Five fantastic volunteers were announced as winners at our ‘Celebrating Scotland’s Walking Champions’ awards ceremony at The Scottish Parliament last night.
Our annual awards celebrate the achievements of volunteers and their contribution to getting Scotland more active. Volunteers involved in Walking for Health and developing community paths were celebrated at the Volunteer Awards ceremony on 17 December 2013. We were delighted to have MSP Patricia Ferguson sponsor the awards which were chaired by our President broadcaster Mark Stephen. Awards were presented by MSP Shona Robison Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.
Well done to our five award winners:
- Community Path Volunteer of the Year - Jean Weir, Community Green Initiative, Denny, Falkirk
- Health Walk Volunteer of the Year - Robert Russell, Stirling Walking Network, Active Stirling
- Volunteer Manager of the Year - Denise Carmichael, Walk It, Scottish Borders Council
- Workplace Volunteer of the Year - Margaret Meechan, City of Edinburgh Council
- Step Count Challenge Volunteer of the Year – Catherine Bertuccelli, The Bean Counters at East Renfrewshire Council
Click here to read more about their inspiring achievements in getting scotland walking.
MSP Patricia Ferguson was amazed by the commitment and energy of all five winners. She said: “I was truly inspired by the energy and dedication of community and workplace volunteers who are improving health and mental wellbeing outcomes by promoting walking.”
Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison said: “Volunteers play an important role in delivering sport and physical activity across the whole of Scotland. Recognising and celebrating the contribution and difference they can make is hugely important.
"I’m delighted that this evening’s awards highlight this contribution to help Scots live longer, healthier lives, and wholeheartedly congratulate all five walking champions for their dedication and inspiration.”
Broadcaster Mark Stephen and President of Paths for All enjoyed the lively event saying: “Awards are a great way to celebrate the hard work and passion of volunteers. Well done to every volunteer involved in improving paths or motivating others to enjoy a refreshing walk.
"Each and every one of our finalists have done super work making Scotland healthier, fitter and happier.”
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 volunteer awards are a great opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate the role of volunteers who are enabling everyone, everywhere to walk everyday. Well done to the winners and all 41 nominees. You are all walking champions helping to get Scotland more active.”