A photo of the 2016 STAR award winners

Congratulations to our 2016 STAR award winners

The 2016 STAR Awards was a night to celebrate our star staff and volunteers. Each of the finalists epitomise what being a STAR means, contributing in an extraordinary way to the success and culture of the Blind Foundation.

The event held at the Parnell Blind Foundation Recreation centre in Auckland was a night packed full of entertainment and celebration.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of talented musician and Blind Foundation client Jono Heaps. His incredible voice and keyboard skills filled the room throughout the night.

The guest speaker, Neelu Memon inspired us all to live a “life without limits.” Neelu has competed at the World Paracycling Champs in France, climbed Mount Aspiring, and completed the Coast to Coast, to name a few. Neelu still continues to throw herself into amazing challenges; she says “that with the support, anything is achievable!”

Here is the list of the 2016 winners.  Please show your support when you next run in to them!

Champion: Julie Woods

Julie takes every opportunity to spread the word about blindness and our work. Last year she spearheaded the Otago Rail Trail fundraiser. Julie’s impact on others and the Blind Foundation is broad and extremely positive.

Client Care: Paulette Adsett

Paulette has a drive to make a difference and provide the best for all her clients. In 2014 Paulette took a leading role in organising to get her client to Space Camp in the United States.

Customer Service: Saba Howell

Saba consistently displays the highest levels of customer service, always putting in 120%! She has an ability to say ‘yes’ to everything and deliver on it and does it exceptionally well.

Innovation and Improvement: Chris Pigott

Chris led the launch of our first mobile application for the delivery of library services. He has created a legacy and has instilled a belief that we can be agile, flexible and innovative for the betterment of our clients.

Living our values: Pat Boyle

Pat is always positive, willing to help and go the extra mile. He promotes a positive image of the Blind Foundation in his dealings with clients, volunteers and the wider community.

Role model/leader: Mark Gear

A natural leader, Mark is someone his team can turn to and ask for advice or direction. He is forward focused and always striving to improve upon the delivery and service of the children’s team.

Top Team: National Administration Team

Their job is often unpredictable as they support everyone in their office, yet no matter how many multiple demands they have in any one hour or day, their response to a new request is always positive and helpful.

Volunteer Recognition: Neill McKenzie

Neil has provided exemplary support to countless the blind community since the early 1980s. The support Neil has provided has made a huge difference to the lives of many people.

Chief Executive Officer Sandra Budd says, “the evening was a very special night enjoyed by all. It is great to see the talents and success shared across our organisation. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.”

Congratulations to all the finalists, and especially the winners for each of the categories, well done to all.