Dr Kenna Camp­bell MBE

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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