Local MSP Craig Hoy has praised the winners of the East Lothian Inspiring Volunteer Awards, securing support from fellow MSPs for a motion in the Scottish Parliament.
The motion was supported by a number of MSPs and recognised the success of local volunteers and their “awe inspiring” contribution during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting South of Scotland MSP and Haddington Councillor Craig Hoy said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners and shortlisted nominees who were recognised at the Inspiring Volunteer Awards. Our network of volunteers in the county do a power of work across the county.
He added: “During the Covid-19 pandemic the contribution of local volunteers was awe-inspiring and I was pleased to see cross-party colleagues in the Scottish Parliament supporting my motion recognising their tremendous contribution to our community.”
Text of the motion:
East Lothian Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2021 Announce Winners
Submitted by: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, June 7, 2021
That the Parliament congratulates all of the winners of the Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2021; recognises that the awards are about celebrating the incredible efforts of volunteers in East Lothian; notes the categories and winners are as follows; Community Volunteer of the Year, Graham Samuel, Health and Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year, Colin McIivenny, Lifelong Commitment Volunteer of the Year, Robert Mitchell, Outstanding Trustee of the Year, Alison Reynolds, Volunteer Team of the Year, Our Community Kitchen Team and Young Volunteer of the Year, Imogen Woods; understands that the nominations are made by local third or public sector workers; acknowledges how essential volunteers are to society, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when an awe-inspiring number of people across East Lothian stepped up and volunteered their help, and thanks all the winners and nominees for their tremendous contribution to their community.