Awards - awarding good neighbours!
25, 2004 - by Bimbo NL
Not only the superstars
deserve some recognition! Recently the first SUN Awards were announced,
and the intention was to award good old neighbourhood spirit! Here are
While the superstars gathered
for a super gala event at the Golden Star Awards in Simborough, there was
no specific gala event to honour the SUN Award winners. While Golden Star
winners got fame and publicity, the SUN Award winners will keep doing their
silent work, being good neighbours. Because that is often the way good
neighbourhood works - silent and without the claim of recognition. Exactly
what the SUN wanted to change; at least a few unselfish and generous sims
were honoured this way.
There were 3 different categories:
Community Service, Good Neighbour, and SUN Hood of the year. I decided
to contact some of the winners!
SUN Hood of the year
The winner was Simborough,
which shouldn't be a surprise at all after all tireless efforts they have
put into the Golden Star Awards, web soaps and their community in general.
You should visit their web site to learn more!
I asked the spokes sim and
my friend, Anthony Troy, if he was surprised when getting to know they
won the SUN Hood of the year award?
We really couldn't believe it! I immediately informed Sally Phillips and
she was stunned. We hadn't even realized that we'd been nominated!
recall Mr Troy being in the SUN core a while ago, but for how long has
Simborough been a SUN member?
I think we've been a SUN member for about 2 years now. I was in the Core
two sessions running but had to give it up due to increasing commitments
When I ask Mr Troy what it
takes to run a good neighbourhood, community wise, he replies that it takes
a lot of determination and stamina and a good sense of people. It is very
important to know what your residents want... you need to listen to them
and try and juggle what they want with what you have the funds and effort
Mr Troy thinks that Simborough
is special because it's just a nice place to live in. After the plague,
which killed all of the residents of Simborough, they had a completely
fresh start, building something very special. Including a wide involvement
for their web site, and they also have many local organizations. Mr Troy
mentions the SSW (Society for Simmish Women) as particular important to
a lot of the residents.
This award was won by Norah
Wallace (Greymount) and runner up was Anne Briggon (Simmerville).
was nominated for iniating and head NewRIP (the New Resident Initiative
Program) when Greymount was promoting a policy of immigration. Her efforts
to help the new residents become acquainted with Greymount and it's policies
as well as to personally invite neighbors to her home for dinner parties
was amazing and the hood residents felt that Norah's efforts went beyond
the definition of a good neighbor.
Norah Wallace admit she was
a little shocked when winning the SUN Good Neighbour Award. She claims
she didn't think her efforts were good enough to win the SUN Award, but
the award reaffirms her belief that integrating new neighbors was a necessary
Greymount's Spokes Sim and
superstar, Starr Grey, adds:
Norah means that four people every other week will receive an ivory invitation
inviting them to a dinner party at her home, catered by her wonderful husband
who's cooking is DIVINE!. Norah also means that each new resident will
receive a welcome basket, personal tour of the neighborhood with suggestions
on how to spend their first Family Day. Norah means all SUN Exchange families
will enter a home personally designed to facilitate their enjoyable stay.
Without Norah, a lot of residents wouldn't know each other.
So what will the future be
like for the award winner? Norah Wallace replies:
Well, Greymount is in a process of scaling back on their activities and
I plan on creating a greater community harmony. The Hood Council has increased
the budget for NewRIP [New Resident Initiative Program] so I am able to
have bigger block parties, host more new neighbor dinners and overall help
new residents get integrated into Greymount. I am also helping the Hood
Council create our policy on SUN Exchanges and helping the SUN Exchange
families become comfortable with Greymount.
final category was the Community Service award. It was won by Johanna Grumblin
(Simmerville) and the runner up was Adelaide Stone (Palatial Heights).
Spokes Sim, Mrs Juliana Valentino, says that when the candidates were chosen
at a local community event this Winter, absolutely everyone shouted that
Johanna deserved it. She co-ordinated the nation wide Food Expo last Summer,
she started the local Food Club, and together with her husband, Steve,
she added to the hood by opening a home based restaurant.
Mrs Grumblin was never paid for any of her efforts, so we think the Award
is very nice and in addition we, the local Hood Council, like to give her
enough Simoleons to buy a decent computer for completing her latest cooking
winner herself was speechless. She served her famous home made cake, shed
a few tears and after a while she excused herself and stepped back into
The runner up in this category
lives in Palatial Heights, congratulations, Adelaide Stone!
Thank you very much. I was very surprised because I have heard from Carla
about the nominees and these people were all so generous when it came to
giving to the community. So I was very surprised I was even considered.
Height's Spokes Sim and SUN's leader, Carla Niven, explains that Adelaide
Stone was nominated because she is a very giving and generous resident.
She donated a huge amount of money to built the Palatial Heights Park where
we host all our summer activities. Everybody in the hood donated
some, but we couldn’t have done it without Adelaide and we are very grateful.
Just like the Good Neighbour
runner up, Mrs Briggon, also Adelaide Stone is rather new in the hood.
Carla Niven tells that Adelaide has only been in out hood for a few months.
She moved here from Australia in late fall. Since her move Palatial
Heights has been better known because of this famous superstar and a lot
more sims are now wanting to visit here and go to her concerts and even
meet her. Everyone is benefiting from this i.e. small privately owned
boutiques, restaurants and all other shops.
In the near future Adelaide
Stone will be involved in creating a shelter for stray cats and dogs.
I am a huge animal lover and I would like to have something built for all
these neglected animals where volunteers could take care of them.
Where are the men?
All these nice sims most
definitely deserve the honour of the SUN Awards. Adding to the hoods in
their good ways. But why are the majority female? I'm hopefully not the
only sim wondering where the men are hiding? Only one man in this fine
company is something to worry about. Do female sims care more about the
hood and to keep the community spirit alive?
Next round of the SUN Awards
is a year ahead - that's a long time for you guys to make a difference
in your own hood! Hopefully the Award might inspire some of you? Let's
hear what some Spoke Sims think of the Award and how it can affect their
Starr Grey (Greymount):
sims focus a lot on their household and just a handful friends, ignoring
the other residents. In other words, it is possible that some locals feel
very much alone, and with the SUN Awards I think a hood's community will
be aware of all its contents.
Carla Niven (Palatial
Heights): I think the SUN Awards will have an effect in our community.
It will encourage sims to get involved in the community and show that their
support is appreciated and recognized and I think it will draw in more
sims to a nicer community.
Anthony Troy (Simborough):
great to know that all that hard work has paid off. It gives clarity and
certainty to what's been done. Simborough can only go up and up from here!
Juliana Valentino (Simmerville):
am sure that the awards will be a great inspiration because it might trigger
the sims that want to do something but who are afraid what others might
say if they step ahead. I think the hood recognizing the good efforts will
be a good excuse for making the hood a better and safer place!