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Victory Community Centre is often in the news … TWICE this time

Victory Community Centre wins again.  Very proud to be recipients of one of the Community Hero awards at the Eelco Boswijck Civic Awards. Penny got her own certificate as well as an outstanding community hero.
Ali Boswijck, Penny Molnar and I celebrating with native plants gifted to us.

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AND our Director Kindra is standing for Nelson City Council in the upcoming elections.  Check out her FB page and “like” her.

Kindra is also off to Tonic Conference in November as a speaker.   

Tonic Conference 2016 Speaker Logo Small

Below is our latest newspaper articles about VCC from Click on the headline to read the full article.
AND – sometimes we get mentioned on other websites…. here’s an “I’ve been thinking” item from our Director on the Inspiring Communities website (July 2016).

14 April 2016
Poi world record attempt
Nelson people were out in force on Victory Square for a world record attempt for the largest group poi spinning only to be a few entrants shy of achieving their aim.  After two minutes of poi spinning to the traditional Poi E song, the crowd was on the edge of their seats as the final tally was waiting to be announced.

24 March 2016.
Victory Community Centre poised to set world record
Nelson’s Victory Community Centre is poised to swing its way to a world record. The centre is gathering registrations to set a world record with the largest group of people spinning poi.
Rangiahua McTainsh-Paul, left, Hamaka Kelly-Tata and Kaleigh Rangihika practise poi for the Victory Community Centre aim to set a world record for the most number of people swinging poi.

11 February 2016.
Victory Community Centre reaches $60,000 fundraising goal before deadline.
Victory Community Centre employees and community members can breathe again after it urgently raised $60000. …
Nicola Bare, left, David Poultney, Kindra Douglas, Penny Molnar, Brian Kendrick and Dayanira Bakhshi celebrate the $50,000 donated by the Nelson Marlborough West Coast Methodist Synod to the Victory Community Centre.

3 March 2016
Nelson’s Koha Shed gets land, now it just needs building.
After months of uncertainty about its future the Koha Shed is finally moving to a new spot. It has been offered a section next to Victory Community Centre, ….

Cara Gledhill (Koha Shed), Nicola Bare (Victory Community Centre), Helen Taylor-Young (Victory Primary School Principal), Janine Brennan (Koha Shed) and Christine Dobson (Koha Shed) on a section of the land offered to the Koha Shed to use by Victory Community Centre and Victory School.

17 February 2016
Housing New Zealand to deliver 200 anti-violence packs to Nelson properties.
A collaboration between community groups, Housing New Zealand and police will see an anti-violence resource pack delivered to every state home in Nelson’s Victory area.

Keeping Victory Safe community developer Gayle Petch, left, and Betty Swartz from Housing New Zealand look at the resource packs at Victory Community Centre, Nelson.

18 Nov 2015.
Nelson suburb Victory mourns the loss of community police station.
They say shifting it to the nearby Victory Community Centre two years ago and scaling down the deployment of police is a failure that has left …

The Victory block where the police base used to be.

30 Oct, 2015
Victory for community nurse.
Victory Community Centre’s Be Well community nurse Penny Molnar has been acknowledged as a local hero as part of the New Zealander of …

Be Well community nurse Penny Molnar has been recognised as a local hero as part of the New Zealander of the Year awards.

9 Jul 2015
Nelson mums dancing for Nepal

A group of Nelson mothers are organising a dance party to help Nepalese children in need. The women currently hold a Monday-morning dance session … at the Victory Community Centre,..
Rachael Purdie and Moss Purdie, left and Briar McRae and Meela Matthews dance at the Liberate Your Limbs dance group event at the Victory Community Centre.

18 Jun 2015
Matariki celebration marks new beginnings for Victory community.
Matariki celebration marks new beginnings for Victory community video … Victory Community Centre programmes and facilities coordinator Rob Brown organised the event with …
Greer Balloch, 3, left, Piper Balloch, 6, Tara Martin, 6, and Danica Balloch, 4 with their lanterns at the Matariki Lantern Parade at Victory Community Centre.

25 May 2015
Victory’s Got Talent reveals local flair for performance.
Nelson’s young Victory community proved it certainly had talent as singers and dancers alike took to the stage at the annual Victory’s Got Talent event.

Fifteen year old Hannah Reade of Ruby Bay performs during Victory’s Got Talent 2015 in the Victory Community Centre on Saturday night.

21 Apr 2015
Keeping Kids Warm project gives out warm clothes and heaters.
As the colder months begin to bite Nelson man Glenn Bisdee is giving warm clothes and panel heaters to families in need. Photographer Glenn Bisdee raised $6800 last year to purchase …

Keeping Kids Warm founder Glenn Bisdee with some of the heaters, jackets and polypropylene clothing he is giving away to families in need.

9 Feb 2015
Victory residents organise opposition to liquor store |
A public meeting will be held in Victory to tell residents how to oppose a new licence for a liquor store.Victory Liquor Store is closed because it needs to apply for a new liquor licence.

Sally Chew checks the door on the closed Victory Liquor Centre in St Vincent St.

9 Jan 2015
Answering the call of hunger
Food For Families founder Martin Reading’s venture to feed those in need has taken over his life. Volunteer organisation Food For Families Nelson started out in Victory Square late 2013, …

Martin Reading of Food for Families at the YMCA in Toi Toi St, Nelson.