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Michelle and Dylan receive their awards

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Winners of the Hannah Dyson and Community Awards have received recognition at a ceremony held in Mackie Academy.

Local residents Michelle Ward and Dylan Coolahan received the Community Award and Hannay Dyson Award respectively.

The Hannah Dyson award is given to a young person under 18 years of age and who has achieved outstanding youth achievement, excellence or merit in one of the following areas: academic or sporting success, an act of bravery, outstanding caring or community service, special achievement despite limitations imposed by hardship, disability or long term illness or any other appropriate kind of excellence.

The Community Award, similar to the Hannah Dyson, calls on members of the public to nominate outstanding members of the community over the age of 18, run in tandem with the Stonehaven Business Association, local churches and Stonehaven and District Community Council.

Michelle Ward has been involved in numerous community projects inthe town, including Stonehaven Town Partnership reopening of the Bervie Braes, Open Air in the Square bringing Red Hot Chili Pipers and Simple Minds to the town and the Flood Relief Group that helped many after the deluge of 2012.

Dylan received the award owing to the commitment he has shown to Sea Cadets as well as a specific humanitarian act he was involved in when he came to the aid of a gentleman who had collapsed.

Michelle said: “I am very humbled to received this award, I’d like to thank Ruby Buchannan for nominating me and to all the other volunteers who are a pleasure to work with.

Dylan added: “I’m absolutely delighted to get this award as I didn’t think I’d be the type of person to receive it. I would like to thank Kevin Morrison for nominating me and I think he should get his own award too.”

 

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