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Celebrating a Falkirk Walking Champion


News release: Celebrating a Falkirk Walking Champion

A Dunipace volunteer has been nominated in the 2013 Paths for All volunteer awards.  Retired School teacher Jean Weir with the Community Green Initiative has been nominated for Paths for All Community Path Volunteer of the Year award by Sue Wylie Development Officer with Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Programme and Michelle MillerAllen, Secretary with the Community Green Initiative in Dunipace.

Jean has been involved in improving access within Herbertshire Castle Park/Gala Park which serves Dunipace and Denny. Initially 25m of existing paths were to be improved for wheel chair and buggie access. This was achieved with an additional 98m of new paths developed with seating. A viewing area over the River Carron and park interpretation was also created. Jean was nominated because managing a project over two years from: consultation; to grant fundraising; to procurement; to keeping other volunteers on board; to completion, is not easy.

Fellow volunteer Michelle MillerAllen said: “Jean is an inspiration to all of us and to anyone in the community with whom she engages as our representative. She is friendly, supportive, proactive, compassionate, creative and a natural leader.

Jean retired as a school teacher and didn’t take one breath before she jumped into this volunteer project, bringing to it talents and skills honed during her professional life. ”   

Winners will be announced at a Scottish Parliament reception on 17 December sponsored by Patricia Ferguson MSP with broadcaster Mark Stephen and MSP Shona Robison Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport presenting awards for:              

  1. Community Path Volunteer of the Year
  2. Health Walk Volunteer of the Year
  3. Volunteer Manager of the Year
  4. Workplace Volunteer of the Year
  5. Step Count Challenge Volunteer of the Year

Volunteers are vital for Paths for All to develop and maintain paths networks enabling everyday walking for everyone in Scotland.  Chief Officer Ian Findlay said: “Our awards are our opportunity to say thank you to the amazing volunteers who are out walking in all weathers everyday delivering Scotland’s Physical Activity Strategy. We want to celebrate their amazing achievements and dedication.”