Dr Kenna Campbell MBE
In the Queen’s birthday honours list, Dr Kenna Campbell was awarded an MBE ‘for services to the promotion of the Gaelic language, music and Gaelic-medium education’.
A glimpse at Kenna’s CV will immediately reveal why she fully deserves this honour. Among many other things, she taught at the first fèis in Barra in 1981, was an early trustee of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is a board member of PNA and An Lòchran. She also played a big part in the campaign to establish the first Gaelic-medium primary education provision in Glasgow in 1985.
It is, however, on a more personal level that I think she deserves the award. The countless Gaelic singers to whom she has freely imparted her expertise will all attest to her kindness, her patience and her passion for passing on her wisdom and knowledge - gleaned both from her classical singing education and her rich Gaelic upbringing on Greepe, Skye.
I count myself very lucky to be among those who have enjoyed and benefited from many wee singing sessions and blethers with Kenna, and I am delighted that she has been honoured appropriately for her immeasurable dedication.