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Provost's Civic Pride Awards 2018 finalists revealed

Posted on 7 Feb 2018

The wait is over and our 15 fantastic finalists can be revealed.

Provost Ian Clarkson and his team of judges – Depute Provost Robert Barr and Councillors John Bell, Marie Burns, Scott Davidson, Alex Gallagher and Ellen McMaster - had the tough task of sifting through an impressive number of entries nominated by the public.

They have now selected three finalists in each of the five categories for the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards 2018 – and the public will now have the chance to pick their winners.

Provost Clarkson said: “Once again, we have received a fantastic number of nominations.

“The calibre was exceptionally high and the panel had a really tough task to narrow the field down to just three finalists for each category.

“I would like to thank my fellow judges for helping to decide on our finalists and I’m sure I speak for all of them when I say it was a very humbling experience to read about all the great work carried out by people and groups across North Ayrshire.

“Now, it’s up to the public to find their winners amongst all these amazing finalists and I want to wish all of them the very best of luck.”

The complete list of the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards finalists 2018 is:

The North Ayrshire Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by Marley Contract Services

Allison McGookin- Allison is a driving force for good in her community. She is a Beaver leader with the 52nd Saltcoats group and secretary of Raise Your Voice Ardeer - a local community group running at Ardeer Community Centre. Most Friday evenings, you will find Allison donating time at the Ardrossan Foodbank.

Ryan Moir - Ryan, who is also nominated in the Arts & Culture category, works tirelessly to promote drama and the arts, particularly in his home town of Largs. He has been one of Scotland’s youngest musical directors, a founding member of The McDougalls, and former chair of Barrfields User Group, ensuring a future for Barrfields Theatre in Largs. He also works extensively with Largs Youth Theatre.

Amanda Simpson - Amanda is an enthusiastic advocate for her local community and is secretary of Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society. She devotes a huge amount of her time celebrating the rich history of the castle and sharing her knowledge with others, while also organising a range of activities to involve the Ardrossan community.

North Ayrshire Young Citizen of the Year, sponsored by Cunninghame Housing Association

Ellie Hannah - Ellie is a Young Ambassador at Irvine’s Greenwood Academy, promoting sport to fellow pupils and within the local community. She has become a role model to younger pupils, motivating and inspiring them to take part in sport and improve their physical activity, even organising events such as 'dance-a-thons'.

Eleanor Thomas - Despite being registered blind, 14 year old Eleanor has refused to let it get in the way of being a beacon of light in her community. She is a member of Irvine Neighbourhood Youth Forum and is also involved with Year of the Young People 2018.  She works to improve the lives of people her age by organising events, raising money for local charities.

Adrienne Thomson - When Adrienne fell from a window in 2012 breaking her back, she was told that she would not be able to fulfil her dream of being a dancer. But her determination and love of activity – whether it’s football, netball, hockey, gymnastics, running – spurred her to defy expectations and she is now a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Zumba instructor, as well as attending Caledonian University to become a PE Teacher.

North Ayrshire Arts and Culture Award, sponsored by Saltire Facilities Management

The International Historical, Cultural & Geographical Agency – The group meets weekly at the historic Champion Shell Inn in Stevenston with members keen to keep history alive and promote international connections. The group actively works to restore and preserve sites of historical importance and also run regular trips to places of interest.

Ryan Moir – Each week, Ryan works with well over 130 children in Largs Youth Theatre, aged four to 17, teaching them drama, music and self-belief. These children have put on highly professional shows and many have gone on to study the arts in further education. Ryan is also well known for his work with the children’s entertainers The McDougalls. Ryan is also nominated in the Citizen of the Year category.

Irvine Folk Club – One of the oldest folk clubs in Scotland, Irvine Folk Club has established a well-earned reputation for great music spanning five decades.  With a dedicated group of volunteers, the group marked its 50th anniversary in 2016, making them the longest continuously running folk club in Scotland. In addition to their own programme of entertainment, they also organise the Marymass Folk Festival, which runs each August as part of the Marymass celebrations.

The Community Group Award, sponsored by Bridgend Motor Group

The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety – The charity offer their personal safety training, advice and workshops to businesses, groups and individuals in and around the North Ayrshire area. In particular, they have been heavily involved in providing help and advice to survivors of violence, children and vulnerable people, and those with disabilities.

Clyde Porpoise CIC – The not for profit Community Interest Company aims to raise awareness of our precious marine environment here in North Ayrshire. The project proudly offers volunteer opportunities and vocational training to scores of community participants and delivers experiential learning opportunities for all, including Syrian refugee and other excluded community members.

Whitlees Community Association – Taking on a once underused community centre in Ardrossan, Whitlees Community Association committee have transformed it into a hugely effective community asset that is wholly focused on meeting the needs of local residents. Providing a wide array of activities, the campaigning committee members are ensuring the centre is now a real hub for the community.

North Ayrshire Sports Award, sponsored by KA Leisure

North Ayrshire Athletics Club – The club has been a real jewel in North Ayrshire’s sporting crown, helping to promote athletics and ensure that all who participate either as athletes or volunteers enjoy the experience. The club is run by volunteers and provides an opportunity for social interaction and improvement in health for participants from three to over 70 years of age, making a direct difference to the health of over 300 people, and enthusing many others.

Active Schools Young Leaders Arran – The highly dedicated team of Active Schools Young Leaders deliver more than 20 different sports opportunities a week within Arran High School, giving up their time to volunteer and encourage students to take part in sport outwith school hours. Amazingly, up to 90 per cent of the island’s p5-p7 pupils enjoy a Monday night sports club.

Abby Crombie & Rachel Gorman – Kilwinning Academy students Rachel and Abby have become inspirational leaders in promoting sports within their school and wider community. Having completed their Active Schools Young Leaders Course, the girls serve up extra-curricular netball and dodgeball clubs which has led to them working with primary pupils too.

Over the coming weeks, we will go into more detail about each of our finalists to help you decide who to vote for.

All votes must be received by Thursday, 8 March, at noon. Vote now!

Each of our finalists will join Provost Clarkson at the prestigious awards ceremony at the Portal on Friday, March 16.

Once again, proceeds from the event will go to two amazing charities - Cash for Kids, which provides support to the most vulnerable children within our communities, and The Ayrshire Hospice, which provides outstanding quality care and services to the community.

Every year, local organisations make a huge contribution to this event and it is hoped that many more will also come forward and show their support. Local businesses and organisations who wish to book a table, donate a prize for the raffle and auction, or support the event in any way, should contact the Council’s Corporate Communications Team on 01294 324137.