A shortlist of 32 finalists has been published for Inspiring Aberdeenshire.
The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of residents and staff working across the area to support communities, and attracted over 160 nominations.
Finalists include people who helped communities to recover from flooding; council staff; community theatre; youth groups; adult groups; volunteers; community news outlets; pipers; fundraisers and Doric enthusiasts.
Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal said: “Inspiring Aberdeenshire is an opportunity to recognise and thank people who work hard to raise money for charity; support people with disabilities and those who nurture young people – all of the finalists have inspiring stories to share.
“I wish everyone the best for the ceremony in June and am looking forward to learning more about them all and the work they do.
“It is especially heartening to see people who supported our communities during the recent flooding on the shortlist and the awards are an opportunity to provide thanks to those who work tirelessly for others.”
The annual event is in its fourth year and is organised by Aberdeenshire Council. The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place at Haddo House on Friday June 17, 2016.
The finalists, over ten categories, include those nominated for the new Doric Award including quine Moira Raeburn, 56, wha belongs tae Glass, between Huntly and Dufftown, who said: “I dae a lot of concerts, recitals and singing in Doric through Bothy Ballads and am fair tricket ti be an Inspiring Aberdeenshire finalist. Ehm lookin forward to the event in the summer, it’ll be affa fine!”
Moira was nominated for her work entertaining at nursing homes, burns suppers as well as with local organisations.
Co Leader Councillor Martin Kitts Hayes added: “The talents and service of people across the area are awe inspiring and the awards are aptly named. I look forward to the ceremony in June where we can meet the finalists, learn more about them and celebrate their fantastic efforts.”
In the Best of Kincardine and Mearns Hollie Smith, Fred Stewart and Young at Heart Portlethen Academy are nominated who we hope to speak to in the coming weeks.