Aberdeen City Council staff awarded for services to public

Aberdeen in Bloom team receive their Team of the Year accolade with Jenny Laing.
Aberdeen in Bloom team receive their Team of the Year accolade with Jenny Laing.

Aberdeen City Council workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty have been recognised for their dedication at a lavish awards bash.

The Star Awards took place at a special ceremony at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom last night with local authority employees praised for their hard work.

As part of this year’s awards, Evening Express readers were asked to vote for their People’s Champion.

Each of the nominated workers was featured in the Evening Express with almost 3,000 readers taking the time to vote for their council employee they thought was worthiest of this special award.

Guests were entertained by pipers.

Angela Scott, chief executive of Aberdeen City Council, congratulated everyone involved.

She said: “I never fail to come away from the Star Awards feeling energised by the efforts of colleagues – not to mention humbled by the selflessness that shines through time and time again.

“The Star Awards underline the excellence that is such a big part of life at Aberdeen City Council.

“There’s so much to admire and to celebrate – my congratulations go to everyone nominated, all of the finalists and of course the award winners.”

Judges from the public and private sector in Aberdeen helped select winners from around 150 nominations from Aberdeen City Council employees and members of the public.

They had the difficult task of picking the winners from the 25 shortlisted council workers.

Judges chose the team behind Aberdeen in Bloom, from the council’s environmental services department as Team of the Year.

The victors beat out the waste and recycling team, and the governance project team to take home the gong at last night’s awards.

Dancers from Walker Road entertained the audience.

Elsewhere, electrician Graeme Baird held off administration officer Roy MacQueen and gardener Karen Gellatly to walk away as this year’s Rising Star, which celebrates newcomers to council roles who have impressed coworkers.

City council co-leader Jenny Laing said each of the nominees was a credit to the local authority.

She said: “I never fail to come away from the Star Awards feeling energised by the efforts of colleagues – not to mention humbled by the selflessness that shines through time and time again.

“Aberdeen City Council employees make a substantial difference to the lives of our residents daily and the Star Awards are a great opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes and heroines of this great city, and to celebrate the excellent work that they do.

“It’s clear why this year’s finalists have been nominated and I would like to congratulate them and of course the winners – they are a credit to the council.”

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