The fifth Highland Third Sector Awards at Strathpeffer Pavilion also recognised exemplary young people presented with Saltire Summit certificates for outstanding voluntary achievement.
Winners from the area included Brian Devlin of Black Isle Cares, handed the Board Trustee of the Year accolade, and Dingwall-based Connecting Carers for its Walk500 initiative. Isla MacKinnon of Youth Highland picked up an award in the Youth Volunteer of 2017 category.
Mhairi Wylie, chief officer with the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) said: “The Third Sector is such an important part of ensuring the quality of life we experience here in Highland and without all our organisations, charities, paid staff and volunteers we really would be lost. We want to congratulate all our award recipients and celebrate the spirit and achievements of the whole sector.
“For us it continues to be important that this evening allows individuals receiving awards to share something of their experience and work with friends and family. It is actually quite touching to see what it means to the people accompanying the volunteers and staff receiving awards.”
The awards were presented this year by The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Local Senior Officer, John Macdonald.
Roll of Honour
Highland Partnership of 2017 – Highland Senior Citizens smf The Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Age and Alcohol Peer Education Project
Board Trustee of the Year 2017 – Brian Devlin, Black Isle Cares
Community Initiative of 2017 – Connecting Carers, Walk500 Initiative
Reducing Vulnerability through 3rd Sector Activity – Contact the Elderly and Badenoch and Strathspey Transport Company
Youth Volunteer of 2017 – Isla MacKinnon for Youth Highland and Lauren MacDonald for Leonard Cheshire
Volunteer of the year 2017 – Bob Matthew, Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company
Outstanding Achievement 2017 – Alistair McDonald, Apex Highland
Outstanding Voluntary Contribution 2017 – Billy Boyle, Legion Scotland, Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company and Strathspey Rugby Club
Social Enterprise of 2017 (Sponsored by Firstport) – Caberfeidh Horizons
Saltire Summit winner - Craig MacDonald, Emily Scott, Harwyn Geddes, Matthew Murphie, Shannon Fry, Shona Tait, Zac Harvey, Aeryn Cleary, Angus Mitchell, Isla MacKinnon, Verity Nichols.
Additionally the Highland Third Sector Interface recognise:
Flora McKee, from Voluntary Action Lochaber for her outstanding contribution as a member of staff within the Third Sector Interface.
Also in recognition of their support of the work of the HTSI and their commitment and willingness to develop a strengthened relationship with the Third Sector The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland will jointly receive the HTSI Partner Recognition Award 2017