Calling for Nominations

Alumni Leader of the Year

The Alumni Leader of the Year 2021 will recognise a CELF alumni for their outstanding leadership in the Waikato. 

This year's Leader of the Year Award will be announced and presented as part of Leadership Week at the CELF Class of 2021 Graduation on Friday 26 November.

This Award recognises the positive impact and contribution they have had on their own organisation and community, exemplifying the mission and values of CELF.

  • Nominees must be CELF Elevate alumni
  • Anyone may submit nominations for the award
  • Only an individual is eligible for this award.
  • Nominees may self-nominate

Award Guidelines

  • Nominees must be CELF Elevate alumni
  • Anyone within or outside of CELF may submit nominations for the award.
  • Only an individual is eligible for this award.
  • Nominees may self-nominate

Each candidate will be judged initially on the following primary factors:

  • Substantive participation and leadership in the Waikato region, that exemplified CELF’ s mission and values.
  • Evidence of impact on and engaging others as a result of this leadership.
  • Contributions considered to have had an impact in the Waikato community.
  • Leadership demonstrated in organisations current or previous

In addition, the Leadership Award Panel will look for evidence that supports:

  • Breadth of community engagement and impact.
  • Leadership in addressing issues, influencing change, or new directions from the perspective of CELF’ s mission and values.

Our 2020 Alumni Leader of the Year

Rachel Karalus

On Friday 20 November at CELF Class of 2020 graduation, Raewyn Jones, CEO of WEL Energy Trust, announced the inaugural CELF Alumni Leader of the Year 2020 as Leaupepe Rachel Karalus - CEO K’aute Pasifika.

Watch her acceptance speech here.

Pictured: Rachel Karalus, CEO - K’aute Pasifika (left), Tania Witheford, CELF - Executive Director (right)