Volunteers from across the borough were recognised at the 2014 Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades, held earlier this month in the Theatre at The Mill.
The biennial awards are organised by Newtownabbey Borough Council in association with Volunteer Now.
The ceremony was hosted by broadcaster Claire McCollum, with outgoing Minster for Social Development, Nelson McCausland and the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Joan Christie OBE in attendance.
“I am extremely impressed by the sheer scale and variety of the volunteering activity undertaken in Newtownabbey,” said Mr McCausland. “These volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and abilities to helping others and I am pleased that Newtownabbey Borough Council and its partners have recognised their efforts through the Volunteer Accolades Scheme.
“My Department is committed to building on the excellent work being done in Newtownabbey and beyond. Our Volunteering Strategy empowers local people to contribute to the regeneration and improvement of their communities by strengthening networks and local partnerships and developing and increasing volunteering and active citizenship.
“It is a privilege to see the results of this strategy in action and I congratulate all nominees and winners alike.”
The recipients of the 2014 Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades were:
Inspiration: Rosalind Ware
Creativity and Resourcefulness: Bob Adams
Impact: Mina McKinney
Dedication and Commitment: Shirley Cooke
Leadership: Brian Hamilton
Mentoring: Abbots Cross Special Olympics Club
Personal Development: June McKee
Entrepreneurial Spirit: Barry Macaulay
Overall Volunteer of the Year 2014: Mina McKinney
Mayor’s Award: Bob Jones
Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering: Annie Anderson and Tommy Kernoghan
This year’s sponsors were Newtownabbey Rotary Club, Volunteer Now, Central Source, University of Ulster, Hillmount Garden Centre, United Bus Company and EA Davies and Company.