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Alumni Leadership Award 2020

The CELF Leadership Award recognises CELF alumni for 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.

Awards will be made at the discretion of the CELF Award Panel which may choose to grant one award, no award, or multiple awards in any one year.

Nomination Requirements

Anyone may submit a nomination for the Award with the nominee's permission.

Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must clearly document why the candidate should be considered for this award. All nominations must contain sufficient information to inform the selection process without additional research.

Each nomination to include:

  • Linkedin profile reference and/or Resume (if  and where available)
  • A description of how the candidate fulfils the criteria described under the "Guidelines and Eligibility" section for this award.
  • Supporting information, evidence and/or references 

Please note: After reviewing the initial nomination submission, the Award Panel  may seek  up to three additional reference letters to assist in the evaluation of the candidates under consideration.

Guidelines and Eligibility

  • 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 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.

Are you unsure if the nominee you would like to nominate qualifies for an award?

Please reach out to us at tania@celf.org.nz. We will be happy to answer questions about the nominations process, guidelines, or eligibility.

Nomination Dates & Judging


2020 award nominations are open from Wednesday 16 September 2020

Nominations Close: @ 5pm  Monday 19 October 2020


Award recipient/s are recognised at the CELF Graduation dinner held during Leadership Week.

Award recipient/s will make an address to the attendees of the CELF Graduation Dinner.
Recipients are given the opportunity to speak at a session at the following year’s Elevate cohort residential.
Recipients will be invited to join the Award Panel for the year following the receiving of the Award.
Highlights of their accomplishments are also added to the award gallery on the CELF website.