The First Spirit of Volunteering Awards Results Are In
07 October 2016
Councillor Phillip Brett, Cadet Sergeant Eve Mathewson, Wendy Osbourne, Volunteer Now, Mrs Joan Christie OBE, Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Noreen McClelland, Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive and Rev. Campbell Dixon MBE.
The first Antrim and Newtownabbey Spirit of Volunteering Awards were held last night at Theatre at The Mill. The awards, organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in association with Volunteer Now, recognise individuals and groups who volunteer within the Borough. The ceremony was hosted by TV Broadcaster Claire McCollum with the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs. Joan Christie OBE in attendance at the event.
Speaking at the awards ceremony the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Noreen McClelland, commented: “I am extremely impressed by the sheer scale and variety of the volunteering activity undertaken in Antrim and Newtownabbey. These volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and abilities to helping others and I am pleased that the Council and its partners have recognised their efforts through these awards.”
The recipients of the 2016 Antrim and Newtownabbey Spirit of Volunteering Awards were:
Newcomer Award: Neil Carmichael, Newtownabbey Kickers
Team Spirit Award: Breakaway Blues, Rathcoole
Personal Achievement Award: Ergnat McLaughlin, Tidy Randalstown
Community Impact Award: Heather Murray, Citizens Advice Antrim and Newtownabbey
Mayor’s Award: Brenda Stephenson and May Wilson, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Lord-Lieutenant’s Award: Anne Conner, The Royal British Legion
Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering: Gerry Lynch, Tidy Randalstown
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council would like to thank the award sponsors for their support: Newtownabbey Rotary Club, Volunteer Now, G Force Amusements and EA Davies and Company.
Claire McCollum, Compere, Mrs Joan Christie OBE, Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Noreen McClelland and Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive.
Iain Patterson, EA Davies and Company presents Neil Carmichael, Newtownabbey Kickers with his award.
Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive, presents Gerry Lynch, Tidy Randalstown, with his award.