The winners of the 2016 Pride of Aberdeen Awards
Sunday November 13th 2016 at 1:07 PM
The winners of this year’s Pride of Aberdeen Awards have been unveiled at a star studded ceremony.
Blue Lights Hero Award with Specialist Cars Renault and Dacia – David Gauld
David is the longest serving First Responder for the Scottish Ambulance Service in Aberdeenshire, working even past retirement. He coordinates the Inverurie Responder scheme and is a well-known and respected member of the community.
Teacher of the Year Award with Andron Facilities Management – Jenny Watson
Jenny is the Head Teacher of Middleton Park School in Aberdeen and is credited as the driving force behind the school’s exceptional performance in nationwide rankings, becoming the only school in the history of Aberdeen to ever receive 11 out of 12 “excellent” gradings in a recent HMIE Inspection Report.
Health and Safety Award – Garrith Glennie
Despite ill health, Garrith continues to ensure his business flourishes with kind nature, dedication, and passion for customer service.
Search and Rescue Award with Apache North Sea – The Ballater Firefighters
Going above and beyond the call of duty, the Firefighters in Ballater responded tirelessly to the flooding after Storm Frank and, with no concern for their own personal safety or wellbeing, rescued over 200 residents of Ballater with no loss of life.
Carer of the Year Award with La Pink Dog Spa and Boutique – Anna and Jonathan Cordiner
After losing Kayleigh, their young daughter, Anna and James started their own charity “Kayleigh’s Wee Stars” to provide essential financial support to families who have a child with a terminal illness.
Employer of the Year Award with Genesis Personnel – Queen’s Cross Nursery Ltd.
A small nursery run by volunteers and members of Queen’s Cross Church, who give up their free time to operate a successful nursery attached to the church. Always compassionate, supportive, and caring.
Community Venture Award with Aberdeen FC Community Trust – Fly Cup Catering
A company set up for adults with learning disabilities, Fly Cup Catering provides a supportive work and training environment to develop self-esteem, social and economic benefits by enabling adults with learning disabilities to access training and employment opportunities within catering.
Sporting Achievement Award – Neil Fachie MBE
Not just an amazing sportsperson, but a person dedicated to raising awareness of disabled sport who focuses on ability rather than disability. Neil recently took silver at the Rio Paralympic games, launched a fundraising event for a charity, presented at a primary school, and gave a talk at Aberdeen Sports Village.
Contribution to Music Award – The Capollos
An alternative rock band based in Aberdeen consisting of frontmen Kyle and Lloyd MacDonald, Greg Adams and Brett Thain, the Capollos played for Elton John’s VIP dinner at the AECC and for legendary Britpop band Cast.
One to Watch Music Award – Marc Culley
Over the last couple of years, Marc’s done gigs all over Aberdeen and the North East. Recently, he’s supported Shaun Ryder of Happy Monday’s fame at the Beach Ballroom. He always puts his all into his performances.
Business Personality of the Year Award with Cairndon – Dr Alison Burke
Alison has worked tirelessly over the course of five years to do major conservation projects, develop a new Art Gallery, and build a relationship with the community from Drum Castle. She brings true passion for heritage and conservation of history to work with her every day.
Tourism and Hospitality Award with The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa – Elma McMenemy
A person who goes beyond the expected to ensure all who visit Aberdeen have memories they will cherish, learn about the area, and experience all there is to see and enjoy. Elma specialises in ancestral tourism, whisky and guiding in English and Norwegian.
Countryside Award with BONBON Peterhead – Lochter Activity Centre
Lochter Farm has transformed into a popular trout fishery and activity centre over the last 16 years. Thousands of people come from all over each year for functions, weddings, birthday celebrations, the occasional stag and hen do, family fun days, fishing competitions and more.
Armed Forces Award with Arnold Clark – Horseback UK
Based in Aboyne, Horseback UK aid in the recovery of wounded war veterans. The team help rebuild the confidence and, in some cases, mobility to re-enter civilian life.
Local Citizen of the Year Award with Balmoral Group – Audrey Wood
Audrey lost her only son seven years ago after a helicopter crashed returning from the North Sea. Since then, Audrey has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local RNLI through local Ladies Day events between Aberdeen and Banff. In her spare time, Audrey is a First Responder in Newmachar and fundraises for the local responders. To top it all, she’s a trained nurse, which is her day job!