Community and Hannah Dyson award winners

Michelle has won the community award for her numerous contributions to community groups in Stonehaven
Michelle has won the community award for her numerous contributions to community groups in Stonehaven

Stonehaven and District Community Council have announced the Community Award and the Hannah Dyson Award winners for 2014.

The Stonehaven Community Award goes to local resident Michelle Ward.

The Hannah Dyson Award for under-18s has gone to Mackie Academy pupil Dylan Coolahan.

Members of the public are asked to nominate outstanding members of the community over the age of 18 for the adult award, run in tandem with the Stonehaven Business Association and the local churches.

Introduced two years ago, it aims to highlight the valuable work carried out by adults in the community based on their excellence, merit or outstanding achievement.

Michelle has been involved in numerous community projects in Stoney, including Stonehaven Town Partnership reopening of the Bervie Braes, Open Air in the Square bringing Red Hot Chili Pipers and Simple Minds to the town and the Flood Relief Group that helped many after the deluge of 2012.

Michelle told the Mearns Leader: “I am extremely humbled to win this award.

“I only visited Stonehaven by chance.

‘‘It was a sunny day, the Folk Festival was on, I sat outside the Ship Inn down at the harbour and fell in love with this magical little place and I have been here ever since.

‘‘That was many years ago.

“Having arrived here with nothing, it’s fair to say that I have done okay and I want to put something back into this wonderful community.

‘‘Stonehaven is such a unique little place with very unique people, especially the voluntary organisations who work so hard for those who they help.

“It is an absolute privilege to be able to work alongside them and I have made many friends.

‘‘The greatest honour of all is to have been nominated for this accolade by Ruby Buchanan, she epitomises the spirit and endeavour of the good people of this town and has spent lifetime to the dedication of others and is far more deserved than me.

“Thank you so very much.”

The Hannah Dyson Award is run by Stonehaven and District Community Council, and Dylan was nominated for his work with the Sea Cadets and after coming to the aid of a gentleman who had collapsed.

Mackie Academy rector Louise Moir wrote in her Mackie Matters column in the Leader : “I was made aware this week that one of our students, Dylan Coolahan S5, has won the Hannah Dyson Award which is given by the Stonehaven Community Group.

“Dylan is the recipient of this award owing to the commitment he has shown to Sea Cadets as well as a specific humanitarian act he was involved in where he came to the aid of a gentleman who had collapsed.

“We are all very proud of him here at Mackie Academy and I look forward to attending the presentation in March when Dylan will receive his award.”