The finalists have been announced for the 2019 Celebrate Aberdeen Awards.
Introduced last year, the event recognises and celebrates the huge contribution which the city’s third sector makes to thousands of lives across Aberdeen City and Shire.
It follows on from the Celebrate Aberdeen Weekend, which takes place each year at the end of August and features a parade down the city’s Union Street, Union Street mile races and musical and dance performances at various venues across the city centre.
The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony held at the P&J Live on Saturday, September 14th. Thanks to the generosity and financial support of the region’s business community which sponsors the awards night, all third sector guests and their friends and families will attend the event for free.
Commenting on the standard of award entries, Celebrate Aberdeen founder, Morven Mackenzie said: “It was humbling and heart-warming to see the scope and standard of submissions we received this year.
“We knew we would get some great applications as there are so many amazing individuals and wonderful organisations working in the third sector in this area. Once again though we were blown away to receive so many truly inspiring entries. The judges had an incredibly difficult time choosing the top three for each category and genuinely felt that absolutely everyone who entered deserves an award.
“The more work we do with the third sector in Aberdeen, the more we realise just how important it is to the city. There are so many charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups working incredibly hard for the benefit of others, often without a huge amount of recognition. We hope that through Celebrate Aberdeen we can help shine a light on just some of that work and some of those people.
“Our own team of Celebrate Aberdeen volunteers is incredibly proud to be able to play a part in helping promote some of the fantastic fundraising, volunteering and service provision that happens all the time here in the North-east.”
This year’s principal Celebrate Aberdeen sponsors are CNOOC International, Wood, CNR International and Chrysaor.
More information about Celebrate Aberdeen can be found at www.celebrateaberdeen.org
The finalists are:
Large Organisation Of The Year
• Sport Aberdeen
• The ARCHIE Foundation
Small Organisation Of The Yea
• Charlie House
• Shazam Theatre Company
• Sunrise Partnership
Young Supporter Of The Year
• Ryan Bannerman, Future Choices
• Emily Findlay, Various
• Thorfinn Raeburn, Various
Staff Member Of The Year
• Katrina Michie, Shopmobility
• Frances Rae, PAH Scotland
• Suz Strachan, SensationALL
Volunteer Of The Year
• George Berstran, NSPCC Scotland – Childline Aberdeen
• Heather Dalgarno, Friends Of Anchor
• Kirsten Farquhar, Friends Of The Neuro Ward
Fundraiser Of The Year
• Ahphun Allan Rossiter, Me Too!
• Evan Christie, The ARCHIE Foundation
• Alana Stott, PAH Scotland
Event Of The Year
• Cancer Research UK, Relay For Life Turriff
• Friends Of Anchor, Courage On The Catwalk
• Inspire, Happily Never After Pantomime
Campaign Of The Year
• Asthma And Allergy Foundation, My Breathe Is Life
• Northsound Cash For Kids, Mission Christmas
• Sue Ryder, Dee View Appeal
Team Of The Year
• Charlie House
Corporate Partnership Of The Year
• Baird Family Hospital & Aberdeen SANDS
• Equinor & TechFest
• Sport Aberdeen & Me Too!
Heart Of The Community
• Marion Douglas
• Michelle Herd
• Bryan Mackenzie
• Norma Thomson