Celebrating the borough’s inspirational volunteers

TV presenter Claire McCollum with Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering award winner, Billy Snoddy. INNT 37-527CON Pic by Paul Moane, Aurora PA
TV presenter Claire McCollum with Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering award winner, Billy Snoddy. INNT 37-527CON Pic by Paul Moane, Aurora PA
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THE prestigious 2012 Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades were held on Thursday, September 6 at Theatre at The Mill. 

The bi-annual awards, organised by Newtownabbey Borough Council in association with Volunteer Now, recognise individuals and groups who volunteer in communities across the borough.
The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Claire McCollum, with the Minster for Social Development, Nelson McCausland MLA and the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Joan Christie OBE in attendance as guest speakers.

Commenting on the success of the event, Mayor Victor Robinson said: “The Volunteer Accolades provide a great opportunity to recognise and highlight the wealth and diversity of volunteering talent in the borough. Volunteers are making a tremendous impact in their local communities and undoubtedly make a real difference in people’s lives. Their stories are inspiring and should encourage us all to play a more active role in our communities through volunteering.”

The recipients of the 2012 Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades were: Inspiration - Albert Green; Creativity and Resourcefulness - Robert Cullinan; Impact - The Befriending Scheme; Dedication and Commitment - Adelyn Carr; Leadership - Dr Peter Watson; Personal Development - Roberta McKay; Mentoring - Edward Fleming; Entrepreneurial Spirit - The White House Preservation Trust; Mayor’s Award - Gary Stitt; Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering - Billy Snoddy.

Newtownabbey Borough Council thanked award sponsors Newtownabbey Rotary Club, Volunteer Now, Glen Houston Entertainments, Central Source, University of Ulster, CW Events Management, United Bus Company and EA Davies and Company for their support.

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