Cora Wilding Memorial Award
Learn to sail, become a skydive instructor or even learn to fly a plane - whatever your personal goals are, this is your opportunity to get out there and do it.
The Cora Wilding Memorial Award is all about helping people reach their goals. The Award provides the opportunity for someone to participate in a personal development training course of their choice.
The award was established to perpetuate the memory of Cora Wilding, the founder of the Association. It comprises a substantial subsidy (up to $2500) towards the cost of participation in a personal development training course, for a maximum of two individuals in any year. It also includes a one year subscription-free membership to YHA New Zealand.
Applications will open again in March 2014
This year the Award went to two people.
Marleen Baling of Auckland
Marleen plans to attend the Australasian Wildlife Management Conference that will be held in Palmerston North in November this year. This conference will review the many innovations and research advances in Australasian Wildlife reintroduction biology, that have been made over the last 20 years.
The Australasian Wildlife Management Society promotes the use of science to identify appropriate wildlife management principles and practices to develop plans of management. Marleen has been actively involved with at least 17 wildlife reintroductions (native birds and reptiles) particularly in the Auckland Region. This has mainly been volunteer work, either as as an organiser or a participant. She is very passionate about science and has been a strong advocate in promoting science for education and restoration management.
Marleen was granted $1000 to cover the cost of conference registration, travel and accommodation.
Elise Janssen of Auckland
Elise wants to attend the Outward Bound School Leaders course in January 2014. She was granted $1600 towards the cost of this programme and still needs to fundraise the remainder of her fee (another $2000). If you would like to help Elise reach this goal, please get in touch with YHA and we will pass on your contact details to her.
Elise is currently a Year 12 student at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart. She is a Class Representative/Captain and is also part of the Social Services Committee. She coaches the Year 9 Netball team and also the Year 7/8 Water Polo team. The skills and values learned will be shared immediately through her coaching and activities and she hopes will be used next year when she is in Year 13.
Elise was encouraged by the Dean of her School to attend this Outward Bound programme. The course has a unique focus on gaining the leadership skills required for active involvement and success in Year 13 leadership and making a positive contribution to society.
2012 - Chapman Kutia from Gisborne
Chapman Kutia was awarded the grant in 2012 to attend the Mind Body & Soul course at Outward Board. In December we received the following letter from him.
It’s me Chapman!! I have actually arrived to start my 21 day adventure in the Marlborough Sounds with Outward Bound.
On my list of things to do was this note of thanks to the Cora Wilding Memorial Awards Committee. Your generous award was a significant amount and I am truly grateful that you have supported me to attend this amazing place!!
With your help I have been able to come here to challenge myself and open my eyes to another world. I have a pretty jam packed few weeks coming up but it’s all good!
I will be home just in time for Christmas, so I would like to wish each of you and your respective whanau an awesome Christmas and holiday time, with plenty of time to relax and chill out.
So once again, thanks a whole lot for contributing towards this opportunity, I am really grateful.
Nga mihi nui - Chapman
2011 - Scott Dunn
Scott is 16 years old and has been chosen by his school as an exchange student to Finland. The Awards Committee was particularly impressed with the hard work Scott had already put into fundraising towards the total costs of the exchange. They were delighted to award him the full $2500 that is the Cora Wilding Memorial Award, believing that his exchange aligns well with YHA's emphasis on youth travel and learning.
Scott is now in Finland and enjoying all the new experience that this opportunity is making available. We were delighted to receive a letter from Scott shortly after arriving in Finland, here's what he had to say:
I feel very honoured and grateful to receive The Cora Wilding Award. I’m sure there were many deserving applicants, and thank you very much as I am in Finland realising my dream as an exchange student. Even though my family is very supportive, we could not have financed this exchange ourselves so we are very grateful for your contribution.
I arrived on the 2th of August after two days flying. I stopped off in Sydney, then again in Abu Dhabi, next stop over was in Frankfurt which is the biggest Airport in the world I think. I had to take a train to my next flight and then to Helsinki Finland.
I stayed the night in Helsinki with Y.U.F coordinators, then all the other exchange students arrived the next day. We all then went on an orientation camp for three days in Anjalankoskia, where we learnt what to expect as an exchange student and about Finland.
After camp all the hosts arrived to pick up the exchange students. We left to start our exchanges in the places we will be living for the next eleven months.
I am in Mikkeli with my host Father Mauno we are getting on well. I have two host sisters and a host brother. This week I have met with my teachers at my new school and had a look around my new city.
I will write again and let you know how everything is going, thank you again so much.
In 2010 this Award was granted to two people who both used their award to pay for tertiary study in 2011.
Michelle is using her award to fund her first year of study for a Diploma in Counselling. Michelle volunteers for Victim Support and the skills she will gain from this diploma will be applied immediately to assist the people she comes into contact with as a Support Worker
Catherine has put her award towards the fees for a Postgraduate Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting. This course focuses on improving practical skills, with a strong focus on developing skills for interpreting in medical, legal, and educational settings. The better she is able to interpret the better access to information and services her clients will have.
Megan Hills, a 16 year old from New Plymouth, used her award to attend the Body, Mind and Soul course run by Outward Bound.