Champion Canterbury Awards

The YMCA has served the community for 154 years and counting, and we are very proud of our staff, volunteers and the millions of ways they are building strong people, strong families and strong communities.

This month the 2016 Champion Canterbury Award Finalists were announced and YMCA Christchurch was named as one of three finalists in the Medium/Large Charity section, in anticipation of the awards function on 21 September at the Horncastle Arena.

Champion Canterbury chairman Peter Townsend said the 150 plus entries reflected the diversity of the region’s business scene. “The high calibre of the finalists across all categories reflects the fact that the Canterbury economy is a microcosm of the total NZ economy and we don’t just rely on one sector.” Director Leeann Watson said the finalists had been chosen because they represented “best practice, aspiration and ambition” in their fields. (The Press, August 11th 2016).

CEO of the YMCA Josie Ogden Schroeder is very humbled and proud to see the YMCA’s name among the finalists. “I think it is a great opportunity to celebrate the social sector more broadly. The other finalists, Christchurch City Mission and the Laura Fergusson Trust are doing amazing work with people in our community also. Overall, I think the social sector deserves recognition for the immense work they do, often with minimal resources and different financial and governance challenges to the corporate sector. I am utterly delighted whoever the winner is, as our fellow finalists are amazing contributors to strengthening and supporting people and families, which is what the YMCA is all about.”

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