Volunteers and community groups who have gone above and beyond for Aberdeenshire are set to be recognised.
A shortlist of 30 finalists across 10 categories has been released for this year’s Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards.
Finalists include the volunteers who keep sports clubs going, those who care for the elderly and vulnerable, and those who have helped settle new ‘Syrian Scots’.
Now in its fifth year the bash is organised by Aberdeenshire Council.
The awards celebrate the work and achievements of residents and council staff across the region.
Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson said the awards recognise those who better the lives of their communities.
He said: “The Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards are a great opportunity to recognise the work of those who make a difference to the lives of their whole communities.
“Finalists include those who raise money for charity and those who ensure young people have a voice in decision-making, as well as those who bring music to our children and communities.
“Personally, I like to think that the Inspiring Aberdeenshire awards highlight the achievements of the people who ‘quietly get on’ and work to make the lives of others better and help to make Aberdeenshire the wonderful place to live that it is.”
The categories include the “best of” the six areas: Banff and Buchan Buchan, Formartine, Garioch, Kincardine and Mearns and Marr.
There are also four special awards, including outstanding leader, young leader, the Doric award and the pupil voice award.
Mr Howatson added: “I wish everyone the best for the ceremony on the June 23 and am looking forward to learning more about them all and the work they do.”
The search for people who go the extra mile to help others this year was launched back in November.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place at Haddo House on Friday, June 23.
The shortlist of nominees and the award categories
BEST OF GARIOCH
Jade McWilliam – Fundraiser and Britain’s smallest open heart surgery survivor.
SensationALL – Support and services for individuals with learning disabilities and their families.
The Amal Project – Syrian New Scots contributing to their community.
BEST OF KINCARDINE AND MEARNS
South Aberdeenshire Music Centre – Inspiring musicians and encouraging talent.
Adam Howie – Member of the council’s refuse team who strives to make his community a brighter place.
Christina and Sharon Polson – Twin sisters going above and beyond in their community.
BEST OF MARR
James Gordon – 90-year-old volunteer who helped set up the Grampian Transport Museum.
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank – Provides emergency food relief to struggling individuals and families.
Networks of Wellbeing – Supporting the people of Huntly in maintaining their mental health and wellbeing.
BEST OF BUCHAN
William and Margaret McRobbie – Light up the village and raise money for St Combs Primary School every year with their Christmas lights.
MASA Club (Minds Applying STEM Activities) – Introducing children to science and technology in rural communities.
Arch24 – 24hr responders for Care at Home.
BEST OF BANFF AND BUCHAN
Anne McArthur – Scottish Country Dance teacher for over 40 years.
Norman Whyte – For work helping housing schemes.
Invercairn Community Support – For running one of the most successful galas in the North-east.
BEST OF FORMARTINE
Peter Scarlett – Joiner, using his skills to help train people with learning difficulties.
Turriff Academy Cleaning Team – Keeping the school clean and tidy.
Jay Allan – Runs the Ythan View in Methlick and volunteers in the community.
Cherry Hudson – 17-year-old community volunteer in Alford.
Connor Smith – 16-year-old volunteer with the Banchory Boys Football Club, awarded Saltire award for 500 hours of volunteering.
Aberdeenshire Youth Council – Campaigning group ensuring young people’s voices are heard.
Christine McLennan – Works tirelessly with the Pupil Participation Forum across Aberdeenshire’s secondary schools.
Katie MacLean – For her work with the Syria Partnership Group.
Roisin Steele – Banff Academy teacher who led a team of rowers to World Championship medal success.
Rhyes Johnstone – Pupil at Glenbervie Primary School who helped to replant the school garden after Storm Frank, all while grieving for his grandfather MSP Alex Johnstone.
Jonathan Edwards – S2 Pupil at Banff Academy who has been battling a brain tumour since 2011 and has raised thousands of pounds for sick children.
Isaac Bacon – Pupil at Inverurie Academy who has represented the school on the Pupil Participation Forum and is the Inverurie Rotary Young Musician of the Year.
Monymusk Primary School – Learning Doric as one of their additional languages and writing their own Doric Dictionary ‘Hud it Chappin’.
Nom Wright – Keeping Doric Alive writing the front piece for the ‘Insch Insider’.
Sandy May – Leading light of Buchan Heritage and involved in Heirskip Magazine.