Eelco Boswijk Awards postponed

29/10/2021 4:15pm

Nelson City Council has postponed the Eelco Boswijk Civic Award celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions on event numbers.

Council partnered with the City of Nelson Civic Trust and Nelson Mail for the 2021 awards, named after the late Eelco Boswijk, who established the popular Chez Eelco Café in Nelson in the 1960s.

The awards recognise those in our community who go above and beyond to enrich the lives of others, as Eelco did.
Award nominations were received earlier this year, and the winners of the five categories have been chosen. An awards ceremony was due to take place in early November.

However, due to COVID-19 restrictions on event numbers and our desire to celebrate with as many of our nominees and their supporters as possible, the Eelco Boswijk Civic Award ceremony will instead take place in April 2022.

All nominees will be contacted in February 2022 to reconfirm their attendance at the April event. We look forward to celebrating with all the nominees then.

With thanks to sponsors City of Nelson Civic Trust, Nelson Pine, NBS, Nelmac and Council, the winners of each of the five award categories will receive a $1000 donation to a local charity of their choice.

The initiative was inspired by one of Eelco’s acts of generosity – a $1000 sponsorship grant to Dame Suzie Moncrieff for the fledgeling WearableArt Awards.