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History

 

Celebrating 30 years of providing education, information and support to people living with Parkinson's

The Parkinsonism Society of New Zealand Inc was incorporated in 1983 which means that Parkinson's New Zealand celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2013.

To mark the occasion we presented five Recognition Awards.

Parkinson’s New Zealand is fortunate to have many inspiring people involved in our organisation. These Awards celebrate the service given to our Society by outstanding volunteers and recognise the achievements of members whose attitude is an inspiration to us all.

Nominations for the Awards were in the following categories:

The Ron Greenwood Community Spirit Award – recognition for a person with Parkinson’s who contributes to the wider community

The Sir Peter Snell Keep Moving Award – recognition for a person with Parkinson’s who endeavours to remain active and takes part in exercise to the best of their ability

The Gus and Irene Fisher Carpe Diem Award – recognition for a person with Parkinson’s who ‘seizes the day’ through their passion for work, creativity or a hobby

The Sir David Levene Volunteer Award – recognition for a volunteer who gives outstanding service to the Society

The Andrew Dunn Volunteer Award – recognition for a volunteer who gives outstanding service to the Society

You can read about the winners and their stories below 

 

 

The presentation of the 'Carpe Diem' to Jean and Russell Adams from the West Coast was recorded by a member of the audience.  The five minute video can be viewed on here.

These Awards were first presented in 2008 to mark the 25th Anniversary 

 

Historical publications

2008 Recognition Awards in The Parkinsonian

 

 

The 25th Anniversary in The Parkinsonian  

 

 

 

We celebrated our 20th anniversary by producing a history of the period 1983 -2003.

Part 1 - Celebrating 20 years

 

Part 2 - Division fact file

 

Although Parkinson's New Zealand were formally established in 1983, our founders had been working towards that goal since the year before. In 1982 they set up the first Parkinson's Patients Support Group and in December that year produced the first issue of The Parkinsonian.

Issue One of The Parkinsonian