Shire celebration launched

Aberdeenshire Council is inviting nominations across a range of categories as part of an event to celebrate the achievements, hard work and successes of our children, communities and staff.

Led by the Education, Learning and Leisure (EL&L) service, Inspiring Aberdeenshire will see a civic reception hosted in Aboyne on Friday, June 7, where a number of awards will be presented to people from across the area.

There are 11 categories, including ‘Best of’ awards for Banff and Buchan, Buchan, Formartine, Garioch, Kincardine and Mearns and Marr. These will be presented to a child, young person or employee, living or working in the above areas and making an outstanding contribution to education, learning or leisure.

The other categories consist of the Extra Mile Award for a Staff Member, Aberdeenshire’s STAR Award, Outstanding Leader of the Year Award, Aberdeenshire is a Creative Place Art Competition and the Provost’s Award.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “It is important that we always take the time to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of people across Aberdeenshire, whether they are a pupil at one of our schools, part of a community group or member of staff.

“There are so many great things going on across education, learning and leisure and this is an opportunity to share and celebrate these examples.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Ron McKail, added: “Inspiring Aberdeenshire is a fantastic way of bringing together those who really go above and beyond in terms of enriching education, leisure and learning in the area.

“I very much look forward to learning more about the nominations as they come in.”

Nomination forms, which must be returned by Thursday, April 25, are available on the council website via the following link

Anyone can nominate a person or group for an Inspiring Aberdeenshire award and completed forms should be returned to