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Anna is Clackmannanshire's Citizen of the Year

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February 2011

Anna Forbes has been named Citizen of the Year 2010 at the seventh annual Clackmannanshire Awards ceremony.

The glittering event was held on Thursday 24th February at Alloa Town Hall hosted by Provost Derek Stewart.

Anna received the award in recognition of her decades of voluntary service to groups and organisations in Clackmannanshire.

Anna, first started her voluntary work in 1950 when she started the junior girls national training corp. Over the years she has been involved in the Guides, youth clubs, women's groups, playschemes, tenants and residents groups, neighbourhood watches and recently set up and over 50s club. She is currently a member of Alloa Central Community Council and chair of the Joint Community Council Forum.

She was presented with her prestigious honour by Lord Lieutenant Sheena Cruickshank.

A panel of judges made up of Trustees of the Lord Lieutenant's Fund selected 7 finalists in the Citizen of the Year category who were invited to attend the gala awards ceremony. As well as receiving a certificate, each finalist received a crystal vase sponsored by Glencairn Crystal.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Sheila Bulloch.

Amongst the many guests who enjoyed the gala award ceremony was Citizen of the Year 2009 Sandra Gruar.

The Enterprise in Education Award celebrates school/business partnerships and the contribution and engagement local business and partners have in supporting enterprising activities in schools.

The overall winners of the Determined to Succeed Award were:

RBS for the promotion of Skills for Life

The RBS have helped pupils at Abercromby Primary School with financial education. Staff from the bank helped during the school's 'Money Week' using the Moneysense programme developed by the bank. They are working with the school to establish the first RBS school bank in Clackmannanshire where pupils take on different roles so providing valuable skills for life.

Retroglass for the promotion of Entrepreneurial Learning

Retroglass has provided skills for life through working with the medium of glass. Lornshill Academy pupils have been involved in different projects involving them in design, production and selling their glass products. This has provided them with valuable entrepreneurial skills to use in their working life.

Jane Edwards for the promotion of Curriculum for Excellence

Jane Edwards has worked with Strathdevon Primary School (and other community groups) to promote Curriculum for Excellence in an outdoor learning environment across the whole curriculum from the Nursery Class to Primary 7.

The Sports Council Awards recognise outstanding ability, dedication and achievement in sport over the past year.

This year's winners are:

Junior Sports personality of the Year - Sponsored by the Wee County News
Shannon Hawke - Wrestling

Shannon, a member of Tullibody Wrestling Club, has won both the Scottish and English Championships for the past five years, when she has been crowned British Champion. In 2008 she represented GB in the world championships and won a bronze medal, and went on to compete in Norway in 2010 when she won a silver medal in the international Kolbotn Cup competition.

Senior Sports Personality of the Year - Sponsored by Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser
Steven Allan - Bowling

Steven had a fantastic 2010, staring the year by winning the singles championship at Alloa Indoor Bowling Club, where he is a member. He then won his club's outdoor championship, the district under-25s championship and represented the district at the national finals. He captained the Scottish under 25 team which won the 4 Nations home International series and will take part in the trials for the full international selection. Back indoors he took the World Indoor Bowls Singles under-25 crown in Nottingham in November.

Triumph Over Adversity - Sponsored by Machin Associates
Elizabeth Jackson - Various sports

Following an operation three years ago Elizabeth lost the use of her legs, and now uses a wheelchair. She had always competed in many sports and this continues. Elizabeth competes in horse riding, curling, swimming and athletics, winning 7 gold and 1 sliver medal in these sports including a Scottish senior championship. In horse riding she has gained her level 1 and 2 certificates and is working towards her level 3.

Enid Barton Coach of the Year Award
Colin Wright - Rugby

Hillfoots coach Colin coaches players who are new to rugby and gives them the skills to enable them to play and compete against other clubs. He has created a fantastic spirit amongst the U18 team and the players take pride in their identity. He displays a lot of patience and compassion which is balanced by firmness and understanding and has managed to keep experienced and novice players attending and enjoying their rugby.

School Team of the Year - The Judy Collier Trophy
Muckhart Primary School

Muckhart has a role of only 46 pupils who need to be the cross country, football, athletics, rugby, cricket, tri golf, swimming and badminton teams. In the past year they have won local competitions and been selected to represent Clackmannanshire in two national events. They have won competitions in cross country, rugby, kwik cricket, swimming and athletics winning trophies and medals in these events.

Team of the Year - Sponsored by Russel + Aitken
Hannah and Joanne Eccles

These sisters were the 1st British equestrian vaulting pair to win an FEI European medal, only the second medal GB had ever won at equestrian vaulting. They won every pairs competition they attended in GB and retained the British pairs title for the 8th year in succession. They also won a silver medal at the Pas De Deux at the International competition in Belgium. The Sports Council made an additional presentation to Joanne Eccles in recognition of her outstanding achievements including her individual vaulting gold at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in October.

Service to Sport - Sponsored by SALSC
Willie McAulay - Shooting

Willie is a member of the Scottish small bore rifle association and has been a member of Alloa and District Rifle Club for over 25 years. He works tirelessly to improve the standards in the sport, attending meetings and encouraging members to compete in competitions. He has been instrumental in increasing the club membership. He also carries out improvements to the ranges in his free time.

The event also saw the first ever Growing in Excellence awards, sponsored by Diageo, given to Council staff which celebrated our culture of providing outstanding customer service and leadership.

The awards were given to:

  • Excellent Customer Service: The Registrars for their 'Tell Us Once' initiative
  • Partnership Project: The Collaborative Education Programme which engaged disaffected school leavers
  • Leadership: Jane Menzies, Integrated Mental Health Manager, for her trust, approachability and for making her staff feel valued
  • Team of the Year: The Mail Team for their willingness to help and positive attitude to change
  • Overall Award: Corporate Emergency Response for staff's dedication and professionalism during the unprecedented winter weather

Provost Derek Stewart presented Lord Lieutenant Sheena Cruickshank, who retires this year, with a photo of the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

Provost Stewart said: "It is a privilege to host the Clackmannanshire Awards and celebrate the hard work and achievements of all the nominees. We all know people who give so much back to their communities but they don't always get the recognition they deserve. I would like to thank them for their continued commitment and dedication and acknowledge the many hours they have given for the good of others. The one thing all of them have in common is that they have the best interests of the community at their heart and it has been a pleasure to meet them and recognise their achievements.

"I have also really enjoyed hearing about the Clackmannanshire people who are leading the field in their chosen sport, particularly so many young people."