Awards name honour to Boswijk
Local legend commemorated at civic awardsADAM ROBERTS
Nelson's community awards have been given a new permanent name to commemorate one of the city's most well-known characters.
The Eelco Boswijk Civic Awards will be given every three years to Nelsonians who help make their region a better place.
The awards, starting next year, are named after Mr Boswijk, who emigrated to Nelson from the Netherlands in the 1950s.
In 1961 he opened cafe Chez Eelco, at the top of Trafalgar St, which became an iconic establishment for Nelsonians and visitors to the region.
Mr Boswijk was also a patron of the arts, providing early funding to World of Wearable Art creator Dame Suzie Moncrieff to get her show off the ground.
He died in March this year at the age of 84.
Nelson city councillor and daughter-in-law Ali Boswijk said the family had been thrilled when they heard about the plan to change the name.
"He always supported anybody who was doing something positive, and I think it's a nice way of acknowledging that," she said.
"It's very fitting with how he was and how he lived his life."
Mr Boswijk received a Civic Award in 1996, but Ms Boswijk said none of the family could remember what it was for.
The awards, running since 1985, have previously been named the Achievers and Good Citizenship Awards, the Civic Awards and the Community Spirit Awards.
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