Deadline for Inspiring Aberdeenshire nominations extended

Organisers of an Aberdeenshire award ceremony have extended the deadline for nominations.

People have already been nominating those in their communities for an Inspiring Aberdeenshire Award and this year organisers have extended the deadline by a fortnight, to allow for even more recognition. You now have until Wednesday, February 15 at noon to get your submissions in.

To mark the extension, Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal was joined by pupils from Banff Primary who have been knitting, naming and decorating six butterflies, the theme of the event, to promote Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2017.

Six pupils from primaries one to four joined the Provost along with the butterflies that they named - Spot, Garfield, Sally, Joshua, Blueberry and Brandon.

Dorothy Reid is their teacher. She said: “The pupils have been really excited by this project and getting to take part in something to promote such an important event is an honour. They really enjoyed taking part and their work is very impressive.”

Aberdeenshire Provost, Hamish Vernal, said: “I have been in many photos in my time as Provost of Aberdeenshire, but never before have I shared the screen with butterflies, not least ones as special as these. To also be joined by the pupils who created them was a great way to mark this nomination extension.

“I hope that people are inspired by our butterflies, and by the pupils’ hard work, to get their nominations in for this year’s awards.

“Anybody can nominate a person or group for an Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2017 award – and we want to recognise as broad a range of community heroes as possible.”

There are ten award categories, including a ‘Best Of’ honour for each of Aberdeenshire’s six administrative areas: Banff and Buchan; Buchan; Formartine; Garioch; Kincardine and Mearns; and Marr.

There are also four special awards:

• Outstanding Leader Award: awarded to someone who can demonstrate outstanding examples of leadership

• Young Leader: a person aged 25 or under who has shown leadership skills by helping others or contributing to their community

• The Doric Award: awarded to an individual or group promoting Doric in Aberdeenshire, such as within a school, community or heritage group

• Pupil Voice: nominated and voted for by pupils

Aberdeenshire Council Co-Leader, Cllr Richard Thomson, said: “Inspiring Aberdeenshire is a great opportunity to recognise those who are doing that bit extra to improve their communities for the benefit of everyone.

“I’d encourage everybody who has seen the good work done by others to put them forward for recognition in our 2017 event.”

Co-leader, Cllr Alison Evison, said: “I am delighted that the deadline for these awards has been extended, giving more people more time to spread the word and get their community stars the recognition they deserve.

“The huge range of Inspiring Aberdeenshire finalists we’ve seen at past events is very impressive - we’ve seen very clearly how volunteers, arts groups, support organisations and individuals are improving the lives of those around them.

“We can only award those whose good deeds we are aware of, so please do nominate individuals or groups in your area whom you feel merit an award."

To cast your nominations, please fill out the online form at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/IAbsh2017 by midday on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

It’s important to fill in the form completely, otherwise your vote won’t count. Nominations cannot be taken forward without fully explaining the reasons for the recognition. For a print version, email: news@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

If you are an individual or business interested in supporting Inspiring Aberdeenshire through sponsorship, please email Lynne Gravener: lynne.gravener@aberdeenshire.gov.uk