Volunteering around Lochaber highlighted in annual VOSCARs
VOLUNTEERING in Lochaber was celebrated last week as community representatives gathered for the 2017 VOSCARs.
As part of national volunteers week, Voluntary Action Lochaber (VAL) hosted the awards at the Ben Nevis Hotel.
VAL manager Flora McKee told the Lochaber Times: ‘We would like to thank the Ben Nevis Hotel staff for their support, everyone who took part in the nominations, our independent panel of judges, master of ceremonies David Ogg, photographer Kim Ferguson and Iain Ferguson.
‘Thanks also to the Lochaber Community Partnership representatives who came along to present the awards. A final thanks to Highland Council, the Rotary Club of Lochaber and Strathmore Hotels which sponsored the event.’
The winners were: young volunteer, Jo Shepton; volunteer of the year, Maria MacDonald; best supporting organisation, West Highland Museum; board/ committee member of the year, Sarah Kennedy; organisation of the year, Lochaber Hope; good neighbour finalist, Myra Austin; and the lifetime achievement, John Hutchison.
Left to right: Maria MacDonald, Moyra Austin, Jo Shepton,a group from Lochaber Hope, Sarah Kennedy and John Hutchison (lifetime achievement award) and on behalf of West Highland Museum which was best volunteer supporting organisation.