Alumni Leadership Award 2020

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)

Recognising outstanding community leadership.

Leadership may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, for example through impact, or as an agent for change and in both formal and informal roles, including appointed, elected, or volunteer positions within, their own organisation and others. 

Contributions are expected to be at a level with broad reach across the community and exemplifying the mission and values of CELF.

The Leader of the Year will be announced at the CELF Graduation dinner on the 20th of November 2020.

Guidelines and Eligibility for the Leadership Award

  • 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.

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.