Image: Woodford House principal Julie Peterson with Trade Aid co-founder and former Old Girl Vi Cottrell, who was awarded a Tempus Award by Mary Sherratt, president of Woodford House Old Girls’ Association. Photo/ Warren Buckland – Hawkes Bay Today
We are so proud of co-founder Vi and all of her awards and achievements.
“A lifelong passion and a willingness to help those in need has seen former Woodford House student Vi Cottrell presented with a Tempus Award.
What started over 40 years ago as an overseas adventure with her husband Richard quickly grew into a successful organisation that has positively impacted the lives of disadvantaged communities.
Now one of the most notable fair trade businesses in New Zealand, Trade Aid sources handmade, fair trade products from about 65 trading partners, which represents thousands of small farmers and artisans in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Palestine and the Pacific.
As co-founder of the non-profit organisation, Mrs Cottrell has received numerous accolades, most notably a Queen’s Service medal in 1994 and being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.”