20th November 2009 “Ten Years Anniversary of a Great Commitment”
Christchurch’s Papanui branch of the Red Cross Association held a morning tea at St. Silas Church on 20th of November to thank those who have helped the Meals on Wheels service over the years. Three representatives of Buddha’s Light International Association South Island attended the recognition morning tea, namely Guihua Yang, Tracy Chen and another committee member. The BLIA representatives joined 40 other volunteers in receiving the service awards.
Red Cross Activities Co-ordinator Sam Morrison presented BLIA with a certificate in recognition of their ten or more years of service, and encouraged everyone to continue with their contribution and service. He also announced that during February next year, chosen volunteers will be given the chance to see for themselves the way in which the Canterbury District Health Board prepares their meals through a visit to the department.
Meals on Wheels is part of New Zealand’s non-profit Red Cross Service, and provides home delivered meals for people living in the City of the Canterbury Local Government District. Recipients of the service include those who are frail and elderly or have a disability, or are carers of these people.
Red Cross’s Canterbury West Coast Region branch initiated the idea of welcoming volunteers to help; and the Canterbury District Health Board has been responsible for supplying the meals. The achievements of Meals on Wheels include a history of 54 years, at least 800 volunteers and supplying around 1200 meals a day.
At the end of every year, Red Cross New Zealand holds a thank you party for all the Red Cross ‘Meals on Wheels’ volunteers of all the different suburbs for their efforts and contribution. The recognition events are also the chance for volunteers to get to know each other.
BLIA joined the Meals on Wheels delivery service during September of 1997, delivering meals every Tuesday along the roads of Riccarton and Papanui. Wearing the BLIA uniform, the committee members spend at least 2 hours each time to deliver the meals.
16th June 2008 “Volunteer Recognition Awards of Canterbury”
The president of International Buddhist Association West 1 division, Louisa Guo, received a Volunteer Recognition Award for outstanding voluntary service in the Canterbury community. President of BLIA, Almeric Cheng and secretary of BLIA, Tracy Chen accompanied Louisa to the recognition ceremony, which was held at Cashmere Club. The chairwoman of Community and Voluntary Sector, Jan Harrison presided over the ceremony, and the Hon. Ruth Dyson presented the awards to the 18 receivers of the award.
Louisa has been volunteering at the temple for many years, and is also the team leader for the Red Cross lunch-box delivery team, who deliver lunch to the elderly on a regular basis. Louisa explained that the award belongs to BLIA, and not to herself personally.
7th November 2007 “ The Civic Trust Award”
The Civic Trust Award was presented to the Buddhist Community Centre for the creation of community facilities that includes a gallery, meditation hall, classrooms, accommodation, offices and courtyard. It is a contemporary solution by Taiwanese architects, sculptors and local architects, providing a multi cultural environment for the city.
10th April 2007 New Zealand Institute of Architects Award
South Island Fo Guang Shan wins the 2007 top ten national New Zealand Institute of Architects Award. The judges
25th August 2006 National Nurse Award
Louisa Liao, the vice president of South Island Buddha’s Light International Association, receive a National Nurse Award at the Annual Nurse Conference in Wellington for her research in old age phenomenon. She is the only award winner this year and is the first Asian nurse winning a national award from the Nurse Association.
3rd March 2003 Golden Plate Award
The Broadcasting program “The Happy Life” produced by the South Island Buddha’s Light International Association won the “2001 Golden Plate Award:
27th April 2002 Cultural Promotion Award
South Island Buddha’s Light International Association won the Cultural Promotion Award at the 9th Buddha’s Light International Association AGM.
13th May 2000 Outstanding Women Prize
Louisa Liao received the “Buddha’s Light International Association Outstanding Women Social volunteer Prize” at the 8th AGM of Buddha’s Light International Association.
March 2000 Volunteers Prize
Louisa Liao received the 2000 volunteer prize form Christchurch City Mayor Garry Moore.