Five community heroes accepted awards by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and the sponsors for each category.
Almost 100 people and organisations were nominated for an award in the five award categories, which were revamped last year.
The award winners, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the event.
This year’s winners were:
Employer of the Year award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark MacMillan) – Lorna Bradley, Paisley
Sporting Achievement award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – Ross Paterson, Paisley
Community Volunteer award (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Arlene Clark, Renfrew
Community Group award (sponsored by Piazza shopping centre, Paisley) – I Am Me, Renfrewshire
Carer’s award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Amanda Macdonald, Glenburn
Provost Hall said: “It is always important to recognise and honour the many dedicated people who do so much for others in the community, often without looking for anything in return. The huge number of nominations is a great indicator of the good that takes place daily within our communities, so deciding on five winners is always a hard thing to do.
“The five winners have dedicated much of their own personal time to helping others and are a true inspiration. As I listen to their stories, I am humbled and moved by how they have overcome adversity to make the lives of those around them better.
“I also honoured nine community stalwarts with a Distinction Certificate, who have helped to shape and transform our communities over the years. Their contributions have benefited many in the community.”
Provost Hall awarded Distinction Certificates to nine community champions to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions they have made to Renfrewshire. The certificates were awarded to Maureen Brough, Lesley Compston, Jessie James, Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Elizabeth McLean, Alan Madden, Sheila Patterson and Doreen Polson.
Image 1: Lorna Bradley, manager of Stepping Stones nursery and winner of the Employer of the Year Award, with Renfrewshire Council’s Depute Leader Mike Holmes
Image 2: Ross Paterson, winner of the Sporting Achievement Award, with Ken Sinclair, Health and Safety Manager, Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services
Image 3: Arlene Clark, winner of the Community Volunteer Award, Glasgow Airport’s Communications Manager, Nicola Macnaughton.
Image 4: Carol Burt, founder of I Am Me project and winner of the Community Group Award, with Maureen Hill, Centre Manager of Paisley’s Piazza shopping centre.
Image 5: Amanda Macdonald, winner of the Carer’s Award, with former Provost Nancy Allison.
Image 6: Community Award winners Back l-r Ross Paterson, I Am Me team – Megan Milligan, Carol Burt and Fiona McIntyre, and Lorna Bradley. Front l-r Amanda Macdonald, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and Arlene Clark.
Image 7: Lesley Compston with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 8: Jessie James with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 9: Robert Knox with his Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 10: Margaret Lavery with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 11: Elizabeth McLean with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 12: Alan Madden with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 13: Sheila Patterson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 14: Doreen Polson with her Distinction Certificate and Provost Anne Hall
Image 15: Distinction Certificates Back l-r Robert Knox, Margaret Lavery, Lesley Compston and Elizabeth McLean. Front l-r Sheila Patterson, Doreen Polson, Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, Jessie James and Alan Madden. Not pictured – Maureen Brough.