Retirement enabled former high school teacher, Jean Weir to regenerate the Herbertshire Castle Park in Dunipace. The work she did, through CGI, included combining the skills of local people, networking with Falkirk Council staff, and obtaining advice from Paths For All. As a result of her work, we see an improvement of 100m of path network for wheelchair and buggy access; seating has been installed, interpretation developed (in progress) and a community bulletin board sign has been installed. A viewing area over the River Carron is also in progress.
To win this award, Jean received two nominations. One from fellow volunteer – Michelle Miller Allen Secretary of CGI, and Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER Programme’s – Sue Wylie.
“Managing a project over two years—from consultation to grant fundraising to procurement; to keeping other volunteers on board; to near completion—is not easy! Jean has been committed, well organised and open to learning throughout,” said Michelle and Sue in support of their nominations. “Jean is friendly, supportive, proactive, compassionate, creative, a natural leader. She is living proof that life isn't just about a career, but about what you give of yourself.”
Not only is Jean Weir the Community Path Volunteer of the Year, she is the first person to complete Paths for All’s Managing Path Construction online training course.
Jean received her trophy and a cheque for CGI’s works at a ceremony and reception held by Paths for All at Scottish Parliament in December 2013. Several CGI members attended, having decided to make this their annual Christmas celebration. After the awards event, they spent time at the outdoor German Market in Edinburgh, followed by a wee pint at the train station before returning to Dunipace and Falkirk. A very good time was had by all, and all were very proud of Jean!
"I was delighted and honoured to receive the Community Path Volunteer Award,” said Jean at the ceremony. “It was great that so many of the CGI members and supporters were able to join me at the celebration. The park project CGI is working on is a team effort. The award reflects how forging good partnerships can make things happen for the benefit of the community."