Tober­mory says farewell to op­er­a­tions man­ager

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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