BMG Good Sorts
Celebrate the Good Sorts who are living and working tirelessly within our Nelson Tasman Region.
The Bowater Motor Group and the Nelson Mail are working together to bring attention to those that really go the extra mile for the benefit of the community around them. The unsung heros. The hard working, behind the scenes, kind of people that are in it for the results, not the recognition.
Now it is our chance to collectively recognise the great work these kind people do for us all by nominating them to be our monthly BMG Good Sort!
We are calling for you to nominate your Good Sorts - whether it be your sports coach, team fundraisers, carers, volunteers, charity workers, teachers or even your helpful neighbour.
Whoever they are, they are a Good Sort and we want to join with you and celebrate their effort and contribution to our community.
Every month we will choose and profile Nelson Tasman's Good Sort of the month. A proverbial tip of the hat to them, and they will also receive a $200 Voucher to go out and have a great meal on us, as well as go into the draw for one Good Sort in 2014 to head away for a great night away to rest, unwind and let others take care of them for a change.
You can nominate your good sort by clicking here to go to the Nelson Mail page, fill out the short form, and your vote is cast!
April BMG Good Sorts winner, Heather Walker, has had a very busy last couple of month's since we caught up with her. The Nelson Giants, for whom she is a volunteer, has had a massive season, not only getting to the semi finals, but also having to deal with the disruption of life out of their "normal" home, the Trafalgar Centre.
Heather was singled out at the recent post season celebration and headed up infront of everyone along with 4 of the other volunteers to be presented with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for all of the hard work and dedication to the team, and the wider organisation.
Good on her we say - she is an awesome lady, and so humble with all of the extra efforts she puts in across many different community groups as well as the Nelson Giants.
We were very happy to receive an email, and a photo, from her recently thanking us for the $200 Dinner Voucher. This is the awesomeness of the lady that she is - not only did she have the gratitude to send us a thankyou, but she also had the forethought to take a photo of them out enjoying the voucher so we could share it with everyone. So thoughtful of her, and yet another example of the kind way in which she thinks.
This month we are excited and pleased to present a hard working local with another round of the BMG Good Sorts award.
Milo Coldren volunteers hours of his time to help the youth of Nelson.
He runs the TS Talisman Sea Cadet Unit. This takes him away from his wife and 2 small children, sometimes 2 evenings a week and weekends.
The youths learn to sail, shoot and attain a great sense of self-discipline.
He judges the kids well and knows how to encourage, when to stand back and let them learn, and when to bring in outside help. He is helping create all-round contributing citizens.
The Unit started small with 6 cadets and in debt (after fire almost ended the unit). They are now close to 40 cadets, and are doing well, winning last year’s national regatta.
Over the coming weeks we will track down Milo for a chat about his work with the Sea Cadets, and present him with his $200 restaurant voucher.
Bowater Toyota CEO Tony Bowater presents Heather Walker with her BMG Good Sorts Dinner Voucher at the new home of the Fico Finance Nelson Giants.
The winner of April's BMG Good Sorts, Heather Walker, is a through and through Good Sort. One of those understated individuals that is in it for all of the right reasons - to just help people. A true community minded person that really does not relish being in the spotlight for what she considers as just "doing her bit". All in all we can honestly say that she is a giant in the community.
Heather is also a giant behind the scenes of a group of athletes we have a deep connection with, another of our very own special community interests, the Fico Finance Nelson Giants. As you can see by the giant Giants poster displayed on the back of the new Bowater Toyota Parts Van the team at Bowater Toyota are also pretty passionate about the Giants.
Heather has been a Giant's volunteer for over 5 years and tirelessly works away behind the scenes. She loves the team and is a well respected part of the organisation. She is passionate about basketball and also works a lot with children and adults that have disabilities by bringing basketball into their lives. It is for this that she was nominated by a close member of the community. You can see the nomination article by clicking here.
Heather was a bit surprised to win this award, with her saying when we caught up with her "you just keep doing what you do, and you don't expect these things".
Well Heather, you ought to expect these things sometimes as one good turn deserves another as they say. The Bowater Motor Group are pleased to be able to offer up this recognition to those in our community doing good work, those that dedicate themselves to a cause without desire for praise or financial kickbacks, those people in the background like Heather.