Christy Nicholls is all smiles after being presented with
her Queen's Award certificate by Janine, Lady Mateparae,
wife of the Governor-General. Photo supplied.
Two years of hard work and determination has paid off for
University of Otago student Christy Nicholls, who has received
the Girls' Brigade's Queen's Award from the Governor-General's
wife Janine, Lady Mateparae.
Miss Nicholls (20) was one of only four New Zealand women to
receive the certificate, presented at a special dinner
function at Government House in Wellington recently. The
award scheme is open to women aged between 15 and 25, and
recognises qualities of leadership, dedication and excellence
in areas of community life.
The two-year programme involves six months' voluntary
community service, brigade and church involvement, as well as
attendance at a national assessment weekend.
''It was a lot of work, so it was fantastic to be recognised
after two years,'' she said.
Miss Nicholls spent six months volunteering at the Dunedin
Public Library, as well as organising a pyjama party and
themed dinner for the Girls' Brigade.
''Working at the library was really cool.
''I got to work on all the different levels of the library
and everybody there was very nice.''
Although tough, the experience was rewarding in itself, she
''It was really good just giving things a go and going out
there and enjoying whatever was thrown at me.
''I would say to others just to go for it.
''It's a challenge but also a lot of fun.''
Girls' Brigade New Zealand administrative director Elizabeth
Dickens said the ceremony in Wellington was rewarding for the
''It is really special for them.
''They work really hard for two years so it's just a great
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