Deeside Volunteers recognised

Aberdeenshire Council Volunteers Reception hosted by Provost Hamish Vernal  with Maxine Smith
Aberdeenshire Council Volunteers Reception hosted by Provost Hamish Vernal with Maxine Smith

Deeside volunteers were recognised last week at a dedicated reception by the Aberdeenshire Provost.

More than 40 volunteers were invited to council headquarters for an evening reception hosted by Provost Vernal, including Michael Rattray, of the Ballater Charitable Chiels, May Hauxwell, from Aboyne, Maxine Smith, from Drumoak and Ms Carole Paterson, from Braemar.

Aberdeenshire Council Volunteers Reception hosted by Provost Hamish Vernal with May Hauxwell and Cllr Geva Blackett.

Aberdeenshire Council Volunteers Reception hosted by Provost Hamish Vernal with May Hauxwell and Cllr Geva Blackett.

Elected members who had nominated the volunteers for recognition were also in attendance.

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

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

Carol Paterson was recognised for her leading role as chair of Braemar Community Council. Maxine Smith for her strong interest in the local community and being member of the Crathes, Drumoak and Durris Community Council. She also became one of the founder members of KDP. May Hauxwell is a First Responder, providing vital assistance to people in times of need. She led a project to provide public access defibrillators in the communities of Mid-Deeside, stretching from Kincardine O’Neil to Dinnet. Michael Rattray was there to represent the Ballater Charitable Chiels, formed in 2000 to support young people with disabilities. To date, the group has raised more than £350,000.

Provost Webster said: “Volunteers are vital to the happiness and success of communities across Aberdeenshire and that’s something we can never underestimate.

“They help the most vulnerable people continue to play an active role their communities. They use their skills and passion to educate, entertain and inspire. They give their time freely for the benefit of others – often with little in the way of thanks.

“That’s why we want to recognise and celebrate their efforts. We want them to know that their efforts are valued – by us as the local council but more importantly by those who benefit directly from your support.”