‘The Billies’ is a new award created in 2014 to shine the spotlight on strengths-based learning, and the great examples of this happening in communities in Aotearoa.
The 2014 winners of The Billies – Deaf Association Aotearoa, were voted unanimously as the Panel’s favourite. This video describes their Canterbury Community Development Programme, an extraordinary programme which encourage communities – including deaf communities – to be their own community leaders.
Where did The Billies come from?
The Billies honour the memory of community hero Billie Foreman (1931-2012), a relentless practitioner of strength-based approaches in all she did. The cash prize was donated by Community Research’s co-chair Garth Nowland-Foreman in his mother’s name.
The 2014 Shortlist
All of these 2014 Shortlisted entrants have been selected to honour their commitment to increasing the assets, strengths and aspirations of whānau and communities, and lead to positive outcomes in their communities:
- Waimakariri Marae Maori Women’s Welfare League
- Volunteering Canterbury
- Empowering Learning Trust
- Law for Change Wellington
- Deaf Association Aotearoa
- Project Lyttleton
Entries were assessed by:
- Garth Nowland-Foreman, Community Research Co-chair
- Pania Coote, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Porou, Community Research Co-chair
- Dr Suzanne Grant, Department of Strategy & Human Resource Management, University of Waikato