018 Selwyn Awards.

Courtney Forrest, from the Youth South West Trust (Hope Trust), won the award, which was voted on by Selwyn residents.

It was the first time a People’s Choice award had been included in the biennial awards.

Mr Forrest was one of 10 Selwyn businesses, groups and individuals who were recognised for their excellence in front of more than 330 people at the Selwyn Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Lincoln Event Centre on Saturday evening.

Nearly 2,400 votes were cast for the People’s Choice Award, which was introduced for the first time this year.

Mayor Sam Broughton said it was great to see the community supporting local people working for the good of Selwyn.

“We have so many amazing people in Selwyn giving up their time to help others, building thriving businesses, which support our district’s economy and working to improve our environment and community wellbeing.”

After volunteering as a youth worker, Courtney Forrest moved to a full-time paid role with the Youth South West Trust (Hope Trust) and is now a full-time youth worker and team leader for Rolleston School and Rolleston College.

According to the judges — “from 2012 to 2017, Courtney developed the youth programme in Rolleston, to a level, which required additional professional youth workers and community volunteers.

In 2018 he developed infrastructure for greater expansion within Rolleston and wider Selwyn.”

Other winners on the night were: Arts, Culture and Heritage: Church Property Trustees; Community Services: Chris Allen; Environmental: Lesley Barlow and Stephen Clarke; Innovation Excellence: Plastic Straws Suck; Large Business: Eurofins ELS; Small Business: Busy Bumbles; Sport: Selwyn Sports Trust; Tourism: Hororata Night Glow; Young Achiever: Caelan Thomas.