New Otago Community Trust Chair Appointed

  • 29-May-20
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust has today announced the appointment of John Wilson as its new chair. John takes over the Trust’s chair role from Ross McRobie effective from 1 June 2020. Ross will remain on the board of Otago Community Trust as a trustee until such time that the Minister of Finance makes the new trustee appointments.

John who was previously an investment advisor with Craigs Investment Partners was appointed as a Trustee in July 2016 and has served as deputy chair since July 2018. Diccon Sim, partner at law firm Gallaway Cook Allan has been appointed to fill the deputy chair role.

Mr McRobie said that he felt very privileged to have served on the Trust for the last nine years and has thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as chairperson since 2015.

“I have always particularly enjoyed visiting various community projects and groups throughout the region and witnessing first-hand the enormous contribution that they make to our communities.”

“I wish John and Diccon all the very best for their new roles. John’s strong investment knowledge and experience will serve the Trust well, during what is a particularly challenging time” said outgoing chair Ross McRobie.

Mr Wilson said that as the newly appointed Trust chair he will be working collaboratively with all trustees, our chief executive, and staff to support our region’s community organisations and communities.

“I believe my 30+ years’ experience in the finance industry as an Authorised Financial Adviser as well as my strong commitment to see the Otago region and its people and communities thrive will be valuable in managing this unprecedented period for the Trust and the communities it supports” said new chair, John Wilson.

Mr Wilson noted that while we enter unprecedented times, the Trust has a good level of accumulated-income reserves in place to support Otago. Our investment portfolio is robust, we have a highly skilled board of trustees, a dedicated team of staff whose collective experience will guide us in managing our way through these uncertain times.

“I would like to personally thank Ross for the tremendous work he has done during his tenure both as a trustee and more recently as chair” Mr Wilson said.

The Trust awarded a total of $76,910 to 12 community organisations in its May board meeting. Friends of the Forrester Gallery Society Inc was the largest beneficiary receiving a $25,000 grant. This will assist the gallery with the cost of purchasing and installing a purpose-built art storage system.

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust also received funding support via a $12,000 grant which will support with the cost of installing a kitchen and bathroom in the middle floor of the Loan and Mercantile Building.

The Trust continues to approve much needed COVID-19 funding. To date $514,778.36 has been awarded to 41 community organisations since the dedicated COVID-19 Response Fund was opened in early April.

We encourage community organisations to contact the trust if they have any questions around funding support, said Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger.

“We are committed to doing the very best for our communities during this difficult and uncertain time”.

 

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, May 2020

Cromwell

Street Smart Charitable Trust

$9,200

Dunedin

Nature School Dunedin

$2,200

 

Amputee Society of Otago & Southland Inc

$500

 

Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium Inc

$3,000

 

Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board

$2,000

 

Aroha Ki Te Tamariki

$2,000

 

Northern Junior Association Football Club Incorporated

$2,000

 

Progress of Waikouaiti Area

$5,000

Oamaru

Friends of the Forrester Gallery Society Inc

$25,000

 

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust

$12,000

Wanaka

NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust

$4,010

 

Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

$10,000

 

COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

Otago Community Trust COVID-19 Response Fund Grants – at 22 May 2020

Alexandra

Central Otago District Council

$25,000

 

Alexandra Community House

$21,350

Balclutha

Clutha District Council

$25,000

Dunedin

Otago Youth Wellness

$10,000

 

Stopping Violence Dunedin

$10,424.36

 

Dunedin City Council

$25,000

 

Servants Health Centre

$5,000

 

Dunedin Community Care Trust

$16,474

 

Moana House

$3,563

 

Connections Education & Development Centre

$2,042

 

Te Hou Ora Whanau Services

$12,000

 

Dunedin Community Mediation

$252

 

Dunedin Budget Advisory Service

$7,636

 

Mornington School

$14,260

 

Work Opportunities Trust

$2,280

 

Dunedin Friend-Link

$1,500

 

Te Roopu tautoko kie te Tonga Inc

$20,000

Oamaru

Waitaki District Council

$25,000

 

CCS Disability Action Waitaki

$10,570

 

Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc

$10,000

Otago

Cancer Society NZ

$13,036

 

Aroha Ki Te Tamariki Trust

$29,141

 

Youthline

$14,560

 

Able Charitable Trust

$12,000

 

Youthline

$10,440

 

Pillars

$15,000

 

Ronald McDonald House

$25,000

 

Brain Injury Assn

$3,000

 

Methodist Mission

$15,856

 

IHC

$25,000

 

Cystic Fibrosis NZ

$1,000

 

CCS Disability Otago

$3,900

 

Anglican Family Care

$19,845

 

Presbyterian Support

$10,000

 

Salvation Army

$12,000

 

Methodist Mission Southern

$3,549

 

Methodist Mission Southern

$2,400

 

LifeMatters Suicide Prevention Trust NZ

$12,500

 

Disability Information Service Otago

$4,200

Queenstown

Queenstown Lakes District Council

$25,000

Wanaka

Community Networks Wanaka

$10,000

 

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