2011.02.16 BLIA NZ YAD member receives hospitality awards
Andy Hsu, a member of the Buddha¡¯s Light International Association (BLIA) Young Adult Division (YAD) received an award for ¡°Outstanding Performance in Food and Beverage Operations¡± which was sponsored by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand (RANZ) on the 16th of February. The award was presented by the CEO of the Association, Steve MacKenzie.
The award was given on the basis of his performance in the university course, ¡°Applied Food and Beverage Management (Restaurant)¡± along with his extra-curricular activities in the two competitions.
The first competition was the Auckland Regional Culinary Fare in July 2010, organised by the RANZ and hosted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT). He competed in two events; the first was ¡°Wine and Beverage Service¡± ¨C Silver Medal and the second was ¡°Table Setting, Clearing and Crumbing Down¡± ¨C Silver Medal. The medal award system is based on scores. Entering the arena with 100points, the judges will deduct points according to the marking schedule which may include tidiness of uniform, precision tableware placement (straight lines etc), consistency in personal conduct in the arena, health and safety practices, ability to interact and provide good customer service and also silver service skills. Competitors include other institutions such as North Shore International Academy (NSIA) and industry professionals like SkyCity.
The second competition of the New Zealand Culinary Fare was held in August 2010. This is a national competition organised by the RANZ and hosted at the ASB Showground of Auckland. The competition named ¡°Training Team of the Year¡± consists of 1 restaurant serviceperson (Andy) and 2 training chefs in Andy¡¯s team, all representing the AUT team. Other hospitality institutions across New Zealand such as Southern Institute, Manukau Institute of Technology as well as the Joint Catering Service of the New Zealand Defense Force also participated. Competition includes the training chefs producing 4 portions of three course meal in a given time and the restaurant serviceperson serving it to 3 invited guests at specially set table along with full silver service. The chefs and restaurant services are judged separately with the kitchen holding the only gold medal, and restaurant services receiving silver medal as the best (no gold were awarded this year). The combined score of the AUT team was the highest hence receiving the award and trophy for ¡°Training Team of the Year 2010¡±.
2009.12.01 Prestigious Avenues Magazine Reviews Water Drop Caf¨¦
This year¡¯s December issue of the local Christchurch Avenues magazine reported on the coffee culture of the four major religions of the city. Reporter Colleen Simpson included Fo Guang Shan South Island within this section, touching on the Temple building and it¡¯s Water Drop Caf¨¦ and Art Gallery. She noted that when one walks into the peaceful FGS South Island, may it be inside the building or in the courtyard; it is hard to believe that it is situated on one of the busiest streets of Christchurch. Credit is due to the contractor ¡®Warren and Mahoney¡¯, who have a history of producing award-winning architectures. FGS South Island¡¯s Water Drop Caf¨¦ houses the best vegetarian dishes and coffee of Christchurch. Even more breathtaking is the elegant Art Gallery which is integrated into the majestic Temple.
Ms. Simpson learnt from Buddha¡¯s Light International Association South Island President Almeric Cheng that FGS South Island propagates Buddhism through food and culture as they are mediums which are free from language barriers; there is a common point in which the Temple and the local people can converge and foster mutual understanding. Ms. Simpson noted that the Water Drop Caf¨¦ is a place for everyone to enjoy great food and socialize while enjoying the aroma of Chinese dishes which capture much of the patrons¡¯ attention. A statement from Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery South Island¡¯s Public Relations Officer was included in the report as well, and is as follows: ¡°The embroidery exhibition that closed four months ago had attracted over 12,000 visitors¡±. During her visit, Ms. Simpson also enjoyed the Helena Egg Art exhibition by Korean artist Helena Kim.
2009.03.05 Yao Hong Ying¡¯s Embroidery Exhibition Receives Praise
On 5th March, Fo Guang Shan South Island received letters of appreciation from Exhibition Opening Ceremony special guests National Party MP Nicky Wagner and Ann Bradley and Judith Hay from Canterbury Embroidery Association. Through her letter, Ms. Wagner, who represented the Minister of Ethnic Affairs Honourable Pansy Wong during the ceremony, expressed her gratitude for Venerable Abbess Manshin¡¯s kind invitation, as well as for the chance to witness the fine embroidery skills of Yao Hong Ying for herself. Through their letter to the Abbess, Ms. Bradley and Ms. Hay also expressed their gratitude for Abbess¡¯s invitation and the chance to see the exceptional works of delicate art.
2008.06.16 - Volunteer Recognition Award. On 16th June, Louisa Kuo, President of First West Chapter BLIA South Island was proudly awarded with ¡®Volunteer Recognition Award¡¯ by ¡®Volunteering Canterbury¡¯. Accompanied by BLIA South Island President Almeric Cheng and Secretary Tracy Chen, they attended the award ceremony held at Cashmere Club. This award ceremony was hosted by Chairperson of Volunteering Canterbury Jan Harrison and Hon. Ruth Dyson, Minister for Disability Issues and Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment presented the 18 volunteers with their awards.
Hon. Ruth Dyson congratulated all the volunteers who have received an award and thanked all volunteers who contribute towards our community and society. Louisa volunteers at FGS South Island every day except for Monday when the temple does not open and aids the running of FGS South Island and BLIA. She has also been a member of BLIA¡¯s Red Cross Lunch Box Delivery Team and helps deliver the lunch boxes to people in need. Upon receiving her award she said that, BLIA has many more volunteers who contributes without others knowing, this award that she receives today is not her own, but every volunteer of BLIA.
2007.04.10 - New Zealand Institute of Architects Award. South Island Fo Guang Shan wins the 2007 top ten national New Zealand Institute of Architects Award.
2007.01.13 - Issuing of Foundation Construction Permit. South Island Fo Guang Shan obtained the Foundation Construction permit from the City Council.
2006.08.25 - 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.
2005.12.21 Signing of the Construction Contract - Abbess Man Shin and Venerable J Hao of the South Island Fo Guang Shan, President John Lai and Treasurer Almeric Cheng of South Island Buddha¡¯s Light International Association, Barry and Ian Bisman of Warren and Mahoney, Marc Mendonca of Fletcher Building attended the meeting for the signing of the construction contract for the South Island Fo Guang Shan. One of the terms of the contract is for the construction works to start in January 2007 and to be completed before end of 2007.
2003.03.03 - 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.
2002.04.27 - Cultural Promotion Award. South Island Buddha¡¯s Light International Association won the Cultural Promotion Award at the 9th Buddha¡¯s Light International Association AGM.
2000.05.13 - 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.
2000 March - Volunteers Prize. Louisa Liao received the 2000 volunteer prize form Christchurch City Mayor Garry Moore.
1992.09.19 New Zealand South Island Association first anniversary conducts 'the Buddha light cup' for the pool and tennis game.
2009.12.15 Celebrating a Miracle- Graduation Did Not Come Easily
Recently, BLIA South Island and FGS South Island had a lot of good news come their way. In November, it was the 10 years Anniversary of Service Awards coming into the hands of BLIA from Red Cross. This month, more good news has come. FGS South Island English Social Education¡¯s Shenghan Lim has graduated from the University of Canterbury.
Shenghan began life at the monastery at the age of twelve. Three years ago, after many years of encouragement from the Venerables, he gained university entry, and went onto study Education as a major and the Chinese language on the side. This month, he has graduated with flying colours, walking away as one of the top two students of his course.
Three years ago, a pot of rice noodles was prepared to celebrate Shenghan¡¯s achievement of gaining university entrance. This year, to celebrate his successful graduation, the Temple prepared a graduation dinner on the 15th December and invited Shenghan¡¯s parents and brother and 60 members of the BLIA to celebrate his achievement and share the joy.
Venerable Abbess Manshin said that over the last several years, she has witnessed Shenghan¡¯s growth on the spiritual path; and at the same time reminded everyone that it is Venerable Master Hsingyun¡¯s vow to look after the young. Abbess said that Shenghan is a miracle of life; he has defied all odds and turned impossible into possible, and completed a university degree.
Shenghan¡¯s parents sincerely expressed their gratitude to the Temple for the many years of care and concern for their child, and North and South Island YAD members took turns passing on their wishes to him. The moving graduation dinner left everyone joyful, as everyone has witnessed for themselves a real-life example of how Buddhism can change the fate of people.
In order thank the Temple and his family for all their support, Shenghan specially invited Venerable Abbess Manshin and his parents to attend his graduation ceremony. At the ceremony, the hall filled with joy and excitement as the graduates receive their reward for their many years of hard work invested into study.
Being placed in the top two students of his course, the University has offered him a place in the honours program, and the Venerables, parents and Fo Guang people are all proud of his achievement.
2009.11.20 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.
2009.11.03 BLIA Presented with Red Cross¡¯s Honour of Love Award
The Christchurch branch of Red Cross New Zealand held their annual ¡°Delivering Lunchboxes with Love-Meals on Wheels¡± tea party on 3rd November at The Chateau on the Park Restaurant. Organiser Sam Morrison presided over the meeting, inviting all the volunteers who had helped out with Meals on Wheels.
BLIA South Island Directors Qiuxia Wang, Meiling Wei, Huiying Li and several others represented BLIA during the party, and together with other Red Cross volunteer groups, made up the 40 participants of the party.
Prizes were presented to volunteers who had either fulfilled ten or 20 years of service with Red Cross, and BLIA received the Honour of Love Award for having continuously delivered lunch boxes to elderly people living alone for over ten years. Red Cross thanked the volunteers for their hard work and encouraged everyone to continue with their efforts in bringing the elderly some warmth and love. The volunteers were also given a member¡¯s handbook and were briefed with current issues.
2009.07.12 FGS South Island is Award Nominee Material!
BLIA North Island East 2 sub-chapter member Xiu-Ping Fu and her family arrived at FGS South Island on 12th July for a visit. Venerable Abbess Manshin, Venerable Juexi, Venerable Miaoyu and Louisa Guo warmly received them.
Ms. Fu¡¯s husband, Mr. Chen is one of Auckland city¡¯s architectural award judges. When he witnessed the inspiring Temple design himself, he praised the architectural elegance of the Temple building. Mr. Chen expressed to Venerable Abbess that FGS South Island fulfils the requirements for the awards and could be nominated. 6 environmental criterias to meet before a building can be nominated.
Mr. Chen commented that the Time Capsule, Tea House, carpark, through to the Buddha Hall, consisted of environmentally-friendly building materials; and that such a great building should be formally recognised. Mr. Chen promised to help apply FGS South lsland for the environmentally-friendly architectural award, so that more people will know about the Temple, and that future buildings will adopt the environmentally friendly architecture and materials utilised by the Temple building.
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.