Recognition for Buchan volunteers at ceremony

Front Row (left to right) Christine Grant; Lorraine Wood; Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster; Liz Moir; Irvine Simpson.  Back Row: Cllr Lenny Pirie and Cllr Stephen Smith.
Front Row (left to right) Christine Grant; Lorraine Wood; Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster; Liz Moir; Irvine Simpson. Back Row: Cllr Lenny Pirie and Cllr Stephen Smith.

Aberdeenshire Council held its annual awards ceremony recently, recognising the hard work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers across the area.

The Aberdeenshire Council Volunteer Awards were held at the council’s headquarters in Woodhill House on Thursday, June 6.

Aberdeenshire councillors were invited to nominate two local residents for an award, in recognition of their outstanding voluntary work in the community.

Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councillor Stephen Smith nominated Liz Moir and Irvine Simpson, both of Boddam Community Council.

Liz is the founding secretary of BCC and was instrumental in setting up the Community Council after the previous one fell into abeyance.

Irvine is a well-known face around Boddam as he works hard to maintain the village’s flower tubs and carries out a lot of grass-cutting of the village’s green spaces.

Meanwhile, Central Buchan SNP councillor Lenny Pirie nominated Lorraine Wood and Christine Grant.

Lorraine spent 27 years volunteering with the Boys’ Brigade and is a fundraiser for Cornerstone, while Christine has is involved with animal charities, notably the Cats Protection League, which she has assisted for 16 years.

Commenting on the awards, Provost, Jill Webster, said: “The hard work of our many volunteers helps to boost civic pride in Aberdeenshire’s communities and undoubtedly contributes to our consistently high quality of life ratings.”