The Volunteer Awards Ceremony was held on 4th June in Lews Castle College, with over 100 attendees. Presented by Volunteer Centre Development Officers Kathryn Macleod and Kate Langley, the Awards aimed to recognise and reward volunteers from Lewis and Harris.
There was stiff competition for the main awards, with nominations from Harris received in all three categories – Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, and Organisation of the Year.
Ross Macleod was nominated for Young Volunteer of the Year by Roddy Mackenzie, for all his hard work and help with the Youth Club at the Scalpay Community Centre. Kathleen Duce (Rionnagan Og) Iain ‘Costello’ MacIver (Ceol na Cloinne) and Alice Read (HMIA) all received nominations for Volunteer of the Year, and the Tabert Church of Scotland Bus Drivers were nominated by Flora Ann Morrison. It was fantastic to see such strong nominations from the Harris Community.
Out of 9 nominees from across Lewis and Harrris Kathleen Duce came runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category. Kathleen was nominated by Candice Gilles, Alison Grant and Sandra Morrison for all her hard work with Rionnagan Og, the pre-school childcare provider in Tarbert.
Out of 5 organisations nominated the Tarbert Church of Scotland Bus Drivers received the Runner-Up award for Organisation of the Year.
The Harris Mutual Improvement Association received a certificate for completing the WAVE (Western Isles Award for Volunteering Excellence) Award, which was presented to the current Secretary Duncan MacKay. This award gives recognition to organisations that have adopted and implemented essential procedures and policies for their volunteers.
All individual nominees were given gift bags at the close of the ceremony, as a token of appreciation.
The Volunteer Awards Ceremony would not have been so successful without support from local businesses. From Harris, we would like to thank The Harris Garage, Skoon Cafe, Sea Harris, Kilda Cruises, Hotel Hebrides and Harris Tweed Isle of Harris for their contributions. We would also thank Cllr Catherine MacDonald for contributing ward funding towards the event. Moran Taing!