24 June 2016
Community Action Award
Aiyana Manson-King, Cholmondeley Junior Leader and volunteer, was named as runner-up in the Community Action Award category of the Canterbury Youth Awards on 24 June.
Organised by Youth Voice Canterbury, the inaugural Canterbury Youth Awards 2016 celebrated young people making a difference in their communities. Cholmondeley Junior Leader and volunteer, Aiyana Manson-King, was one of those awesome young people recognised; named as runner-up in the Community Action Award category.
The Community Action Award has also been dubbed the "Giving Youth a Good Name Award" as it acknowledges a young person who actively gets involved and commits their time and energy to volunteering; helping make a positive difference in their communities.
Aiyana attended Cholmondeley when she was younger, and is now a powerful mentor and positive role model for other children who stay here.
Besides the work she does at Cholmondeley with children (and her school work!) Aiyana also volunteers as an executive member of the Christchurch Youth Council, striving to represent communities and identifying their needs.
Aiyana understands the fact that Cholmondeley "is a place for children to come and just have fun" and says this is what makes her time volunteering here so enjoyable, as she gets to enjoy the experience of "being a kid again".
We're fortunate to have Aiyana working with us to ensure all the children who stay here feel safe, and have heaps of fun. Her first-hand experience, and genuine care for the children make her a valuable asset to our team of volunteers. Congratulations, Aiyana, on this much deserved accolade!