Peterhead Sea Cadets officer in line for national youth award

S/Lt John Bowman has been shortlisted for hte National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2014 for his life changing work with local young people.
S/Lt John Bowman has been shortlisted for hte National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2014 for his life changing work with local young people.

The commanding officer of the Peterhead Sea Cadet Unit has been shortlisted for the National Youth Worker of the Year awards.

John Bowman, who works as a corporate lawyer for an oil firm, has raised £50,000 of funding for the organisation and played a part in an international exchange scheme.

He has been nominated for an award in the Uniformed Category which aims to celebrate the achievements of more traditional youth workers.

Commander (SCC) Ian Wilson MBE RNR, Senior Staff Officer nominated Mr Bowman and said he deserves recognition for the outstanding work he does.

He said: “The impact he has had on the lives of many of the cadets, in particular the more senior ones, is to instil confidence in them.

“He encourages them to face challenges, by going to sea on training ships, attending courses, and by getting them to regularly commit to teamwork and sporting events.

“Any parent who wants their son or daughter to be in an organisation that will bring the best out in their child would be rightly proud to be associated with John Bowman’s unit.”

Mr Bowman has been a key player in the International Cadet Exchange scheme which gives opportunities for cadets to connect with young people from as far afield as Austraia, Russia and South Korea .

His most recent cadets have gone into careers as teachers, dentists, fishermen or as members of the armed forces.

Three finalists have been shortlisted in each of the ceremony’s 12 categories.

The winners will be announced and presented with their award at the National Youth Worker of the Year awards dinner in Glasgow on Thursday, March 13.

Forth One DJ Grant Stott will be joined in presenting the awards by Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP.

The Sea Cadet Corps is a uniformed youth organisation for boys and girls aged between 10-18.

It aims to give them a head start in life with activities based on the traditions of the Royal Navy.