Stonehaven Volunteers Recognised

SBA's Niall Menzies, Cllr Carl Nelson, SDCC's Alistair Lawrie and Knud Christensen were on hand to present the Hannah Dyson and Community award to Catriona Aitken, Calum Smith and Ruby Buchanan
SBA's Niall Menzies, Cllr Carl Nelson, SDCC's Alistair Lawrie and Knud Christensen were on hand to present the Hannah Dyson and Community award to Catriona Aitken, Calum Smith and Ruby Buchanan

Stonehaven has saluted it’s local volunteers with the Community and Hannah Dyson awards being honoured last week.

Stonehaven and District Community Council announced the Community and Hannah Dyson Award winners for 2015 back in February. Ruby Buchanan was recognised in the Community Award with two pupils from Mackie Academy being presented with the Hannah Dyson Award.

The Hannah Dyson Award for under-18s went to Catriona Aitken and Calum Smith.

Members of the public are asked to nominate outstanding members of the community over the age of 18 for the adult award, run in tandem with the Stonehaven Business Association (SBA) and the local churches.

Introduced four years ago, it aims to highlight the valuable work carried out by adults in the community based on their excellence, merit or outstanding achievement.

Around 40 people attended Number 44 on Wednesday to see the volunteers recognised. Cllr Carl Nelson, SDCC Chair Knud Christensen and SBA’s Niall Menzies were on hand to present a trophy and scroll to the worth winners.

Ruby has been involved in numerous community projects, including Stonehaven Town Partnership land train, Open Air in the Square and the Floral Art Committee on which she has sat numerous times and is the current chair.

Ruby paid tribute to the youngsters and said thank you to everyone when she was promoted for a quick speech.

She said: “Thank you very much for this honour, I am humbled, but it is great to see the children doing so well, come on the next generation.”

For the Hannah Dyson Awards, both Catriona Aitken and Calum Smith were nominated through the school, having achieved some great academic success and been involved heavily in the community over the past year.

Catriona’s volunteers at her local Brownies and last year was presented with her Bronze Youth Achievement Award by the CLD team.

In addition, having an allergy to peanuts, she set up her own fundraising campaign this year for the Anaphylaxis Campaign. The 18-year-old has raised over £300 so far, mainly through a sponsored swim where she swam the equivalent of the English Channel in her local pool over six days.

Calum achieved A Grades in eight of his National 5 qualifications in 2014. He has continued his studies into Highers and has hopes of continuing into unversity.

The 16-year-old was also heavily involved in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. He is also young carer for his mother who is suffering the effects of a long term illness.