Window & Glass Association NZ 2022 Gala Awards
The Window & Glass Association New Zealand Gala Awards dinner took place on Friday, 1 July at the Town Hall in Christchurch.
(l to r) Liam Darbyshire, Kieran Fell BCITO Training Advisor, Charmaine Farquhar
Attended by 225 people, the event celebrated the crème de la crème of the New Zealand Window and Glass industry.
We would like to congratulate the two Glass & Glazing apprentice award winners.
Allan Sage Memorial Award: Charmaine Farquhar, Central Glass & Aluminium, Palmerston North.
Most Promising Apprentice: Liam Darbyshire, Central Glass Limited, Whanganui.
Both Charmaine and Liam attended the awards evening to receive their awards and made an acceptance speech. When we caught up with Charmaine after receiving her award, we asked what winning the prestigious Allan Sage Memorial Award meant to her, she said, "It is an absolute privilege to have won this award. It’s a reflection of the hard work I have put in over these past four years and shows the development of my skills and technical knowledge. It has also boosted my confidence as I always knew I was a good glazier but had doubts of my skill level. It has also proven to me that if I put my mind towards something I can accomplish it as I set a goal to win this award my first year as an apprentice. I am also pretty sure I am the first female to win this award which is absolutely amazing!!! I love being a forefront female in the glass industry and encouraging other females while also showing everyone, regardless of gender, is fully capable and can succeed in male-dominated industry."
It was fantastic to celebrate the success of our up-and-coming superstars and we wish them all the very best in their apprenticeship journeys and careers in the Glass & Glazing sector.
We would also like to extend our congratulations to all the other industry award winners and a huge thank you to the Window and Glass Association NZ for a great event celebrating industry’s best.
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