Kincardine and Mearn’s volunteers were recognised last week at a dedicated reception by the Aberdeenshire Provost.
More than 40 volunteers were invited to council headquarters for an evening reception hosted by Provost Vernal, including Stonehaven’s Ian Hunter, Laurencekirks Rosemary Reilly and Gourdon’s Bridget O’Hare, and Sally Wilkins,
Elected members who had nominated the volunteers for recognition were also in attendance.
Following a welcome from Provost Vernal, the volunteers each received a certificate in recognition of their efforts.
The volunteers, many representing wider groups, have been supporting their communities in a wide range of roles.
Rosemary is a member of the Mearns Area Partnership and is involved in a range of community issues affecting Laurencekirk and the Mearns.
She has been a valuable member of the Mearns Community Campus Stakeholder Group and was very diligent in working with community groups in the area and liaising with council officers to help to ensure that community needs are best catered for in the area and the new buildings.
Ian has been an active and productive volunteer for many years and on many issues. He is, and has been for many years, a member of Stonehaven and District Community Council which he then represents on the Kincardineshire Development Partnership.
He also sits on the Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning Group and is passionate about community engagement and empowerment, and has set up forums to consider a range of topics – such as transport and the interests of the older community.
Ian has been active in the Mill of Benholm Board, finding ways of making this idyllic place sustainable. Ian also founded and remains committed to community radio station Mearns FM and can often be seen at community events with a microphone seeking out people to interview.
Both Rosemary and Ian were nominated for recognition by Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Willie Munro.
Bridget and Sally have each served Gourdon Community Council for more than 20 years, volunteering their time to support their group and feed into matters affecting the local community. They had been nominated for recognition of their efforts by Cllr George Carr.
Provost Vernal said the volunteers provided a vital role in their communities, with their personal touch ensuring that those who might otherwise feel isolated have the opportunity to get involved in community activities.
Provost Vernal said: “Volunteers are vital to the happiness and success of communities across Aberdeenshire and that’s something we can never underestimate.
“They help the most vulnerable people continue to play an active role their communities. They use their skills and passion to educate, entertain and inspire. They give their time freely for the benefit of others – often with little in the way of thanks.
“That’s why we want to recognise and celebrate their efforts. We want them to know that their efforts are valued – by us as the local council but more importantly by those who benefit directly from your support.”