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CALLING ALL
CANTERBURY
CHANGEMAKEHERS

We believe that young women are the trailblazers of the future, which is why we created the Canterbury GirlBoss Awards.

The Canterbury region is home to some of the most brilliant and inspiring young women who are breaking stereotypes and carving out new paths. From Christchurch to Kaikoura, these young change-makers are leading the charge towards a brighter future.

In partnership with Orion and Connetics, we are thrilled to have the backing of local Canterbury businesses. Together, we are seeking young Cantabrians who are making a difference for themselves and others. 

Join us in this movement to empower and celebrate the next generation of female leaders in our region.

 

Nominate a young woman or apply today and let's show the world what young women in Canterbury can achieve.

All Canterbury regional applicants will also be automatically entered into the Nationwide Awards.

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Our Canterbury Categories

Each category winner will receive
a $1000 cash grant.

Inclusion

A GirlBoss who empowers others to dream more, do more, and be more.

Sponsored by Jade

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Trailblazer 

A leader who defies stereotypes, inspires others, and creates change.

Sponsored by Orion & Connetics

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Sport

A GirlBoss who plays like a girl - giving it her all and helping others do the same. 

Sponsored by Sport Canterbury

Arts & Culture

A GirlBoss whose love for arts and culture see her leading the way.

Sponsored by Chapman Tripp

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Innovation

A GirlBoss who imagines a better future and sets out to create it in new and innovative ways.

Sponsored by Enable

Emerging Leader

A GirlBoss (aged 11–14) who is not afraid to speak up and embodies the question:
‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

Sponsored by Christchurch Engine Centre

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

A GirlBoss whose love for STEM has her thinking, researching and creating, to make our world a better place.

Sponsored by Stantec

Community

A GirlBoss with the heart to make a difference and the courage to take a stand.

Sponsored by St Margaret's College

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Judges

Our Judges

Trailblazers leading the way
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AJ Halliday
Human Resources
Connetics

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Donna Frew
Chief Commercial Officer
Enable

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Suzanne Given
Senior Manager Materials
Christchurch Engine Centre

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Kate Pearce
People & Capability Business Partner Lead
Jade Software

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Josie Lewis
Managing Counsel
Stantec
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Grace Ward
Youth Engagement Advisor
Sport Canterbury

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Diana Patchett
Executive Principal
St.Margaret's College

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Ingrid Taylor
Partner
Chapman Tripp

Proudly sponsored by

New Zealand's leading companies

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Our 2023 Winners

We are so proud of them!


 

Trailblazer:

Charlotte Livingston

Ashburton College

Enterprise:

Monique van der Westhuizen

Twizel Area School

Innovation:

Millie Palmer

Cashmere High School

Community:

Mackenzie Wills

Rolleston College

Inclusion:

Bethany Crossan

Christchurch Girls’ High School

Sport:

Charlotte Mortlock

 Burnside High School

STEM:

Millie Edwards

St Margaret's College

Activator

 Katie Wells 

Cashmere High School

Arts & Culture

Jade Wilson

Kaiapoi High School

Emerging Leader:

Hannah Wells

Kaiapoi High School

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