The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Dundee volunteer champion Kathryn Mackenzie


One of the leading figures in Dundee’s voluntary sector has died at the age of 60 after a short illness.

Kathryn Mackenzie was a founder of the Volunteer Informatio­n Point which later evolved into Volunteer Centre Dundee (VCD)

One former colleague described her as “a magical woman with huge compassion, integrity and intellect, and a giant heart”.

Ms Mackenzie, pictured, led VCD for 17 years, and was credited with “putting volunteeri­ng back on the map in Dundee”.

She was proud of the developmen­t of the Volunteer Friendly Award, backed by the Dundee Partnershi­p, which then developed into a nationally-recognised award.

She chaired the Volunteer Centre Network and was on the board of Volunteer Developmen­t Scotland. This took her, as Scottish rep, to Amsterdam for the World Volunteer Conference and Prague for the European Conference.

Ms Mackenzie was also invited to Bute House to meet the then First Minister, Jack McConnell.

Locally, she also served on the boards and committees of other organisati­ons, including Dundee Community Transport.

A qualified community worker, Ms Mackenzie was passionate about encouragin­g people to give their time freely for good causes.

She came to live in Dundee after a childhood which took her from her birthplace in Berlin to places such as Singapore and Cyprus.

Her family settled in Brora, and although her roots in the north were always strong, she felt Dundee was the place she belonged.

Her career began with a spell working at a playgroup in St Mary’s. It was then that she found her vocation and studied for her qualificat­ion as a community worker.

Other employers included Whitfield Sitter Service and Dundee Voluntary Action.

In 2014, she took on the role of managing volunteers at Ninewells Hospital.

Ms Mackenzie sang with Loadsaweem­insingin, played the piano and the guitar, and had recently been learning the traditiona­l fiddle.

Travel, DIY, her partner Christine and friends and family ensured a full life outside work. Ms Mackenzie died on May 30. A celebratio­n of her life will be held at Dundee Crematoriu­m tomorrow at 2pm.

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