I love people and I believe in what these organisations I am affiliated with do for people.
The Award was presented at the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards on Tuesday 16 July at the Timaru District Council, council chambers.
Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards, the TrustPower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Timaru District Council.
Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The finalists for this Award are Sam Dunn from Timaru Boys High School and Kourtney Rogers from Craighead Diocesan School.
To be considered for the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and been a good ambassador for the school and the Timaru region.
TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Natalie is a very generous young lady who selflessly commits herself to a variety of projects at her school and in the community.
“Natalie volunteers her time and energy to a number of groups and projects at her school including the school council, she is a peer support leader and she does buddy reading with a special needs student. She is also the Worldvision ambassador for Mountainview High School and in this role they raised an impressive $6064 for this charity.
“Out in the community this caring young lady is a leader of a youth group, has completed significant fundraising for Canteen and she gives up a lot of her time to support younger children and families with cancer and special needs children.
“In her essay Natalie explained that her motivation is simple “I love people and I believe in what these organisations I am affiliated with do for people.” This remarkable young lady who gives so much back works away under the radar so it is wonderful to acknowledge these achievements here tonight,” says Miss Somerville.
Natalie’s school commends her positive approach to everything she undertakes and that she is a respected leader with a strong sense of social responsibility.
For winning the Award Natalie will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of her choice.