The North Ayrshire Provost’s Civic Pride Awards were presented at a glittering Oscar’s-themed ceremony in Seamill Hydro last Friday evening (March 20).
Over the past few weeks, local residents have been voting for their favourites in six categories recognising individuals and groups who have excelled in their contributions to life in North Ayrshire. There was also a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Council Leader Willie Gibson.
Provost Joan Sturgeon said she was “overwhelmed by the standard of all 15 award-nominees”, whom she described as “all deserving winners”, adding, “we are lucky to have so many people living in North Ayrshire who are willing to make a positive difference to the community and to the lives of others”.
The winners are:
Provost's Award - Irvine Burns Club & Irvine Lasses Burns Club
The club does more than simply promote an interest in the works of Robert Burns. With the support of the Irvine Lasses Burns Club, its numerous projects embrace and promote an interest in local history and heritage as well as encouraging the performing arts, creative writing and poetry.
Lifetime Achievement Award - Bobby Lennox
Saltcoats man Bobby (pictured) is a legend of Scottish football. Signed by Celtic from Ardeer Recreation in 1961, Bobby went on to score 273 goals for the club, winning 11 League Championships, 8 Scottish Cups and 5 League Cups. Bobby, of course, was also a member of Celtic’s greatest-ever side, the Lisbon Lions, who became the first UK side to win the European Cup, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in the 1967 final. Bobby was capped 10 times for Scotland.
Citizen of the Year Award - Joe Broussard
Mr Broussard has been involved with various groups in Kilwinning for a considerable number of years and is chairman of Keep Kilwinning Tidy and the Promoting Kilwinning group, which is responsible for two events in the town each year. He also helped Kilwinning to obtain ‘Fairtrade Town’ status.
Citizen of the Year Award - Peer Mentors - Becky Maxwell, Scott Menzies and Kori-Lee Dickie
Peer mentors from Ayrshire Communities Education and Sport were nominated in recognition of their continued commitment to supporting young people from the community. Becky, Scott and Kori-Lee regularly give up their evenings, weekends and school holidays to deliver intervention and diversionary activities to give young people positive life-choices.
Arts and Culture Award - Irvine Burns Club & Irvine Lasses Burns Club
(See Provost’s Award information).
Sport Award - Danielle Joyce
Danielle is an inspiration to other young deaf people and is training to be an ambassador for UK Deaf Sport. Despite being profoundly deaf in one ear and severely deaf in the other, Danielle has not let it hold her back. In 2014 she set eight deaf world-records and nine European deaf records. In November she won the Young Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Community Group Award - Largs First Responders Unit
The Largs First Responder Unit is a group of volunteers who give up their time to help protect the lives of others. Team Members are trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators and the treatment of a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions.
The Provost’s Civic Pride Awards event was sponsored by Marley Contract Services, Cunninghame Housing Association, ANCHO, Irvine Housing Association, KA Leisure, and raised a magnificent £18,000 for two nominated charities – Ayrshire Hospice and Cash for Kids (West).