Lecturer's Gap Filler work awarded

03:09, Nov 09 2012

A Canterbury University lecturer will be awarded for his "remarkable contribution to the recovery of Christchurch city".

The Tertiary Education Union is holding its inaugural Awards of Excellence ceremony next week.

Among the recipients will be Ryan Reynolds, who will win an award for his contribution to the recovery of Christchurch.

Reynolds co-founded and now chairs the Gap Filler Trust Board, which put artwork into vacant lots following the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.

He is also the co-founder of Life in Vacant Spaces, a trust established to help Gap Filler, Greening the Rubble, the Christchurch City Council and others to enable community ideas for using their vacant spaces in the city.

TEU national president Sandra Grey said the new awards recognised the intrinsic values that made tertiary education a public good that benefitted all New Zealanders.

Reynolds will receive his award on Monday at a ceremony in Wellington.

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