Tobermory says farewell to operations manager
GOODBYE Ian Stevens, Tobermory lifeboat operations manager, welcome Ian Stevens, vice chairman, writes Louise Glen.
On the evening of Saturday June 24, Tobermory RNLI’s crew, fundraisers, shop volunteers and their families surprised former lifeboat operations manager Ian Stevens with a presentation of an award from the RNLI.
Under the pretence of a midsummer party, Ian was given the thoroughly deserved Excellence in Volunteering award on behalf of the RNLI.
During his time as Tobermory lifeboat operation manager, the lifeboat has launched just under 200 times, rescuing 260 people.
His passion and commitment to all aspects of the lifeboat and station can be in no doubt and he has been pivotal in the success of the station, as well as building a close knit and highly- effective team.
The citation from Leesa Harwood, RNLI director of community lifesaving, referred to Ian’s enthusiasm, attitude and forward thinking as fully embodying the RNLI’s values.
Ian stood down in late April but is retaining his close involvement with the station as its new vice chairman.
Dr Sam Jones, former navigator and deputy launching authority has succeeded Ian as lifeboat operations manager, one of only a handful of women in the RNLI to hold the post.
Dr Jones said: ‘Ian epitomises the volunteer ethos of the RNLI. He has taken the station from strength to strength, building a station family which includes crew, fundraisers and shop volunteers.
‘His dedication and commitment over the years has been rightly recognised with this award from the RNLI. It’s a huge honour as well as a little bit daunting to be following in Ian’s footsteps but I am so pleased that as vice chairman he will still be at hand with his support and wise counsel.’
Dr Sam Jones presents the award to Ian Stevens as coxswain David McHaffie looks on.