Congratulations to Richard Norman, who was this week presented with the award for Canterbury Civic Champion for 2017. The Award was presented on Tuesday by Ptolemy Dean, President of the Canterbury Society, at the AGM of the Society.
Jan Pahl, Chair of the Canterbury Society, said,
‘The judges chose Richard Norman as this year’s award-winner because of all that he has done over the years to enhance the quality of life in Canterbury and to foster community participation. His engagement with many different aspects of community life has been outstanding, from playing a leading role in the Campaign for Democracy in the Canterbury District to continuing involvement with the North Canterbury Forum of Residents’ Associations and with the St Michael’s Road Area Residents’ Association. He has highlighted the issue of Fair Trade in the city, and shared ideas about humanism and democracy, as well as being an energetic member of many litter picking projects’.
The Canterbury Society Civic Champion Award is presented every alternate year. The aim of the Award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to life in Canterbury and specifically to heritage and conservation, the local community and the civic movement.
In deciding who should get the Award, the judging panel looks for evidence of contribution to preserving and/or promoting the local built environment, community participation and engagement, and promoting pride of place.
Previous Awards have been given to Sian Pettman, for her successful initiative to save Kingsmead Field as an open space for the people of Canterbury, and to Imogen Morizet, for her leadership of the team which rescued the Westgate Hall from being demolished. The Canterbury Society is proud to have been able to present awards to three people, all of whom have made important contributions to the quality of life in our city