Community Awards

A number of Stonehaven residents were recognised last week for their efforts within the community.

At a ceremony last Tuesday night (February 21) in the Community Centre the three inaugural winners of the Community Award, the Hannah Dyson Award and the volunteers from the Tolbooth Museum were honoured.

Provost Bill Howatson, who presented the awards, emphasised the importance of community. He said: “Community is a rare form of life blood that motivates selfless people to do their best for themselves and those around them.”

When presenting the awards Provost Howatson paid tribute to the recipients. He described Margaret Edmundson, winner of the Community Award, as having done volunteering on an “industrial scale.”

He then went on to congratulate Sam Dickinson, who could not attend the awards ceremony due to his studies but his dad, James, collected the award on his behalf, on his “excellence academically” and the “courage, determination and spirit” he has shown following the serious car accident which left him disabled.

Finally the third winner of the Community Award, Carol Humphries, who organises Kevin’s Day, was praised for her “positive spirit” and her “determination” as she commemorates her son and continues his charitable work.

The winner of the Hannah Dyson Award, Sarah-Louise Milne was praised as at a young age she has “already established a very full track record of volunteering in various ways in the community.”

The Tolbooth volunteers were also recognised and a number of the volunteers attended the ceremony.

Provost Howatson praised the volunteers for turning the museum into a “major attraction” that is “punching above it’s weight.” He described the volunteers’ work as “spectacular.”

The three winners of the first ever Community Awards, spoke of their delight at winning the awards. Margaret Edmunson, who has been volunteering her whole life, said she was “very, very surprised” when she found out she won. She said: “I don’t think I have done anything special, it is just my way of life.”

Carol Humphries, who organises Kevin’s Day, said she didn’t know she had been nominated until she found out she had won.

She said she was surprised but was “really happy to be recognised in Stonehaven by the people of Stonehaven.”

James Dickinson, who collected the award on Sam’s behalf, explained how important the Stonehaven community was to Sam, particularly following the support he received after the accident.

Therefore the award was special to him as he was being recognised by people who mean a lot to him.