The winners of the 2018 Eilean a’ Cheὸ Civic Awards have been announced.
Jim Campbell, Steve and Marilyn Clarke, volunteers at the Crossroads Care Charity Shop, Caroline Clouston, Calum Campbell, Hannah Buchan, Jenny Duffill and Nan MacKinnon and Monica MacDougall all received recognition for their work in numerous local fields.
Jim Campbell won in the Arts/Music section for his work at Cuillin FM. Jim spent five years organising Cuillin FM programming, as well as working as a director of the station for seven years.
Steve and Marilyn Clarke received recognition in the Community category for their work with the Skye and Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau. They have volunteered at the Bureau for 14 years, spending approximately 9,300 hours working there and collectively assisting over 1,000 clients.
Crossroads Care Charity Shop Volunteers won the Enterprise category. It was stated: "Without this band of volunteers some families in Skye and Lochalsh would struggle for respite from caring duties as they would not be able to afford it. The volunteers make sure all the donations get the highest price possible to ensure that the most money is made for the cause and are very proud in all that they do."
Caroline Clouston won the Environment category. Caroline was nominated by Bob and Ann Danskin for her work in taking part and promoting community projects. Caroline was recently involved in the Obbe Path upgrade and is the responsible individual for coordinating shore berthing and management of boats and trailers in Kyleakin. Caroline also takes an active role in other projects including posting up dog fouling signs and was recently involved in improving the environment at the village War Memorial.
Football coach, Calum Campbell, won the Sport Category. Calum has been involved in coaching since the early 1990's when his sons attended school. He is the Chairman of the Skye and Lochalsh junior football league and has taught at the primary school for so many years that he is now teaching a second generation of children!
Hannah Buchan, described as an "inspirational and thoughtful individual" won the Young People's category. Nominated by Kay MacDonald, Hannah has been a loyal friend to Fiona, who has Downs Syndrome. Throughout Primary and High School, Hannah made sure Fiona was "included in playground games and school dances."
Nan MacKinnon and Monica MacDougall received recognition in the Young People category. Nominated by Broadford Parent Council, Monica and Nan have volunteered at Broadford Primary School for 12 and 10 years respectively. Both offer support and encouragement to the staff and their work has been described as "invaluable."
Jenny Duffill received a Certificate of Recognition thanks to her relentless voluntary work in her local community. Jenny, who runs the weekly pensioner's lunch club and a local craft group, was a driving force being the Lamb To Loom exhibition about Minginish weaving. Jenny plans, prepares, cooks and services the pensioner's lunches, which are enjoyed by around 12-15 attendees. It was noted: "The hidden work which goes on behind all Jenny’s volunteering and organising is undertaken selflessly, with good heart and is more than worthy of community recognition."