Modo volunteers honoured at awards

Demi-Li Gemmell and Toni McGonigle were nominated by Cllr Anne Allan for their contribution to Modo and the work it does.
Demi-Li Gemmell and Toni McGonigle were nominated by Cllr Anne Allan for their contribution to Modo and the work it does.

Two young academy pupils have received awards for their contribution to Modo and the work it does.

Demi-Li Gartshore (13) of Mintlaw Academy and Toni McGonigle (15) from Peterhead Academy were nominated in the Aberdeenshire Council Volunteer Awards by Buchan councillor Anne Allan.

The pair were presented with their awards at an event held at the council’s headquarters at Woodhill House in Aberdeen.

In his presentation of the awards to the pair, Provost, Hamish Vernal, said: “Demi-Li joined Modo immediately after her tenth birthday and has been a keen and regular participant ever since.

“She has recently started volunteering and has really risen to the challenge.

“Toni has been exceptional in her commitment and her responsibility.

“She has led groups in their preparation for routines at Ade-een and has worked tirelessly at galas and Drumming Up Peterhead and has been a brilliant peer mentor engaging young people in the Oot & Aboot programme.

“She is a real role model for young people to look up to,” he added.

Modo said it was delighted that the two were nominated and their volunteering had been recognised.

Martin Danziger, Modo’s creative director, told the Buchanie: “We are thrilled that Toni and Demi-Li have received these awards.

“Modo relies hugely on our volunteers to make our work possible and to be able to work with as many young people as we do and these two are brilliant examples of the enthusiasm, commitment and talent that we have in our volunteers.”

Modo was formed in 1995, and uses circus to engage young people across Aberdeenshire and to help them change their lives for the better.