Skye volunteers presented with civic awards

web-Civic-Awards-1Community groups and volunteers on Skye were recognised last week at Highland Council’s annual civic awards in Portree.

As part of Monday’s ward forum, four organisations and individuals were presented with commemorative plates by councillors Hamish Fraser and John Gordon. However, in two categories — arts and music and enterprise — there were no nominations.

Among the winners was Jenny MacKenzie from Kyleakin – nominated by primary school pupils – for her contributions to sport, particularly shinty and badminton, over the last 30 years. Jenny still volunteers on the hall committee, gala and WRI and has volunteered in the WRVS. She collects for Cancer Research, and has helped organise the Children’s Christmas parties over many years and now the Senior Citizens night out.

The other winners were: Skye Camanachd, nominated by Neil Stephenson for the performance of the first team, second team, under-17s, Skye Ladies, under-14s, as well as their success in the Marine Harvest National Awards; Heidi Hoffman, nominated by Broadford and Strath Community Company, for weeding and planting in the community garden, and for her assistance with the new allotment site in the community woodland; and Mary Anne MacFarlane from Skeabost, nominated by Skeabost and District Community Council, for her 40 years’ continuous service on the community council and for her other volunteering work.

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Mary Anne MacFarlane is presented with her award by local councillor John Gordon