Last night (Thursday 5th February) saw the presentation of four Saltire Summit Awards at ACVO, Castlegate.
The Saltire Summit Award is an extremely prestigious award which recognises the outstanding contribution of young volunteers in Scotland. Volunteers are nominated for the Award by the organisation they volunteer with and the nominations are peer assessed by a panel of Saltire Ambassadors who decide who merits the Award.
Only 12 of theses awards are given each year in Aberdeen and this round recognised the volunteering contributions of Larissa Karpa, Caitlin Murphy, Robert McDonald and Cameron MacKay. These amazing young people turned up with workers, colleagues and relatives to celebrate their awards, given for ‘outstanding volunteering’.
Three Saltire Ambassadors – Leanne Eden, Fraser Conway and Elena Kitt presented the awards in a friendly and informal evening of celebration.
Here’s what the people who put their names forward said about them:
Gayle Kaufmann from Apex said of Larissa Karpa
“Wanting to gain experience, Larissa brought excellent knowledge to her training sessions with around 50 clients; but she didn’t stop at teaching others. She also embraces the Apex ethos of lifelong learning and professional development; which in turn increases the value of what we can offer to clients.”
James McQueen of Cornerstone said of Caitlin Murphy
“Caitlin has made a big impact across a variety of voluntary organisations. Caitlin is a very committed and reliable person who brings a lot of skills to her volunteering such as her creativity and drive. She gets along with everyone and has a good understanding of the sector which allows her to fit into any role.”
Adele Keith of SHMU (Station House Media Unit) said of Robert McDonald
“Robert has shown a great deal of dedication to shmu, taken on many roles within our radio and TV strands, and has also spent a lot of time supporting others to participate. We are very proud of Robert who has changed a great deal from when he first started with shmu and we feel he has grown into a patient, articulate and knowledgeable young person. “
Nick Asante-Ampaduh said of Cameron MacKay
“I nominated Cameron as he has exceeded all expectations in a very demanding role and dedicated himself to delivering first class care of Hayfield Horses and Yard. Cameron continued to work throughout some very severe weather last winter and also helped lessen the burden to staff in the day to day running of the yard so that they could more effectively manage a strangles outbreak amongst some key horses.”
ACVO is very happy to be recognising the outstanding achievement of these young people. The Saltire Awards as a whole have been a fantastic way to reward young people for all the time and effort they put into volunteering and the response to the scheme has been fantastic.
Nomination are open for the next round of Summit Awards. The closing date for nominations is THURSDAY 19TH MARCH. You can download the form here Please fill it in and email it to Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org If you would prefer to send a hard copy, please send ti Cate Garrow, Volunteer Development Worker, ACVO TSI, 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5YU