Self­less com­mu­nity vol­un­teers are given their just re­wards

The Oban Times - - News -

IN­DI­VID­U­ALS and schools from the Isle of Skye and Raasay have re­ceived recog­ni­tion for the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion they make to their com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the Eilean a’ Cheò civic awards.

This is the sixth year of the awards, which are or­gan­ised by Skye and Raasay coun­cil­lors to recog­nise peo­ple from all age groups and walks of life who have con­trib­uted to the suc­cess and well­be­ing of their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The Com­mu­nity Award was pre­sented to Mary Macken­zie from Kil­muir, a stalwart of the com­mu­nity coun­cil and vil­lage hall com­mit­tee for decades. She was nom­i­nated by Kil­muir Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

Ni­cholas Kelly from Broad­ford re­ceived the Young Peo­ple Award af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by Broad­ford and Strath Com­mu­nity Coun­cil for work­ing tire­lessly with the youth club in Broad­ford to pro­vide a safe and fun place for young peo­ple in south of the is­land.

Raasay Com­mu­nity Coun­cil suc­cess­fully nom­i­nated Roger Hutchin­son for a Sport Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to foot­ball since mov­ing to the is­land many years ago. Roger has given of his time to coach the chil­dren and young peo­ple on a reg­u­lar weekly ba­sis and has been in­volved in coach­ing in Raasay Pri­mary School.

The Arts/ Mu­sic Award went to the pupils at Dun­ve­gan and Portree Pri­mary schools. The En­vi­ron­ment Award went to Alis­tair McPher­son from Broad­ford, who vol­un­teers with the Broad­ford and Strath Com­mu­nity Com­pany for en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments in the area. Su­san Walker from Ca­muscross re­ceived the En­ter­prise Award af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by the Ca­muscross and Duis­dale Ini­tia­tive, for which she has been a key mem­ber.

The chair­man of the Isle of Skye and Raasay com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Drew Mil­lar, said: ‘There is a lot of hard work and vol­un­tary ef­fort that goes un­recog­nised in the ward and this is a way of show­ing our ap­pre­ci­a­tion and say­ing thank you and well done.’

The win­ners pic­tured with the Skye coun­cil­lors. Miss­ing from the photo is Mary MacKen­zie for the com­mu­nity cat­e­gory.

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