Volunteers celebrated at Provost’s reception

Councillor Brian Topping, Marna Mair, Joyce Taylor, Provost Jill Webster, Mike Summers, George Macrae and Councillor Charles Buchan.
Councillor Brian Topping, Marna Mair, Joyce Taylor, Provost Jill Webster, Mike Summers, George Macrae and Councillor Charles Buchan.

The ‘selfless spirit’ shown by the scores of volunteers in communities across Aberdeenshire has been recognised by the Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster at a dedicated reception.

More than 40 volunteers were invited to the council’s Woodhill House headquarters on Tuesday, June 10, for an evening reception hosted by the Provost.

Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Colin Mackenzie and elected members who had nominated the volunteers for recognition were also in attendance.

Following a welcome from Provost Webster, the volunteers each received a certificate in recognition of their efforts.

The volunteers, many representing local groups, have been supporting their communities in a wide range of roles.

Among those attending were individuals who had been involved in community groups for several decades, others providing life-saving help in times of emergency, and some who had helped get local initiatives and facilities off the ground.

Fraserburgh councillors Brian Topping and Charles Buchan each nominated two volunteers.

Councillor Topping nominated Marna Mair, who has been a guider for approximately 50 years and has been involved in guiding in Fraserburgh for 30 years.

Cllr Topping also put forward Joyce Taylor who has been involved in guiding in Fraserburgh for 26 years and carries out several roles within and outwith the area as well as volunteering work for her church.

Councillor Charles Buchan nominated Mike Summers who is chairman of Cairnbulg Harbour Trustees and the Invercairn Gala, as well as being a community councillor. He has been a Trustee for 30 years, and Chair for the last 15 years. Mike’s work with the gala plays a large part in supporting the twin villages’ community projects.

Cllr Buchan also put forward George Macrae who has been involved with a number of groups over the years, including Fraserburgh Limited, Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association, the North East of Scotland Fishermen’s Training Association and Banff, Buchan College’s management committee, the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh Academy School Board, Fraserburgh Trader’s Association and Fraserburgh Forward. George was also instrumental in setting up Kinnaird Radio Limited in 1995.

Commenting, Provost Webster said: “The last few years have been particularly challenging across the country as we’ve seen increased pressure on services, and the ever-increasing need to ‘do more with less’.

“But even in the toughest of times, volunteers are there, innovating and inspiring across Aberdeenshire. It is their selfless spirit that fuels the excellent quality of life the area is known for.

“The reception was our small way of recognising the efforts of Aberdeenshire’s volunteers and letting them know how much they’re appreciated.”