Congratulations to Pam Logan who won the Meredith Caisely Award at the recent PDS in Palmerston North. This award is for a member who reflects the ethos of SCA and actively promotes the organisation. 

Here is the citation in full, which was read out by Glenda Pearce at PDS:

Pam Logan’s interest in speech grew from her love of drama. Growing up in Christchurch, she started acting when she was at school and joined the Elmwood Players theatre group in her teens. Moving to Waikari, North Canterbury, she started a Drama Club. It was there a teacher asked her to teach drama to primary school students and that is what prompted  her to obtain a Licentiate Diploma  in Teaching Speech and Drama.

With a young family she became more actively involved with the Association  (then called the Association of Teachers of Speech and Drama and known as ATSD) when she co-directed the 1979 conference in Blenheim.  Since then she has not only continued to mentor private students through performance and teaching exams, but she has taken an active interest in training and instructing voice, speech, oral communication, public speaking, drama, acting and directing at all levels, including tertiary for over 40 years, but drama remains her passion. Pam firmly believes “the level in which we communicate is the level in which we live our lives” and takes this with her into the theatre developing appropriate voice production and suitable modulation of her actors so they “can create more believable characters”. 

Her particular interest in voice, acting and directing saw her as a founding member, actor, administrator and assistant director for Kempe's Jig Theatre Collective, which toured Shakespeare in schools from 1991-94.   For several years she tutored voice and acting techniques at Nelson Polytechnic School of Performing Arts. 

Pam is also an accredited adjudicator of theatre and performing arts competitions, having adjudicated the national finals of both PACANZ and the Theatre NZ play festival. 

Throughout the many years Pam has been  a member of the Speech Communication Association she has remained a valuable, active member. She has also been a longstanding trustee of New Zealand Speech Board, including being its Chair. She is currently Chair of Examinations and  examiner for Speech New Zealand.  A life member and past president of both Marlborough Repertory Society and Theatre NZ Pam was awarded a 1990 medal for services to theatre.

With her commitment to theatre and developing effective voice communication both on and off the stage, the Speech Communication Association is proud to honour Pam Logan with this award.

Photo caption: Meredith Caisley and Pam Logan
Photo credit: Owen Jones